IU Looking to Defer $700M in Maintenance

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Indiana University has deferred more than $700 million in maintenance at its seven campuses -- including Indiana University Northwest in Gary.

When auxiliary buildings are added, the amount climbs to close to $1 billion in postponed maintenance, according to the vice president for capital planning for the university.

Deferred maintenance refers to the practice of postponing repairs or improvements on property.

The bulk of the work, about $480 million, is for the main campus in Bloomington, Tom Morrison said. About $20 million of the total is for deferred maintenance at IU Northwest.

IU Northwest has seven academic buildings which include Moraine Student Center (occupied in 1969); Raintree Hall (occupied in 1969); Hawthorn Hall (occupied in 1976); John W. Anderson Library Conference Center (occupied in 1979); Marram Hall (occupied in 1990); Savannah Center (occupied in 1999); and Dunes Medical/Professional Building (occupied in two phases, in 2004 and 2006).

Morrison said the university is increasingly worried about its regional campuses.

"Many of the campuses were built around the same time with buildings in the late 1960s and 1970s," he said. "Those buildings are coming due for renovation and rehabilitation."

An HVAC piping replacement project will be conducted this summer at Raintree Hall. In addition to the piping replacement work, the ceiling and lights located on the first floor of Raintree Hall will be replaced, university officials said. The cost of that work will be $368,000, which will come from the university's capital projects fund.

Morrison said the Gary campus does not have any code violations university officials are worried about, but there are still some issues regarding making the buildings more energy-efficient, and new roofs and new windows need to be added.

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