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3 IPFW projects totaling $27 million clear budget committee

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Budget Committee on Wednesday approved three projects on the IPFW campus involving a total $27 million investment.

The largest project is renovating Helmke Library and Kettler Hall. The two buildings are nearly 50 years old and require significant infrastructure repairs.

The plan is to update the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems of both buildings, said Kevin Green of Purdue University.

Helmke Library will also be modified to incorporate more technology and student stations. Kettler Hall's space use won't change significantly, the meeting agenda said.

The project will cost $21.3 million. The General Assembly included a cash appropriation to cover the cost in the new state budget.

The committee also approved a $5 million qualified energy savings project. It involves upgrading and replacing building environmental control systems and lighting in 17 buildings on campus.

The renovations include updating and installing new controls for heating and air systems; lighting replacements and boiler upgrades.

Green said savings will be achieved by controlling heating and lighting when offices and classrooms aren't being used.

He said expected savings are $500,000 annually, and the payback period is less than 10 years.

Green said the campus' utilities budget will be reduced by that much and placed in a separate fund to pay debt service on the bond paying for the project.

Lastly, there will be a $1 million renovation to office space on the second floor of the Helmke Library to house the Honors Program.

Green said the campus feels strongly about the program and wants to enhance it.

The project includes updated office space, a reception advising center, a specialized classroom, computer lab and multiple seminar and conference rooms to accommodate staff and students in the honors program.

It will be paid for half through gift funds and half from IPFW General Fund reserves.

nkelly@jg.net

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