UM System upgrades headquarters as campus repairs on hold

Monday, February 13, 2012 | 7:23 a.m. CST; updated 9:37 a.m. CST, Monday, February 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri System is renovating its administrative headquarters at the same time officials cite nearly $37 million in critical campus repairs.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that the four-campus system is tapping savings for the $1.5 million worth of University Hall renovations. The repairs include asbestos removal, new carpet, new ceilings and a teleconference center.

A university spokesman said the project's primary goal is to make improvements necessary under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The project also includes a security camera installation and other upgraded safety measures.

Some professors on the Columbia campus are questioning the project's timing in light of tight fiscal times. The university system wants to raise tuition by an average of nearly 7 percent in the coming academic year. 

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Ellis Smith February 13, 2012 | 2:47 p.m.

Some of the items listed would appear to be such that they could be delayed for a year or two. If the building looks a bit frayed on the inside THEN SO ALSO DOES THE UNIVERSITY WHICH IT REPRESENTS!

On the other hand, if there is a known asbestos problem then why hasn't it been addressed before this? That's the stuff lawsuits are made of. :(

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