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4/14/2012 12:50:00 PM
State OKs $35 million for Indiana State University construction, renovation


Madison — Indiana’s State Budget Committee on Friday approved more than $35 million for student housing and other facility improvements at Indiana State University.

The budget committee, which met in Madison, endorsed three separate projects that will upgrade on-campus student housing and put a new roof on Hulman Center.

“These are major projects that will certainly impact the quality of life for Indiana State students and improve services for the entire ISU population,” said State Rep. Clyde Kersey, D-Terre Haute.

The largest of the three projects is $24 million to finance construction of the North Campus Residence Hall student housing, a 352-bed facility to be located immediately south of Lincoln Quad and the new Student Recreation Center. It will be located in an area currently used for faculty and staff parking.

Units will range from double-occupancy rooms for underclassmen to single rooms for seniors. Construction of the housing is expected to be completed by mid-2013. Late last year, ISU officials described the complex as small group housing intended for organizations such as sororities and fraternities.

The housing would consist of two, four-story complexes. Each complex would have four separate buildings, and each building would house up to 45 members of a student organization. The buildings would be connected by stairwells and elevators.

“It will truly look like individual houses,” Rex Kendall, ISU director of residential life, said late last year. “This is something very different for our campus.”

A second housing project, estimated to cost $10 million, calls for the renovation of Erickson Hall. The facility, originally built in 1960 as a residence hall, has been used for academic and administrative space since 1996. The renovation project is designed to provide 260 beds.

Renovation of Erickson Hall also is expected to be finished by the middle of next year.

“Most of the housing on the Indiana State campus is in need of major improvement,” Kersey said. There has been no new residence facility built on the ISU campus since the late 1960s. About 30 percent of the Indiana State student body lives in on-campus housing, and the demand is so high that the university must house some students at a local hotel.

“The university’s master plan calls for renovating and upgrading existing student housing over the next 10 years, and the two projects approved today are critical steps in achieving the goal,” Kersey said.

Both projects will be financed through a combination of bonds and residence hall capital reserves.

The final project calls for the replacement of the Hulman Center roof at a cost of $1.3 million.

The existing roof already has exceeded its expected life span, and there has been major water damage, ongoing leaks and interior deterioration, Kersey said. “There have been major repairs through the years, but now is the time to put on a new roof.”

Officials said work on the new roof could begin as early as May, with a targeted completion date of August.

The project will be financed primarily through a combination of bond fund and facilities reserves.

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