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CMU’s 2014-2015 Capital Construction Request, a list of projects for which the university seeks state funding, was approved by the Board of Trustees during its August meeting.


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Board of Trustees approves state funding requests for major projects

CMU’s 2014-2015 Capital Construction Request, a list of projects for which the university seeks state funding, was approved by the Board of Trustees during its August meeting. The university requested $32.3 million from the Colorado legislature to renovate and expand the library, remodel space at the Community Hospital Medical Practitioners Center and build an energy facility. CMU will contribute more than $8 million in matching funds.

The number one capital priority on the list is a $24.5 million renovation and expansion of Tomlinson Library, which has been delayed several years while the institution focused on expanding the number of classrooms.

The Tomlinson renovation will provide students with a specialized space and exceptional learning resources, and includes an addition to the south of 24,000 square feet. The existing building, which was constructed in 1984, will undergo a comprehensive renovation.

The addition will provide space for more collaboration between library services and new technology. It will also house new books and periodicals, student support services, computer labs and a food and beverage commons funded by the university.

President Tim Foster believes that CMU’s offer to help fund the project and its steady role as a leader in making cash contributions to state-supported construction will help convince the legislature to contribute to the university’s future.

“We’re the only ones in recent years who have consistently come to the table with money. Enrollment obviously stands on its own. Those are two big factors as they continue to prioritize (projects),” he told The Daily Sentinel.

The university’s second priority is a Nurse Practitioner Center for the health sciences department, addressing the demands of students and the health care industry. The project entails a major refurbishment and remodel of the former Community Hospital Medical Practitioners Center.

The new facility will house the health sciences department and include classrooms, observation rooms and several specialized labs. The remodel will also include updates to the interior finishes and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

CMU has also requested funding for a tri-generation facility, a long-term solution for energy conservation through combined heating, cooling and power. The project includes construction of a natural gas-driven turbine that will generate power and feed it back into CMU’s electrical distribution system.

Waste heat from the gas turbine will be used to heat campus in the winter and generate cold water in the summer. Construction of the facility will cut campus’ peak demand for power by half over the course of a year. •

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