by Pamela Young, Published June 19, 2012
The Eastern Michigan Board of Regents approved a $21.7 million capital budget - which includes funding to complete the next phase of Eastern's Science Complex - for fiscal year 2012-13, during its regular meeting on June 19. In addition, the Board voted to place on file, for consideration, a three-year capital plan for 2012-13 through 2014-15.
The budget has targeted $8.5 million for the $90 million, self-funded Science Complex. The next phase, the reopening of Jefferson Hall, is set to be completed on budget and on schedule for Fall 2012.
Recommended major projects in the new capital budget and their costs include: Best Residence Hall renovations, $2 million; IT infrastructure, $1.9 million; classroom technology, $1 million; campus wireless, $0.9 million; parking related projects, $0.9 million; athletic facility projects, $0.9 million; Warner Building renovations, $0.6 million; McKenny Hall renovations, $0.6 million and energy savings, $0.4 million.
Fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13 represent a five-year period of unprecedented capital investment at Eastern. During this time, capital spending will exceed $210 million. The breakdown for that total is two thirds (67 percent) for enhancing academic facilities; 8 percent for housing improvements; 5 percent for IT infrastructure; 4 percent for athletic facilities, with the balance of 16 percent for safety and security, energy savings, parking and infrastructure projects.
The three-year capital plan anticipates earmarking $41.7 million for significant investments in technology (classroom technology, campus wireless, IT infrastructure) and other projects.
Proposed projects include academic facilities, $11.9 million; information technology, $10.6 million; housing, dining, student facilities, $6 million; deferred maintenance, $5.8 million; parking and roadways, $2.9 million; athletics facilities, $2.2 million; contingency/additional needs, $1 million; safety and security, $600,000; and, energy conservation, $525,000.