WSU receives million of dollars toward overdue renovations and repairs

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright State University has received millions of dollars in capital funding to make improvements on campus.

WSU said Friday in a release the university received $13.5 million from the State of Ohio’s two-year capital budget. The money was approved in the spring of 2018.

The university says it will use the money to address nine differed-maintenance projects.

“Given the university has a sizeable deferred maintenance inventory, the team targeted the majority of projects toward addressing some of the more sensitive or necessary deferred maintenance items,” said Greg Sample, chief real estate and facilities officer.

Wright State is not using any local funds to pay for the projects, Sample said. “One hundred percent of the funding for these projects is coming from the State of Ohio,” he said.

Dunbar Library received state funding for two projects: $600,000 to replace carpet and $500,000 for a modernization project to renovate and increase study spaces and replace furniture.

“We hope these improvements will help make students more comfortable so that even more students will use the library more often,” said Sue Polanka, interim university librarian.

Through the modernization project, the library will offer more variety in study spaces to meet students’ needs, Polanka said.

Wright State also received $650,000 in state funding to renovate and repair portions of the popular tunnel system. The money will be used to install new flooring, clean portions of the tunnel and repair water-damaged areas.

“It is a hallmark of our accessible campus and making sure it remains in good operable condition is a priority,” Sample said.

Other projects include:

  • $1.3 million to support an upgrade to the wireless infrastructure of the Dayton Campus
  • $3.75 million to repair and replace roofs on several buildings
  • $700,000 to repair windows, glass blocks and louvers in various buildings
  • $700,000 for roadwork

You can read more about the projects and the money being spent on the Wright State University website.

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