State Plans Release of Funds for Morrow-Garrison Complex
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 13, 2009) – After a state review of capital projects, UCM has learned that it will receive state funding for completion of a renovation project involving its Morrow-Garrison buildings.
An update on the status of funding was provided to the university in a letter from Kelvin L. Simmons, commissioner, Office of Administration. It noted that UCM will continue to receive funding up to $13.2 million for the project. The same office notified the university Jan. 27 that funding for this project and several others across the state may not be forthcoming due to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority’s inability to make its scheduled payments into the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative Fund (LCDIF).
Teamwork Results in Success
“This is wonderful news,” UCM President Aaron Podolefsky said. “We have committed a lot of time and and resources toward this much-needed project, and we’re pleased that we’re now going to receive the funding we were promised before we began.
“I’m particularly grateful for the strong support from our local state legislators, Senator David Pearce and Representative Denny Hoskins, and for the work of Vice President Betty Roberts and others who worked hard to present a strong case for funding,” Podolefsky added.
Completion Vital to Academic Mission
Total cost of the renovation project is approximately $15 million, with the bulk of funding coming from LCDIF. The university has committed $2 milllion from the Regina M. McClain Trust, a private gift, to be used toward the project.
“We deeply appreciate President Podolefsky’s leadership in communicating the strategic importance of the Morrow-Garrison project,” said UCM Provost George Wilson. “The completion of this initiative is vital to our academic mission.”
Project Shares Space with Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Renovation will cover about 130,000 square feet, providing facilities that are important to the education of students in the Department of Health and Human Performance. The university will install state-of-the-art mechanical systems that are energy efficient, redesign academic and office space, upgrade lab functions and gymnasiums, and improve handicap accessibility. UCM, to date, has expended more than $1.1 million in MOHELA funds toward demolition of the buildings’ interiors, which is necessary to move forward with construction. Interior construction will begin this spring.
The Morrow-Garrison complex shares space with and is inextricably linked to a new student-funded recreation and wellness center, and $20.5 million in bonds have already been issued for that facility. Construction on that facility is also expected to begin in the next few months.