Board of Regents building plan includes $19.8M for Columbus State

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 28, 2014 

Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com The main entrance of Columbus State University main campus off of University Avenue.

JOE PAULL — Joe Paull

The four-year building plan the Board of Regents approved last week for the University System of Georgia is good news for Columbus State University.

The board's construction plan, which seeks to allocate about $250 million expected to be in the state budget each year for building and repairing classrooms in the system, includes $17.4 million for renovations and additions at CSU's Lenoir Hall and Schwob Memorial Library next year. The plan also includes an additional $2.4 million for furniture, fixtures and equipment at CSU the following year.

All of this is pending approval from the Georgia Legislature.

"As they have so wonderfully done in the past," said CSU assistant vice president for university relations John Lester, "we expect full support from our legislative delegation to get this through the system."

If the legislature passes the request, CSU would use the money to build a laboratory addition onto Lenoir Hall and a new learning commons onto the library.

"If it gets through the legislature and governor," Lester said, "it will be the first major capital building appropriation we have had since the one that led to the Center for Commerce and Technology, which opened in 2001."

This also would continue CSU's funding momentum. In the past two fiscal years, the state has allocated about $9 million to CSU, including $4.95 million to renovate Arnold Hall and $3.95 million to renovate Howard Hall. The renovation of Howard Hall is scheduled to start this summer and be finished in time for the fall 2015 semester.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

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