FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 15, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – Plans to renovate and expand Indiana State University’s College of Health and Human Services facilities received approval today from a key group of budget officials, according to State Rep. Clyde Kersey (D-Terre Haute).
Kersey said members of the State Budget Commission agreed to a $64 million plan that will drastically upgrade the Health and Human Services building, located on North Seventh Street. Approval came during the budget committee’s monthly business meeting today at the Indiana Statehouse.
“This project is a direct result of the increased interest that has been generated by the programming housed in this facility,” Kersey said. “With the addition of several new academic programs, there is a great need for additional lab and classroom space. Once the work is complete, about 87,000 square feet of space will be added to the building. As an added benefit, this project will enable ISU to house six of the seven departments in the College of Health and Human Services in one building. Presently, the College has facilities in three different buildings and an off-campus site.”
Kersey noted that the instructional spaces used by the College have not been upgraded since the facilities were built in 1961 and 1986. As a result, many areas are inadequate to handle current instructional technologies and safety standards and are in need of improvements to mechanical, electrical and lighting systems.
The project will be funded through bonding.
“There is a definite need to bring instruction for students in the fields of health and human services together under one roof, and this particular project will go a long way toward achieving that goal,” Kersey said. “We are seeing more young people interested in pursuing careers in wellness programming, and Indiana State has made a name for itself as a prime location to pursue a quality education in these fields. I applaud the university for responding to the concerns of students, and providing facilities that encourage that interest.”