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Central State University announces $20M in campus upgrades

Central State University announces $20 M in campus upgrades (File photo: WKEF/WRGT)

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Major improvements are in the works at Central State University. The university has announced it will be investing $20 million in upgrades to its campus and facilities.

According to the university, the project will be on-going through the Spring of 2018 and will mean updated dormitories for students, better security, new sidewalks and ADA accessible entrances, a campus-wide camera system and an upgrade to the campus communications infrastructure.

This is a list of the projects and their price tags:

Recently Completed Projects

  • University College
  • Completion: February 2017
  • Project Cost: $85,000
  • University College operations have been relocated to the Norman E. Ward Sr. Center. Workspace upgrades included painting, new flooring, wall treatments and IT upgrades.

Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library Renovation Phase 1

  • Completion: April 2017
  • Project Cost: $3,000,000
  • Renovation of existing space to address roof repairs, HVAC upgrades and several general repairs.

Current Major Projects

Sidewalk and Road Repairs

  • Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
  • Project Budget: $1,800,000
  • In partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, new asphalt, sidewalks, curbs and curb drains will be made on University grounds. New ADA accessible entrances will be installed during this phase of major road and sidewalk repairs. Expected project start date: July 2017.

Williamson Hall

  • Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
  • Project Budget: $750,000
  • Renovations includes full overhaul of floors 3 and 4 and general repairs to the entire building. The contractor will replace the roof, replace flooring, paint, do HVAC repairs, bathroom updates and other general repairs. Project start date: May 2017.

All Other Residential Halls

  • Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
  • Project Budget: $750,000
  • General maintenance and repairs to all residence halls. Project start date: May 2017.

Registrar/Cash Management

  • Targeted Completion Date: August 2017
  • Project Budget: $275,000
  • Renovations to the Ward Center to accommodate the offices of Cash Management and the Registrar are occurring. Both offices are moving from the Newsom Administration building to the Ward Center. The renovation will include a new ceiling, painting and construction of new cubicles and offices. HVAC, electrical and IT updates are included in the renovation.
  • Project start date: June 2017.

Campus Wide Chillers and HVAC Upgrades

  • Targeted Completion Date: September 2017
  • Project Budget: $1,503,350
  • This project includes the replacement of inefficient chillers and HVAC distribution systems in three Academic and Administration buildings. In 2012, the University secured Air Quality Bonds to upgrade the heating energy management system, but did not address the much-needed cooling system upgrades. This project will begin to address the most critical cooling and air handling issues on campus. Project start date: April 2017.

Emery Hall Renovation

  • Targeted Completion Date: December 2017
  • Project Budget: $2,100,000
  • The renovation of the outer wings of Emery Hall, with upgrades to the HVAC, office spaces and all critical services, is in progress. Project start date: May 2017.

Information Technology Network and Infrastructure Upgrades

  • Targeted Completion Date: December 2017
  • Project Budget: $3,447,000
  • Upgrades include the entire campus communication infrastructure. This initiative will upgrade the communication backbone, complete Wi-Fi upgrade, purchase of computers and workstations, and provide a strategic plan for where the institution is moving for its communications needs. Project start date is June 2017.

Campus Security, Safety and Lighting Improvements

  • Targeted Completion Date: December 2017
  • Project Budget: $1,900,000
  • Several major improvements to campus security will occur and will include the following: Door access system, full camera system, improved lighting and emergency response system. Expected project start date is July 2017.

Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library Renovations Phase 2

  • Targeted Completion Date: Spring 2018
  • Project Budget: $5,020,000
  • This is a continuation of Phase 1 and it will address three major components: roof replacement, completion of HVAC upgrades, and library modernization.
  • Project start date: May 2017.

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