Renovation, Expansion of Science Complex Tops Southeast’s FY11 Capital Budget Request

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 19, 2009 – Renovation and expansion of the science complex at Southeast Missouri State University remains atop its fiscal 2011 capital budget approved today by the University’s Board of Regents.

The capital budget request, to be submitted to the Department of Higher Education, includes a budget request and long range plan requests.

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, said the University is requesting $37 million for renovation and expansion of the science complex, which continues to be Southeast’s first priority for capital development. She said improvements to the science complex were also the top priority in last year’s request, underscoring the University’s commitment to the development of applied sciences in Missouri and teaching through real world experiences.

“Much of the University’s existing laboratory space was built and equipped in the early 1960s,” Mangels said.

She said the University’s Campus Master Plan identifies the need for additional specialized lab space due to changes in technology and advances in lab design. The need is compounded, she said, by the requirements of the University’s environmental science program.

“Because of the dated infrastructure of Magill, Rhodes and Johnson Halls, the construction of a new building with state-of-the-art wet lab space, followed by renovation of the remaining buildings for improved instructional space and to meet contemporary standards for infrastructure, is the most effective way of meeting those needs,” Mangels said.

The University’s second capital budget request is $32.8 million for major renovation and maintenance and repair projects. Mangels says there are numerous mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural renovation projects that need to be completed to prevent future catastrophic damages. Current state funding for maintenance and repair is at a level that only funds minor maintenance and repair projects, typically less than $100,000 in scope, she said. The projects in this request could be implemented immediately and completed within the next two years, she said.

Long-range plan requests approved today include renovation of Academic Hall and Kent Library in 2012, Grauel Building and Memorial Hall in 2013, the Art Building and Brandt Hall of Music in 2014, and Scully Building and the campus tunnels in 2015.