Construction projects at USU total 13

As USU continues expansion over the next few years, its campuses will take on new features. The most recent work-in-progress is the new College of Agriculture building located immediately west of the business building.”We have a lot of different projects that are at different stages of completion,” said Vice President for Business and Finance Dave Cowley.A portion of the southwest exterior wall of the College of Agriculture building has been erected. Cowley said the almost-$46 million, state-funded project should be completed around January 2012.”The old building is actually scheduled for demolition,” Cowley said, “It’s part of the project.” The current college of agriculture building is just south of the biology and natural resources building.The journalism and communications department will be moved to the new building along with agriculture upon completion.Each year as USU leaders put together their requests for state funding, they develop a planning document referred to as the five-year plan, Cowley said.”In most cases we don’t yet have funding secured for these projects, so the list shows the projects we would like to begin as funding allows,” he said.The new RCDE building is planned to replace the Quonset hut, a World War II surplus structure, which currently houses Utah Public Radio (UPR). The site is adjacent to 1200 East across from the nutrition and food science building and is estimated to be complete in 2012 (see Page 3 for full story.)

<strong>A Closer Look at the Five-Year Plan</strong>

The current five-year plan for fiscal year 2011-12 contains a total of 13 project proposals. The grand total for approximated budgets according to the plan is $228.8 million.Project No. 1 is a two-phase addition and renovation for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.”The phasing of this project is necessary due to the lack of space to relocate the existing Jon M. Huntsman School of Business functions during renovation,” the plan states.The first phase of this project is the construction of a three- or four-story building that would replace Lund Hall. The second phase would address seismic weaknesses and worn mechanical and electrical systems.The plan also states: “Much of the interior is the original decor and does not adequately reflect the caliber of teaching and research happening in the building.” The proposed budget for this project is approximately $60 million.Project No. 2 is a proposed overhaul of the deteriorating systems of the Kent Concert Hall and the Morgan Theatre. Updates would include new electrical, lighting and ceilings. The proposed budget is approximately $20.3 million.”The music and theatre programs will both be greatly enhanced by these improvements, and the entire campus and community will be served by increasing safety and quality of the venue,” the plan states.

<a href=”http://www.aggietownsquare.com/”>To read about the rest of the projects on the Utah Statesman website, click here.</a>

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