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July 24, 2014

Budget focuses on renovations, upgrades

Included in the University’s $69.25 million capital budget for this year are $40.58 million in education and general (E&G) projects, $23.19 million for the School of Medicine and $5.49 million in auxiliary operations projects.

Projects are focused on renovations and upgrades with no new buildings or additions proposed in the FY15 capital budget, said Arthur G. Ramicone, chief financial officer.

The largest project in the E&G capital budget is a $7.36 million renovation of Lawrence Hall. (See May 1 University Times.)

Other E&G projects are:

• $6.82 million for preservation, upgrades and utility infrastructure.

Projects include Barco Law plaza roof replacement; boiler replacement and heating system upgrades at Craig Hall; Lawrence Hall roof replacement; Fitzgerald Field House restroom upgrades; control system upgrades at the Center for Biotechnology; Thackeray Hall mechanical infrastructure upgrades; replacement of steam heating coils at Chevron Science Center; replacement of the basement motor control center and control system modifications at the Cathedral of Learning; installation of a dirt/air separator for the upper campus chilled water plant; replacement of hot water pumps and porch renovation at the William Pitt Union; exterior cornice repairs at Allegheny Observatory, and general campus sidewalk replacement and energy initiatives.

• $6 million to construct the Marilyn Horne Center on the first floor of Pitt-Bradford’s Seneca Building. A $3 million state redevelopment assistance capital program grant has been received; Pitt’s matching portion includes $1.15 million based on the building’s appraised value and $1.85 million funded with reserves.

The project is subject to approval by the trustees property and facilities committee.

• $4 million for renovations of the 4th and 15th floors in the Cathedral of Learning to include reconfiguration of office space for humanities departments.

The project is subject to approval by the trustees property and facilities committee.

• $2.4 million in programmatic renovations (excluding health sciences).

• $1.95 million for phase II of Pitt-Johnstown’s Krebs Hall renovation.

• $1.81 million to extend the chilled water line for Heinz Chapel and Bellefield Hall.

• $1.69 million for environmental controls at Heinz Chapel.

• $1.55 million for campus-wide security camera upgrades.

• $1.5 million for classroom renovations.

• $1.41 million for regional preservation/programmatic renovations.

The line item includes Swarts Hall roof replacement, Fitness Center boiler and pump replacement and School Street exterior improvements at Pitt-Bradford as well as roof replacement design and HVAC and lighting upgrades for Powers Hall and the faculty office building at Pitt-Greensburg.

• $1.14 million for IT upgrades.

• $905,000 for general campus security upgrades.

• $847,932 for campus-wide card reader migration.

• $650,000 for the Schools of the Health Sciences (including programmatic renovation).

Projects include refacing elevators and stair towers for the dental school and upgrading School of Pharmacy 5th floor research space in Salk Hall; Victoria Hall conference room upgrades and renovations for the School of Nursing’s acute and tertiary care department; general upgrades to Falk Library; and equipment, furniture, a freezer and defibrillator for the Graduate School of Public Health.

• $544,000 for exterior stair rehabilitation at the Petersen Events Center.

Non-E&G construction projects in the budget, totaling $28.67 million, are:

• $2.26 million for housing renovations and preservation.

• $2.14 million for other Pittsburgh campus auxiliary enterprises.

• $1.09 million for regional campus auxiliary/non-auxiliary projects at Pitt-Johnstown and Pitt-Bradford.

• $23.19 million for senior vice chancellor, Health Sciences projects at BST, BST South and Scaife Hall and general repairs to the Oxford Building, Thomas Detre Hall and Bellefield Towers.

—Kimberly K. Barlow