Missouri community, university to build shared complex

The city of Maryville and Northwest Missouri State University have formed a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to build a $20 million multipurpose complex. Plans call for a 137,250 square-foot facility with recreation and exhibition space, an indoor flooring system, 100-yard practice turf, 300-meter indoor competition track, spectator seating and tiered meeting rooms. The site will be located on the university campus but will be open to the community. The project will be funded with combined support from the university, community and private sources.

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Rhode Island school districts end construction moratorium

Many Rhode Island school districts are making plans to move forward with long-planned construction projects. Last year a four-year moratorium on state funding for school construction was lifted and this summer, the General Assembly approved $80 million for school renovations and repairs.

An independent audit of public schools in the state is underway. Results of the audit will be released next year, which may lead to more funding, but many districts are not waiting to address needed projects.

The North Providence district has approved a $75 million bond issue for the November ballot. Projects will include two new elementary schools and health and safety upgrades at all the remaining buildings.

“The school buildings are in very poor condition and must be addressed. If I could change anything it would be to address the learning environments in our schools – it is critical to the community,” said North Providence Superintendent Melinda Smith in a recent interview with WPRI News.

Barrington Public Schools has planned a $68.4 million middle school, to be built on the same site as the current school. The roof of the existing school failed last winter and the classrooms are too small for a middle school.

The School Committee of Westerly recently approved a $38.5 million elementary school redesign project. The project includes three schools that would receive extensive site improvements, additions, separate bus and parent drop-offs, combined gymnasiums and cafeterias, heating and air-conditioning and bathroom renovations.

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S.C. P3 builds tech college

South Carolina’s Oconee Alliance announced the construction of the Oconee campus of the Tri-County Technical College will begin in April. The alliance is a public-private partnership (P3-PPP) for economic development. An additional project, a career development center that will be built adjacent to the campus, will begin in 2018. Officials estimate the cost of the campus to be $5 million.

USDA awards $18.9M for research facilities

Historically black land-grant colleges and universities will be able to build or improve agriculture and food science research facilities with $18.9 million in grants. The awards were announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture this week. The awards were made through the 1890s Facilities Grants program.

“These awards help colleges and universities make improvements that support cutting-edge academic research and foster 21st-century innovation that will shape the future of American agriculture,” said Dr. Joe Leonard, Jr., USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.

Among the recipients was Tuskegee University. The Alabama university received $952,989. The school will use the funds to help construct a red meat slaughtering unit; a poultry research, teaching and outreach facility; and an integrative agricultural research, extension and teaching complex.

Florida A&M University was awarded $917,871. The funds will be used to help renovate two teleconference centers, one of which is located at the research and extension center at a farm in Quincy, Fla. The centers will be upgraded to support audio-visual aids to improve presentations.

About $1.2 million was awarded to Missouri’s Lincoln University. Funds will be used to construct a 3,000-square-foot addition to an existing research center and build a 2,400-square-foot greenhouse. An 8,000-square-foot satellite extension office is also planned.

Details on the awards can be found here.

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