NORMAL — The Illinois State University Board of trustees on Friday approved $7 million in repairs and equipment upgrades at two residence halls.
The board also approved $1.5 million in renovations to Fell Hall and Williams Hall for an expanded international students program.
The residence hall work includes a $3.5 million project at Wilkins Hall to address problems with leaks that allow rain water to get into students' rooms. Wilkins opened in 1964 and went through a major renovation in 2005. The work will be done this summer.
Watterson Towers will have heating and cooling systems in student rooms refurbished and upgraded as part of a $1.6 million project that will be done during summer break. Replacement of controls and air registered in all rooms will be part of the project. Zone pumps will be installed for more efficient control of heating and cooling in the facility that opened in 1968.
Watterson's fire alarm system will be upgraded in a $1.9 million project that will be done in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Smoke detectors, audible alarms and the system's main panels will be replaced.
All of the residence hall work will be paid for through bond revenue reserves.
The work at Fell and Williams will involve portions of the Office of International Studies and Programs on the second floor of Fell Hall and several rooms on the first floor of Williams. It also will include improvements to public spaces on the first and second floor of Fell Hall and construction of an all-purpose room and restroom facilities.
In January, ISU entered into a partnership with INTO University Partnerships to increase international student recruitment and operate an international study center on campus.
INTO will provide $500,000 of the cost and the university reserves and other available funds will be used for the other $1 million.
The university anticipates that increased enrollment of international students will replenish the reserves used for the project.