Governor Jay Nixon has signed a bill that will authorize up to $200 million in bonds for capital improvement projects at colleges and universities across the state.
Nixon signed the bill in Springfield June 5, following approval by the Missouri Legislature last month. ECC will receive approximately $1.8 million.
“We are looking forward to getting started on repairs and renovations in several buildings,” said Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president. “With this funding we will be able to complete some projects that we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish for a number of years.”
Renovations to Hansen Hall will be the top priority at ECC. Constructed in three stages beginning in 1978, improvements to Hansen Hall would include replacement of a wheelchair lift for improved accessibility for individuals with disabilities; renovation of classrooms and offices; rigging replacement and other safety-related measures in the theater; tuckpointing; renovation of the information technology department, roof repairs; restroom upgrades, and replacement of some flooring.
The second oldest building, Shook Student Center, would also be in line for renovations. Upgrades to that facility, which was completed in 1973, will include ceiling and lighting replacement, upgrades to student study areas and classroom renovations.
A portion of the bond funds would also be used to repair the roof on the Regional Training Center which is 15 years old. Bauer noted that most of the work will be done in 2016.
Bauer noted that most projects would be done in 2016.
Governor Nixon visited the Union campus last December to view some of the areas that would be upgraded.