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News Release

The historic Administration Building on the Northwest campus is among the facilities scheduled to undergo upgrades after the state awarded the University about $6.9 million in appropriations to plan and carry out capital improvements.

The historic Administration Building on the Northwest campus is among the facilities scheduled to undergo upgrades after the state awarded the University about $6.9 million in appropriations to plan and carry out capital improvements. (Northwest Missouri State University photos)

    Oct. 1, 2015

    Regents authorize Northwest to proceed on deferred maintenance projects

    Colden Hall

    Windows in Colden Hall (above) and the Thomas Gaunt House (below) will be replaced as part of a series of life safety and energy efficiency upgrades Northwest will complete in coming years with the help of funding from House Bill 19.

    Thomas Gaunt House

    Northwest Missouri State University's Board of Regents on Thursday approved a schedule of state‐funded deferred maintenance projects for which the University will be reimbursed by the state’s Board of Public Building Bond Proceeds.

    Passed by the General Assembly in May and approved by Gov. Jay Nixon in June, House Bill 19 awarded Northwest about $6.9 million in appropriations to plan and carry out capital improvements.

    “We’re so thankful for Gov. Nixon and the General Assembly in terms of their support,” Jasinski said. “This will be a significant upgrade of derferred maintenance projects at Northwest. From an economic impact and job creation perspective, it’s a great package.”

    Northwest’s two focal points for the funds are life safety and energy efficiency upgrades. The University will invest the funds in electrical system repairs at the B.D. Owens Library, Everett Brown Education Hall, Martindale Hall, the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building and the Jon T. Rickman Electronic Campus Support Center as well as energy efficiency upgrades to its chillers and plant controls.

    Northwest also will replace all windows in the Administration Building (280), Brown Hall (150), Colden Hall (340) and the Thomas Gaunt House (40). The Administration Building, opened in 1910, and the Thomas Gaunt House, completed in 1870, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the University will follow requirements of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Missouri Department of Natural Resources during the upgrades to those buildings.

    The upgrades are scheduled to begin during fiscal year 2016 and end in fiscal year 2019.

    The reimbursement and the expenditures for the projects were not included in Northwest’s fiscal year 2016 operating budget, which the Board approved in late June. Therefore, Board approval was needed for the University to proceed.

    The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468