University of Colorado Regents Raise Concerns About Boulder Campus Maintenance Backlog

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The University of Colorado's Board of Regents on Tuesday unanimously approved the Boulder campus's 10-year masterplan, which outlines the school's future construction projects and enrollment projections,

But the vote came after several members cautioned campus planners to be prudent and pay attention to the backlog of deferred maintenance projects -- citing facilities such as Ekeley Sciences and Ketchum Arts and Sciences that are outdated and have been in dire need of repairs for more than a decade.

"It feels like we have a dark cloud over our university when it comes to the lack of revenue ... What I don't want to see happen is a $10 million deferred maintenance project turn into a $65 million reconstruction project," said Sue Sharkey, R-Windsor.

The masterplan -- which has received input from faculty, staff, students and the public -- will now go forward to state higher education leaders for final approval. Public colleges in Colorado are required to develop 10-year masterplans as guiding documents.

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