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KU uses stimulus funds to put ‘dent’ in deferred maintenance backlog

February 9, 2010

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Projects completed

A list of deferred maintenance projects Kansas University has been able to do using more than $7 million in federal stimulus dollars.

  • $273,000, Anschutz Science Library Fire Code Improvements — replace failing electronic fire alarm.
  • $200,000, Carruth O’Leary Hall reroofing.
  • $105,000, Military Science building roofing.
  • $1.15 million, Dyche Hall mechanical and electrical system improvements.
  • $200,000, Jayhawk Boulevard storm sewer replacement.
  • $3.1 million, Murphy Hall mechanical improvements.
  • $874,000, Spencer Museum of Art chiller replacement.
  • $1.1 million, utility tunnel waterproofing.

Armed with an extra $7 million in federal stimulus dollars over the last two years, Kansas University has been able to address more of its ongoing deferred maintenance backlog than usual.

Jim Modig, KU’s director of design and construction management, said his staff has been able to address a number of additional critical needs with the money.

Most of the funds have been spent on needs like upgrading the electrical and mechanical systems in some of KU’s older buildings.

When it comes to some systems that will be upgraded, like in Murphy Hall, the systems are so old, replacement parts are no longer available, forcing KU employees to fabricate a suitable part on their own, Modig said.

“In terms of the university’s maintenance department, I think they’ve done a pretty good job of keeping that system working,” he said.

The stimulus dollars come with a number of qualifications, including a focus on improving energy efficiency, a requirement to buy American and to comply with national labor wage rate regulations.

KU still faces more than $200 million in total deferred maintenance costs for its aging buildings, with millions more being added each year, Modig said.

Modig said he’s thankful for the stimulus dollars, which have been leveraged with other state dollars to create a much larger impact than in previous years.

“It has made a huge dent,” Modig said. “But, that’s just it. It’s just a dent.”

Comments

bennyoates 4 years, 2 months ago

Or, we could let our educational system crumble; and future generations will the become greatest minds of the 14th century.

That is exactly what these saps want. For them, education=communism. They portray themselves as inheritors of the legacy of the American founders, who had elite educations and were shaped by the European Enlightenment. If Jefferson read some of the crap posted on these boards by the KU haters, he'd eat his own vomit.

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bennyoates 4 years, 2 months ago

Keep on crying, you fools. You love taxation when it's used to blow up things and people. When it's used to build up things and people and improve institutions like KU, you whine like you're the only taxpayers in the country. It's not all about you and your stupidity, it's not all about you and your taxes, it's not all about you and your grandchildren. We can only hope they won't be as stupid and selfish as you are.

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Shardwurm 4 years, 2 months ago

The Education Industry in America is as corrupt as the railroads of the 1800s. They charge $750 for a class (Not including books or materials), put 30 to 500 students in it, then pay a grad student $5,000 to teach it while the professor 'researches'.

It's a welfare program for the educated. They're functionally useless outside the classroom yet demand six-figure salaries. The universities could cut so many meaningless jobs that they could save millions every year...but they don't. As the cost of maintaining this excess labor pool grows, so does the tuition to pay for it.

As the tuition goes up the middle class buckles because the poor don't pay and the rich don't care.

Even His Highness Obama said in his SOU address that universities needed to start doing their share to hold down costs. No kidding.

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KSManimal 4 years, 2 months ago

sunny (Anonymous) says…

"Well I am glad my grandchildren will be able to pay for the maintenance at ku."

Yes, they will. And because of it, they'll have architects to design their homes and businesses; engineers to design their infrastructure; doctors to keep them healthy and help when they're not; teachers to open opportunities for them; computer hardware/software engineers; business executives/entrepreneurs to keep their economy strong;.......and the list goes on.

Or, we could let our educational system crumble; and future generations will the become greatest minds of the 14th century.

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pmsharp 4 years, 2 months ago

Bottomless pit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Centerville 4 years, 2 months ago

Would it be too much to ask the legislature that, in the future, when an agengy submits a budget which includes maintenance, maybe they'll be asked to prove that they used it to keep their facility up to speed, rather than spring these bogus surprises on us every five years?

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deathpenaltyliberal 4 years, 2 months ago

KU operates frugally and spends far less money on facility construction and maintenance than comparable institutions, even ones in the private sector.

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justsaying 4 years, 2 months ago

Federal dollars at work in our community, creating work for our folks, using products from the good ole USA and helping maintain buildings that teach the next generation the lessons they will need to deal with our country's problems and to become innovative....... are you sure you think this is a waste?

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steveguy 4 years, 2 months ago

KU needs to start doing there part in the upkeep of their buildings instead of having someone else pay for it. Heaven knows they have the money.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 2 months ago

federal stimulus dollars = our money removed against our will

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BlackVelvet 4 years, 2 months ago

they ALWAYS seem to find money to put up another building, but never have any funds to keep it maintained. Odd.............................

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sunny 4 years, 2 months ago

Same to you Moocher! Before long we'll be paying for everyones health insurance too, like there are not enough handouts as it is!

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Healthcare_Moocher 4 years, 2 months ago

I am also so fortunate to get to take from my grandchildren and give to yours. God Bless America!

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sunny 4 years, 2 months ago

Well I am glad my grandchildren will be able to pay for the maintenance at ku.

Good ole tax dollar money tree at work! This is theft!

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macon47 4 years, 2 months ago

god bless the pork barrel when it comes home to you

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