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Gov. Nixon announces $10M in investments for higher ed at Southeast

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Gov. Jay Nixon headed to class on the first day of the fall semester at Southeast Missouri State University.

During his visit, the governor announced $10 million in renovations at Southeast.

Gov. Nixon signed legislation on June 5 that contains funding for capital improvement projects at higher education campuses across Missouri, including the $10 million for Southeast.

The money was made possible by Building Affordability, a funding initiative for capital improvement projects at higher education campuses across Missouri.

That money will allow for maintenance and repairs for Grauel Building, Brandt Hall of Music and Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall of Nursing. 

According to the university, repairs to the Grauel Building, which opened in 1967, are estimated at $3.5 to $4 million and will begin in summer 2016.  

Those repairs include upgrading electrical service, increasing the capacity of the HVAC system, renovating clinic and classroom spaces, making modifications as needed to meet current ADA guidelines and replacing windows for better energy efficiency. 

The renovations at the Speech and Hearing Clinic housed within the Grauel Building will allow Southeast to expand services to more clients, including more children with autism. 

At Crisp Hall, which houses the Departments of Nursing and Social Work, classrooms will be renovated to accommodate modern technology while maintaining the building’s historical significance. Additionally, the old mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems within Crisp Hall will be replaced. The $2 million in renovations at Crisp Hall are expected to be completed by August 2016.

At Brandt Hall, which houses classrooms used by all academic departments including the Air Force ROTC and Missouri National Guard programs, renovations include replacing the roof and windows to improve energy efficiency, and modernizing classroom technology. The $3 million in renovations at Brandt Hall are expected to be completed by August 2017.

In addition, more than $1 million in various renovations and repairs at academic buildings across the main campus are expected to be completed by December 2017.

Building Affordability is a component of Build Missouri, a capital improvements initiative that will fund nearly 500 projects in every corner of the state through bond proceeds and other sources. Build Missouri includes bond proceeds for repairs and renovations at state facilities, veterans homes, state parks and higher education campuses. It also includes bond proceeds for the completion of a new state-of-the-art mental hospital in Fulton, as well as non-bonding sources for other projects, including conservation areas, highway patrol facilities, and other facilities, according to Nixon's office.

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