JEFFERSON CITY — Officials at Lincoln University have approved plans to replace the roof of one building on the Jefferson City campus and endorsed a list of additional capital improvement projects.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that the public university's governing board signed off on a $214,000 contract that calls for using a new rubber roofing system for the Inman E. Page Library. Workers also are to install metal coping over the current limestone cap on the main building while cleaning the brick.
University officials also backed a more than $161 million list of possible future capital improvement projects for the next six years that is submitted to state officials. State funding for college construction has been tight, and university officials said they do not anticipate improved state funding in the near-term, making the project list more an exercise in setting priorities.
Nonetheless, Curtis Creagh, the university's vice president for administration, said the list of future projects includes "needs that we really can't overlook, and we're trying to find ways to address those needs with grant funding as well as with the (maintenance) budget."
Were the university to get funding for the construction projects, the plan calls for a new science building, a new academic classroom, an addition to its fine arts center and roof repairs and replacements throughout the campus.
Additional items on the capital improvement project list are upgrades to various facilities to meet fire and safety codes and updates for campus security, including the construction of a new building for the university's police department. A swimming pool that has been promised to students since at least the 1970s also would be built.
Lincoln University crossed off one capital improvement project from its past project lists after the school was approved for a $1.7 million energy loan from the state Department of Natural Resources to replace a centralized steam distribution system with separate boilers for individual or groups of buildings. University officials expect to award a contract for the steam work by April and want the project to be completed by November 2013.