Cooper Science’s facelift may be on the way.
Ball State has requested $59.9 million from the Indiana General Assembly for the final phase of the STEM & Health Professions Facility Expansion & Renovation.
President Geoffrey Mearns presented to the general assembly the 2019-2021 legislative request executive summary Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse for its biennial budget request.
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According to documents provided to the assembly by the university, the $59.9 million will go toward various construction projects for Cooper, including:
- Demolishing approximately 131,000 square feet
- Renovating approximately 162,000 square feet
- Renovations to house various STEM departments including physics and astronomy; geography; geology; and natural resources and environmental management
- Reduce deferred maintenance backlog from $206 million to $106 million
- Reduce operational costs by more than $1 million annually
Two years ago, the university requested $87.5 million for the second phase of the project, which was approved by the assembly. The second phase expanded STEM facilities and renovated various buildings.
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Other requests from the university included requests of $4.5 million for 2020 and 2021.
According to the documents, since 2005, Ball State will have renovated more than 1.2 million square feet will demolished almost 1 million square feet.
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