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Campus making renovations with stimulus money

Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010 16:11

Business Building

Abdullah Raslan

Kylie Hornback from Jonesboro stops to read the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act posted on the side of the Business Building Wednesday. ASU is currently receiving funding from the program to renovate areas of campus.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009 and was designed as an economic stimulus program that would direct investments to the states for a number of years.  ASU is currently receiving some of the funds of this act in order to improve the ASUJ campus.

According to recovery.arkansas.gov, the act's four main goals are, "To preserve and create jobs to maintain economic activity, to provide investments in technological advances in science and health, to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other long-term infrastructure improvements and to stabilize state and local budgets."

The site also states that, "currently, the state of Arkansas is expected to receive $3.17 billion in one-time, additional federal revenues, as administered by state government, over the life of the Recovery Act."

Signs have been posted on some campus buildings hailing the implementation of the ARRA.

Al Stoverink, assistant vice chancellor for Facilities Management, explained how the act would influence the ASU campus, in addition to how the funds were obtained.

"Dr. Potts and Dr. Howard led an effort in collaboration with the college deans, Student Affairs division and the Finance and Administration division to brainstorm and compile facility needs and prioritize those in conformance with the ARRA guidelines focused on scientific research, learning spaces and energy conservation," Stoverink said.

The federal government funding, which totals $4 million, will be put toward a multitude of projects that will increase the overall experience, both of learning and living for students.

"[Students should expect] updated science labs, more reliable elevators, a more reliant energy efficient heating system in the College of Business building, with the replacing of old inefficient boilers with a series of new energy efficient boilers as well as improved energy efficient windows for those who live in Arkansas Hall," Stoverink said.

David T. Carty, construction coordinator, further explained these benefits and the positive influence that students will see from them.

"There will be operational and life safety upgrades in elevators in various buildings, new fire accessible windows at Arkansas Hall and laboratory upgrades in Lab Science East, Lab Science West and the Agricultural building," he said.  

"Elevator work will provide more dependable operation, improved finishes and fire service capability.  Lab upgrades will provide improved finishes, many pieces of new equipment and upgraded IT capability to permit state of the art construction," Carty said. "Arkansas Hall window replacements provide for larger operable windows which are code compliant with fire rescue in the event of a disaster.  Double insulated glass also provides for better temperature control in individual rooms."

It should be noted that despite construction currently being suspended due to lack of available funding, that none of this stimulus funding will be used for the completion of the Liberal Arts Building.

For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit http://recovery.arkansas.gov//index.html.

 

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