Legislative Briefing and Tour on NU Deferred Maintenance Bill (LB 605)
DATE: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
TIME: 12:00 noon (begins with lunch)
LOCATION: Avery Hall (Room 348); Avery is located across from the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium.
CONTACT: Meg Lauerman, 402 472 0296; cell: 402 540-9242
State senators and legislative staff members will receive a first-hand look at UNL city campus and east campus buildings that would be renovated or replaced under LB 605, the university’s proposed deferred maintenance bill. Introduced in 2005 and carried over into the 2006 session, LB 605 would enable the University to address $175 million of deferred maintenance construction projects encompassing 15 projects on NU’s four campuses. State and university funds are proposed to finance the projects.
Members of the Board of Regents will attend the briefing, as will facilities management staff from UNL and university administration. President James B. Milliken will join the tour after lunch.
UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman will open the session, followed by an overview of the legislation’s impact on NU facilities. Senators and Regents will then visit buildings that the university plans to renovate. They will also see “Cinderella stories” resulting from similar legislation, LB 1100, that was passed in 1998 and resulted in the renovation of 13 projects university-wide.
Avery Hall, the kickoff location, is one such success story. Opened in 1919, Avery Hall underwent a complete renovation in 2002-04. It is now home to the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, and offices of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.
Other facilities on the tour: § Ferguson, Brace and Behlen Hall (physics and astronomy departments) § Hamilton Hall (chemistry)
On East Campus: § Keim Hall, Agronomy and Horticulture § Dental College
NOTE: This is the first in a series of four campus tours for members of the legislature and Board of Regents; the remaining tours are Oct. 27 (Kearney) and Oct. 31 (UNO and UNMC)