RALEIGH – Shiny new buildings are cool, but Gov. Roy Cooper apparently realizes we need to take care of what we have.
The governor’s budget recommendation for 2017-19 includes $351 million in bonds to pay for renovations to state buildings,1 half of them in the University of North Carolina System.
The needs are substantial – the University system has 84 million square feet of buildings,2 and the backlog of repair and renovation needs is more than $2.5 billion.
Western Carolina University alone has a steam plant built in the 1920s that heats 35 buildings3 on campus – the estimated cost to replace the boiler is $38 million.4
In their request to the 2017 General Assembly, the UNC Board of Governors cited estimates by the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) that buildings deteriorate at the rate of 2.5% a year – APPA recommends 1% of replacement value as a minimum annual reserve for repairs and renovations.
So the Board of Governors asked the General Assembly for 1% of replacement cost, or $128 million, for building maintenance in 2017-18. Yet the average appropriation by the legislature for University repairs and renovations over the past 10 years has been just $29.8 million.5
Gov. Cooper recommends the following projects at each of our public universities as a step toward addressing the backlog of deferred maintenance.
GOV. COOPER’S CAPITAL BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS6
As part of a $351 million bond package for renovations of state buildings, Gov. Cooper proposes $175 million in projects at state universities:
|Appalachian State University||Sanford Hall Renovation||$12 million|
|East Carolina University||Whichard Building Renovation||$6.5 million|
|Elizabeth City State University||Lester Hall Renovation||$3.1 million|
|Fayetteville State University||Storm Water, Sewer Management Upgrades||$7.9 million|
|NC A&T State University||Carver Hall Renovation||$15.8 million|
|NC Central University||Lee Biology Building Renovation||$7.2 million|
|NC School of Science and Math||Living Space Renovation||$3 million|
|NC State University||Page Hall Renovation||$15 million|
|UNC-Asheville||Phillips Hall Renovation||$6.8 million|
|UNC-Chapel Hill||Gardner Hall Renovation, Phillips Annex Demolition||$16.8 million|
|UNC-Charlotte||Colvard Building Renovation||$15.5 million|
|UNC-Greensboro||Moore Building Renovation||$12 million|
|UNC-Pembroke||West Hall Renovation||$10.1 million|
|UNC-Wilmington||Alderman Hall Renovation||$12.8 million|
|UNC School of the Arts||High Point Studio Renovation||$9.3 million|
|Western Carolina University||Phase One of Boiler Replacement||$15 million|
|Winston-Salem State University||Hauser Hall Renovation||$6 million|
|NC Central University||Land for new School of Business 7||$2 million|
1 https://ncosbm.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/BudgetBook_2017_web.pdf, p. 6.
2 http://www.northcarolina.edu/apps/bog/doc.php?id=55461&code=bog, p. 11.
3 http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/WCU_2014CampusMasterPlan_ScreenRes.pdf, p. 112.
4 https://ncosbm.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/BudgetBook_2017_web.pdf, p. 153.
5 http://www.northcarolina.edu/apps/bog/doc.php?id=55461&code=bog, p. 11.
6 https://ncosbm.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/BudgetBook_2017_web.pdf, pp. 151-153.
7 https://ncosbm.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/BudgetBook_2017_web.pdf, p. 149. The land purchase for the NCCU School of Business is a supplement to the 2016 Connect NC bond issue and is not included among the bond projects in the governor’s recommended capital budget.