State Approves ISU Renovation Projects

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(photo courtesy Indiana State University) (photo courtesy Indiana State University)

Two high-priority capital projects at Indiana State University are moving forward. The State Budget Committee has unanimously approved the projects, which include the $15 million renovation of the Fine Arts and Commerce Building on the Terre Haute campus.

The renovation to the 1940s-era fine arts building was included in the 2017 budget bill signed by Governor Eric Holcomb. The project will include the replacement of critical mechanical and electrical systems that will improve temperature control, air quality and access to technology. The interior spaces of the building will also be reconfigured to improve building egress and accessibility.

Per state law, any project requiring state funding must first receive approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Committee before proceeding. The higher ed commission approved the project in December.

The committee also approved ISU's request to proceed with renovations to Sycamore Towers Dining, which is being done with non-state funding. The project is the final piece of the renovation of the four-tower complex that includes Mills, Blumberg, Cromwell and Rhoads halls. The university says about 35,000 square feet of dining space will be renovated and an additional 5,000 square feet will be added to the building to accommodate an increasing number of students.

"This is another great day for Indiana State University, and we are deeply grateful to our state leaders for believing in ISU," said Deborah Curtis, president of Indiana State. "These projects have been top priorities as part of the university's master plan which helps us project the facilities needed to carry out our critical mission of serving the citizens of the state of Indiana."

Curtis, who was formally inaugurated as ISU's 12th president and first female president earlier this month, appeared on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick to talk about her plans for the university. You can view the full interview by clicking the link below:

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