University Of Toledo Gets State Nod For Over $500,000 Toward Campus Modernization Projects
Ashford says state investments will help continued cultivation of best and brightest leaders
October 31, 2016
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State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today announced the release of over $500,000 in state funds to the University of Toledo (UT) for major renovations and upgrades across campus. The state investment will allow the northwest Ohio university to upgrade its fiber network, install new water cooling towers, complete waterproofing work and renovate a health science research laboratory. Funding for the multiple projects was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. 

“For generations, the University of Toledo has educated the best and brightest to be leaders in the most competitive industries,” said Ashford. “These renovations will ensure the university is able continue to fulfill its mission and to provide students with a state-of-the-art learning environment that will best prepare them for success in the working world.” 

The university will receive $49,100 to upgrade the fiber network on the north main campus. The existing fiber cabling between buildings is over 30 years old and causes hardware failures that limit network services. The fiber network’s operational limitations negatively impact the quality of classroom instruction services for students, limits network capacity and availability, and could compromise security and video surveillance for faculty, staff and students. 

Multiple university buildings across campus will receive $131,200 for weatherproofing. The upgrades will include roof replacements as well as the cleaning and/or replacement of doors, masonry, and window glazing, all to eliminate existing or potential leaks. 

The North and South Chilled Water Plants on campus will also receive $170,250 for upgrades. The water systems project will add cooling towers for the two existing chillers in the South Chilled Water Plant and a new chiller for the North Chilled Water Plant, both on the main campus. The South Chilled Water Plant is not fully operational and the North Chilled Water Plant has exceeded its current capacity. Adding cooling towers to the South Plant and a chiller upgrade at the North will provide greater reliability, resulting in more effective energy use and a more comfortable and productive learning environment for students and faculty. 

An additional $183,900 will go to the University of Toledo to help pay for renovations at 44-year-old scientific wet laboratories in the Health Science Building, originally constructed in 1972 on the Health Science Campus. Office, support, and service spaces associated with these labs will also be renovated.

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