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November 21, 2013

State OKs $20M in ISU projects

$16M to renovate Normal Hall to house Center for Student Success; $4.3M to move track facility west of U.S. 41

TERRE HAUTE — The State Budget Committee has approved more than $20 million in projects at Indiana State University that will renovate one building on campus and relocate the university’s track and field complex.

During the committee’s monthly business meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis, the group approved:

n $16 million to proceed with the renovation of Normal Hall for use as the Center for Student Success. Normal Hall also will house the new University College.

n $4.3 million to relocate the current track facility, Marks Field, to an area west of U.S. 41.

“We’re very excited about these projects,” said Diann McKee, ISU vice president for business affairs. “Both are an integral part of the campus master plan.”

Normal Hall was dedicated in 1910 as the campus library, a role it served until the early 1970s.

The renovated building will house student academic advising and counseling; tutoring and mentoring services; and specialized academic support programs as part of the Center for Student Success. It also will house University College, a newly created unit to centralize academic advising services for freshmen, McKee said.  

The renovation will aim to keep as much of the historic structure of Normal Hall as possible.

The project is schelduled to go to bid in March, with renovation scheduled to start in April and to be completed by mid-2015. Financing for the renovation is coming from a cash appropriation contained in the biennial state budget approved by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year.

By relocating the track and field facility to its new area, ISU will gain more campus space to handle upgrades to facilities on the west side of campus and to expand parking in that area.

The new track also will meet Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA requirements for competitions.

The project will be financed through interest income, private donations and revenue from commissions.      

The project will go to bid in the spring, and the goal is to have the new track completed by fall 2014, McKee said.

At that point, the existing track — Marks Field — could be used for parking. “With the growth in enrollment at ISU, parking on the west side of campus is very tight,” McKee said. “We do need to create some additional capacity.”

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com

 

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