Bond passage secures funds for campus improvements


Chelsea Ratterman

Editor In Chief 

 

The $22 million bond that Rose State sought passed on March 5 with a 64 percent approval rate. This means that RSC will be able to remodel the LRC, Aquatic Center and upgrade the IT systems equipment. Project start dates have yet to be set.

The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

The Aquatic Center will be receiving part of a $2 million allotment for upgrades. Photo by Marisa Caban

The most visible updates will be to the LRC, which has grown to house many services within the two-story building. According to Chris Meyer, dean of the LRC, with the new construction they will be able to offer more conducive spaces to the needs of Academic Testing, Tutoring, Disability Services, Distance Education and Instructional Support. Meyer also said he hopes to see the LRC lobby host more cultural events, guest speakers and community events.

“We are preparing to have a building that is a place where visitors find an inviting and welcoming environment to study, train, work, research, relax, and gather in clusters,” Meyer said.

In the opinion of many students and staff on campus, the most needed update will be to the equipment that provides the campus with Internet services. According to John Primo, vice president of Information Technology Services, the targeted areas will be the replacement of fiber optic infrastructure and the installation of a backup generator to keep campus resources running in the event of a power outage.

“The ability to provide robust, production-level quality wireless Internet access to faculty and students is going to improve their accessibility to online resources and course materials using their mobile devices,” Primo said.

Finally, the Aquatic Center will be receive updates to the infrastructure around it. Holes and wood rot have been found in the exterior walls, and these will be fixed alongside other upgrades.

Other projects in the bond election are for a Student Union lounge renovation, replacing ceiling tiles, flooring, lighting and exterior doors of various buildings, a sign on the S.E. 15th Street entrance and restroom renovations across campus to bring them up to ADA standards.

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