Oregon Tech Receives $12M for Essential Capital Projects
July 18, 2013, Klamath Falls, ORE. – State lawmakers have given approval for two exciting projects on Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses. The state has approved $10 million in bond funds to complete the financing for Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville campus building and $2 million in bonds for facilities planning, including a Cornett Hall feasibility study in Klamath Falls.
"We greatly appreciate the support from the State of Oregon for these critically important projects," said Oregon Tech President Chris Maples. “The purchase of the Wilsonville building will allow for future expansion and the Cornett Hall study will help us create a plan for providing state-of-the-art facilities for our students.”
Wilsonville Campus Acquisition and Renovation
Oregon Tech began leasing the current Wilsonville campus building in 2011. During the 2011 legislative session, Oregon Tech was granted $20,000,000 in lottery bond funding to be used for this acquisition and renovation project, which left approximately $10,000,000 remaining to be financed. The state investment allows Oregon Tech to purchase and renovate the Wilsonville campus building, and provides an opportunity to increase campus size to serve more Oregon students.
Cornett Hall Renovation and Deferred Maintenance Project
Originally built in 1964, Cornett Hall has several building systems currently in need of maintenance, including mechanical and electrical systems, interior and exterior finishes, roof system, domestic water distribution, and the sanitary and storm systems. Cornett Hall houses Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, and the Oregon Renewable Energy Center programs which require state-of-the-art facilities to continue researching new technologies and teach for the rapidly changing industry. The funds will be used to examine the feasibility of renovating Cornett Hall into a facility that better suits the long-term programmatic needs of Oregon Tech students and industry partners, and analyze the cost of replacing the facility with a new building. The project will also include additional building conditions analysis on Boivin, Semon, and Purvine Halls.
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