Trustees endorse Sycamore Towers renovation

October 5, 2012

Indiana State University continues to upgrade and expand student housing. The board of trustees Friday took the first steps toward a complete renovation of Sycamore Towers, the landmark 12-story complex constructed in the 1960s near the southwest corner of campus.

Trustees authorized the university treasurer to seek state approval to spend up to $22 million for the first phase of the multi-year project. The project is expected to start next summer with renovation of Mills Hall, said Diann McKee, vice president for business affairs and finance and university treasurer. Funding will come from residence hall reserve funds and long-term bonds.

The board authorized the sale of up to $30 million in bonds to finance the ongoing renovation of Erickson Hall to return that building to its original purpose as a residence hall and to construct a new housing facility on the north end of campus. The Erickson Hall renovation is expected to be complete by August 2013, while construction of the new housing facility is scheduled to begin later this month and be available for occupancy by August 2014, McKee said.

Trustees also introduced a proposed mechanism for consideration of new or revised university policies.

Dubbed a "policy on policies," the proposal would set up a procedure allowing students, faculty, staff and university administrators to present items to the board of trustees for consideration. It would allow for the submission of policy modifications to the trustees through the university secretary at least eight days before a trustee meeting. Trustees would have the option of either adopting any policy change or delaying action to allow for at least a 60-day comment period.

"This policy would allow a thorough vetting from all campus community members so that the board has the benefit of this information before action is taken on a proposed modification," said Melony Sacopulos, the university's general counsel and secretary. "At the same time, it would not restrict the board from taking any actions it deems prudent."

A comment period will begin Monday and trustees will consider the policy on policies at their December meeting.

Photo: http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-DmLf9Xc/0/L/i-DmLf9Xc-L.jpg - Statesman Towers, a four-unit student residence hall complex at Indiana State University constructed in the 1960s, is in line for renovation following action Friday by the university's board of trustees.

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

 

 

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Indiana State University continues to upgrade and expand student housing. The board of trustees Friday took the first steps toward a complete renovation of Sycamore Towers, the landmark 12-story complex constructed in the 1960s near the southwest corner o

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