Ashford Announces State Funds To University Of Toledo And Area Architecture Firm
UT to upgrade elevators on main campus, Toledo-based SSOE to continue work at BGSU
November 09, 2015
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State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced $1,835,500 in state funds for elevator and safety improvements at the University of Toledo (UT). The Elevator Safety Repairs and Replacements project will bring elevators in two main campus buildings up to code and minimize long-term maintenance costs and safety issues.

“After nearly 50 years, two main UT campus buildings are getting much needed updates,” said Ashford. “This important project will not only improve the safety of the elevators for students, faculty and staff, but it will also minimize maintenance costs and increase accessibility in the long-run.”

The UT building project will upgrade aging elevators in University Hall and the Bowman-Oddy Laboratories building. Existing elevators have not been upgraded since building construction some 40 to 50 years ago and lack many of the standard safety features now required by code.

In addition, Ashford announced $100,000 in state funding to SSOE Group of Toledo, Ohio, for the Bowling Green Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Facility project, a partnership between the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to construct a state-of-the-art forensic science lab on campus.

“SSOE has consistently been recognized as an industry leader,” said Ashford. “Their partnership with the state and BGSU speaks to the quality of their work and their commitment to excellence here in the Toledo area.”

The 30,000 square foot Bowling Green BCI Facility is home to over 40 BCI staff performing investigative and laboratory services. The state funding announced this week is a supplemental request required due to adjustments to the final scope of the project.

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