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Dec. 2, 2003
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EMU regents approve capital outlay request for 2005

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a fiscal year 2005 capital outlay budget request for the modernization of Pray-Harrold, at its Dec. 2 meeting.

The modernization of Pray-Harrold has been EMU's top capital priority since November 2000. However, the state's sluggish economy and budget cuts in state appropriations for higher education have kept the project from moving forward.

"Modernizing Pray-Harrold will positively affect more students than any other capital need of the University. Investing in this project will extend the life of the building, reduce operation costs and offer a more effective learning environment," said John Beaghan, interim vice
president for business and finance.

The original capital outlay request for 2004, submitted to the state in November 2002, also included the revitalization of the Mark Jefferson science building.
Beaghan said that focusing on Pray-Harrold would reduce the requested outlay from the state.

The modernization of the Pray-Harrold classroom building is estimated to cost $41,384,475.

If granted by the state, the University's cost share for the Pray-Harrold project would be $10,346,119.

Pray-Harrold opened in 1969 as the state of Michigan's single largest classroom building. For the past 34 years the building has been utilized at capacity, servicing approximately 10,000 students each instructional day.

The University’s portion of the cost for Pray Harrold would be financed through the sale of bonds, Beaghan said.


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