Planners on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus received early approval Tuesday to use campus funds -- including some tuition revenue -- to pay for a $14.4 million remodel of the Ekeley Sciences building, which has languished for years on the school's wish list for capital construction money from the state.
Campus officials say the five-decades-old building is poorly ventilated because of outdated fume hoods and in dire need of repairs. The middle wing of the building needs to be renovated, according to CU officials, so that chemicals can be properly stored and the building can come in compliance with handicap accessibility codes.
"The original intent of this project -- which is still the same -- is to address health and safety issues," said campus architect Paul Leef.
A subcommittee of regents approved plans for the remodel at a meeting Tuesday. Next, the project plans will go before the full Board of Regents for approval.