The fiscal year 2015 budget Gov. Nathan Deal signed last week gave final approval for $4.95 million in state money to renovate another classroom building at Columbus State University.
CSU plans to start the work on Arnold Hall after finishing the renovation of Howard Hall, which is scheduled to close in June and reopen for the fall 2015 semester, the university announced in a news release. CSU received $3.95 million from the state last year for the Howard Hall project.
"We are tremendously thankful to the governor, our legislative delegation and the Board of Regents for helping us realize almost $10 million over the last few years for much-needed upgrades to the academic core of our campus," CSU president Tim Mescon said in the release.
A laboratory addition to Lenoir Hall and a new "learning commons" addition to the main library are next on CSU's wish list as part of its master plan, Mescon said.
"We're working feverishly to raise private money to meet the state's demand that we bank some money locally before a capital project of that size will be considered," he said in the release.
Born as Columbus College in 1958, it was a two-year institution when it opened in the former Shannon Hosiery Mill on Talbotton Road. The college moved to its present midtown location in 1963 along what was then Cody Road and now is called University Avenue. It became a four-year school in 1965 and gained university status in 1996. The CSU Schwob School of Music moved downtown in 2001, into the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. In 2007, CSU opened its RiverPark Campus downtown, which now contains the art, communication and theater departments in addition to the music school.
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