Trustees Prioritize Capital Budget Requests
Trustees Prioritize Capital Budget Requests OHIO STATE FOCUSES ON RENOVATIONS FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Board of Trustees Friday (7/9) established nearly $100 million in capital budget priorities, with an emphasis on renovation and rehabilitation of old campus buildings. In addition, the trustees recommended $25.6 million in projects at the Newark, Marion, Mansfield and Lima campuses, the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center facilities across the state. The concentration on repair and renovation will help address a huge backlog of deferred maintenance at the university. The Ohio Board of Regents has announced that renovation projects will tend to be viewed more favorably than new construction. The Board of Regents will consider the recommendations of Ohio State and other universities and prepare an overall priority list for higher education. The Regents will forward their recommendations to the governor later this year for inclusion in the 1995-96 capital appropriations bill. In the 1993-94 biennium, Ohio State received $62.1 million. Ohio State campus planning officials say that the university is changing its focus after decades of new construction to meet increasing enrollments to one of rehabilitating and renovating existing space now that enrollments have peaked. Columbus campus projects requested by Ohio State include $20 million in basic and supplemental renovations, $30 million for phase 1 construction of new College of Business facilities, and $17.5 million for a Life Sciences Research Laboratory Building. The remaining $30 million would be used to rehabilitate Hale Hall, McPherson Laboratory, the Health Sciences Library, Howlett Hall Greenhouses and Sisson Hall. Regional campus priorities include $1.2 million for basic and supplemental renovations, $900,000 for the Conard Learning Center at the Mansfield campus, $1.5 million for a maintenance, receiving and storage building at the Marion campus, $900,000 for other renovations at Marion, and $500,000 to begin planning a life and physical sciences building at Lima. Priorities for the Agricultural Technical Institute are $589,300 in basic and supplemental renovations, $400,000 for a horticulture operations center, and $2,640,000 for an equine and farm management center. OARDC priorities total $16.9 million, with $1,875,700 for supplemental renovations and $3 million for equipment replacement. Other projects are phase 2 construction of the horticulture greenhouse, $4.1 million; phase 3 renovation of Thorne and Gourley halls, $2,409,000; a pesticide storage and disposal building, $1,040,000; and grain storage and an addition to the feed processing building, $1,175,000. OARDC also seeks office, laboratory, shop and storage buildings at the Union County Farm, $1,065,000; and buildings and improvements at the Mahoning County Experimental and Educational Farm, $4,270,750. Ohio State has dropped plans for a classroom building for undergraduate students on the site of the Neil-17th building. Rather, the classroom space will be gained by building classrooms as part of a new College of Business building, and renovating Hagerty Hall. When vacated by the business college, Hagerty can meet the needs for the College of Humanities and provide additional classroom space. The Life Sciences building is being sought to address needs of high priority programs housed in facilities that do not meet federal health, safety and accessibility codes. According to the Office of Campus Planning, the buildings can't be renovated while occupied. Once new buildings are constructed, however, the old buildings can be vacated and rehabilitated for other high priority program needs. "Recent building condition audits have identified nearly $125 million in deferred maintenance for our buildings and infrastructure," said David C. Marsh, assistant vice president for facilities plannig. "An increase in funding for deferred maintenance must continue to be a high priority." # Contact: David C. Marsh, assistant vice president for facilities planning, (614) 292-6081. Written by Tom Spring. [Submitted by: GERSTNER (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tue, 13 Jul 93 10:51:25 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.