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Oct. 21, 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU Regents approve FY2007 capital outlay request

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a fiscal year 2007 capital outlay budget request for the modernization of Pray-Harrold, the University’s largest classroom building.

The estimated cost to renovate Pray-Harrold is $52.7 million. The University will pay the complete cost of $15 million for construction of a new addition to Pray-Harrold. The remaining $37.7 million will be split by EMU and the state as part of Michigan’s matching process. EMU will pay 25 percent of the remainder, or $9.4 million. The state will pay the balance of $28.3 million. Total cost to EMU will be $24.5 million, or 46.3 of $52.7 million.

            “Pray-Harrold has been our top priority since 1999 because it is one of our critical needs,” said Steve Holda, director of business and finance at EMU. “We have identified deficiencies with the building which include inadequate technology infrastructure, inadequate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and inadequate handicap accessibility.”

            Pray-Harrold was built in 1969 as the state of Michigan’s single largest classroom building. For the past 36 years the building has been utilized at capacity, servicing about 10,000 students each instructional day.

            Despite having one of the oldest campuses in Michigan, EMU has not had a capital outlay project funded by the state since 1996. While EMU enrolls more than 8 percent of the students attending a Michigan public university in the last ten years, EMU has received lass than 2 percent of the approved capital outlay funding and ranks last in percentage of capital outlay funding among the 15 public universities.

            While EMU remains committed to Pray-Harrold, the state requires identification of other capital projects to be included in the Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan. Additional projects include: renovation of Mark-Jefferson Science Building and the addition of a science laboratory; renovation of Strong Hall, renovation of Sill Hall and a new fine and performing arts facility.

            “All of the projects we have included will have a significant impact on our students, but the Pray-Harrold renovation is the clear choice because it is serves the most students,” Holda said.

•             In a related board action, the regents authorized the administration to perform all acts and deeds to execute and deliver all instruments and documents for and on behalf of the University to complete the sale of bonds to finance funding requirements related to costs associated with planned construction and renovations. Those projects include: the renovation of Pray-Harrold, the renovation of the Mark Jefferson Science Building, renovation of student housing, new construction and campus capital improvements and asset preservation projects.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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