May 5, 2008

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Renovation projects get green light from trustees

The BGSU Board of Trustees on Friday (May 2) approved a $4 million renovation of the Ice Arena, replacement of roofs on six other campus buildings and construction of a central chiller plant that will serve several buildings.

The trustees also heard presentations from leaders of BGSU arts programs, supporting the proposed designation of the arts as one of the University’s “centers of excellence”—which each Ohio public university must now identify to meet a state mandate—and from the co-chairs of the University Strategic Planning Group, who provided an update on that process.

The Ice Arena renovation is intended to address a series of issues, including repair of the building envelope-internal and external-and the roof, wall damage from leaking, gutter replacement, insulation and other humidity remediation efforts, as well as replacement of ice-making equipment. "A variety of additional facility enhancements could be added to the project scope, but only if private fund-raising efforts in the athletic department are successful," noted Sherideen Stoll, CFO and vice president for finance and administration.

Roof replacement is planned this summer and early fall, at an estimated cost of about $1.3 million, for Overman Hall, the second floor of Jerome Library, the Health Center, Life Sciences Building, Technology Building and the third floor of the Administration Building.

The central chiller plant approved by the trustees will provide cooling to the Fine Arts Center, Moore Musical Arts Center, the Health Center and, eventually, the planned Wolfe Center for the Arts. The 6,000-square-foot plant will be located next to the Fine Arts Center, with construction expected to begin in June 2009.


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