Repairs needed: Louisiana colleges cope with millions in deferred maintenance

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The unmet facility repair needs at colleges across the state shouldn’t be ignored any longer.

“Deferred maintenance is a growing concern in higher education,” said University System of Louisiana President Dr. Jim Henderson.”

Statewide, colleges and universities have approximately $1.5 billion in unmet facilities needs, mostly related to roofing, HVAC/electrical/mechanical, and accessibility. For the University of Louisiana System, the amount of deferred maintenance is $364 million, including approximately $30 million at Northwestern State University and approximately $14 million at the Northwest Louisiana Technical College.

“Our facilities teams continue to do yeoman’s work in ensuring keeping our institutions operational, but the lack of resources to support their work is taking a toll,” said Henderson.

Look at the highlighted sections in the Executive Budget for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year (SEE BELOW), which was released Feb. 23 by Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne. In his presentation he lists deferred maintenance needs campus-by-campus.

See documents below for deferred maintenance and capital outlay projects at NSU.

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