Campus to receive renovations

Students should expect to see changes on campus in the coming years.

SIU is set to undergo a $33 million makeover of capital improvement projects, funded in part by $29.4 million in “certificates of participation.”

Duane Stucky, vice president for financial and administrative affairs and board treasurer, said the difference between certificates of participation and bonds is a legal matter, though on the surface they are similar.

“Bonds can be used for a facility that produces revenue,” he said. “Academic departments don’t produce revenue, so those projects are paid for with certificates of participation.”

Stucky said the largest project involves renovations and upgrades to Pulliam Hall.

Kevin Bame, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the Pulliam Hall renovations are expected to cost $7.8 million.

Plans for the 60-year-old facility, include a new studio to house the art and design program.

Bame said the administration is looking to better use existing space. He said the old physical education wing in Pulliam Hall is not used because the campus already has a state-of-the-art recreation center.

“Those spaces were sitting idle,” he said. “The art and design program was in need of good studio space.”

Faculty in the school of social work will be relocated from the basement of Quigley Hall to a new floor in Pulliam, which will take over space previously occupied by the physical education wing, Bame said.

Stucky said the renovations will be for art and design, but will also include additional classrooms and offices.

“We felt the School of Art and Design deserved better studio space,” Bame said.

The renovations to Woody Hall are expected to cost $5.4 million. Plans for the facility include housing the Center of International Education in the building, as well as a new multicultural center.

Bame said because so many of the offices located in Woody Hall moved to the new Student Services Building, there is now space for the new multicultural center.

Rae Goldsmith, chief marketing and communications officer, said the new multicultural center would bring together several offices that were scattered around campus.

Quigley Hall will also be getting upgrades. The school of architecture will be housed entirely in Quigley Hall, which only accommodates a portion of the school.

Renovations to Quigley Hall will cost $1.2 million, Bame said.

In addition, Bame said several buildings on campus will receive new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at a cost of $8 million. He said the systems will provide energy savings, improve air quality and help make students more comfortable in their classrooms.

Stucky said the majority of the projects will be completed within the next three years, though additional upgrades to the campus are also being considered.

Christy Stewart can be reached at cstewart@dailyegyptian.com, on Twitter at @DE_christy, or 536-3311 ext. 268.

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