Rep. Ashford: University Of Toledo To Receive Over $500,000 For Facility Upgrades
Project will address outdated HVAC systems, improve ADA and complete library renovations
August 22, 2016
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State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of $565,516 in state funds to University of Toledo (UT) for major renovations and upgrades across main campus and some on health science campus, including elevator replacements, ADA improvements, HVAC and window replacements.   


“I am pleased to see the state’s continued investment in Toledo’s world-class higher education facility,” said Ashford. “These renovations will ensure all students are receiving their education in a comfortable, high-quality, ADA-friendly environment. I look forward to completion of these upgrades and the positive impact it will on the entire university community.”

Five academic buildings on the main campus will upgrade 40-50 year old elevators, which have received no major work since their original installment, with the release of $126,500 in state funds.

Eight buildings, six from the main campus and two from the health science campus, will receive a total of $35,950 in state funds to undergo ADA upgrades including automatic door operators, modification to handrails and door hardware and addressing accessibility concerns in restrooms, ultimately improving overall accessibility to and within campus facilities.

North Engineering and Snyder Memorial, classrooms built on main campus throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, will receive a total of $102,530 in state funds to upgrade and replace some the buildings’ original heating and ventilation units. Additionally, five other air handling units in the North Engineering building will be replaced with energy efficient units to further minimize maintenance costs and improve the comfort and safety of students, faculty and staff.

University Hall, the university’s first building structure, will receive $21,300 in state funds to replace the 85-year-old dilapidated, leaky windows to prevent mold residue, improve the building’s overall appearance and saving on energy costs.

The Carlson Library will now proceed with phase three of the Academic Technology and Renovation project with the release of $276,236 in state funds to renovate the first floor and add a new curtainwall on the east façade of the building.

The multiple-project funding was released through the state’s Controlling Board, a mechanism for handling necessary adjustments to the state budget. The Board provides legislative oversight over capital and operating expenditures by state agencies and has approval authority over various other state fiscal activities.  

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