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Multimillion dollar effort on University of Kansas halls

Associated Press - June 26, 2016 3:04 pm

Faculty and staff at the University of Kansas reported declining morale because of concerns about salary, lack of support, increased workload and the state government's increasing role in running the university, according to a "climate" survey taken on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses last fall.

The University of Kansas is midway through a multimillion project to renovate the university’s eight older scholarship halls.

The scholarship halls being renovated were built between the 1920s and the 1950s.

Housing director Diana Robertson told The Lawrence Journal-World (http://j.mp/28WOijs) the work includes overhauling heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical infrastructure. The work will also include remodeling the halls’ community kitchens as well as cosmetic updates like new paint and furniture.

The cost to renovate all eight halls to about $15.3 million.

Renovations to four of the halls were completed in 2014 and 2015, at a cost of about $1.8 million apiece. This summer, work is underway at the university’s two oldest scholarship halls: Miller, built in 1927, and Watkins, built in 1926.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com.