DeLand, FL – Stetson University is getting ready for some brand new renovations after the University Board of Trustees approved more than $11.7 million in capital improvements and expenditures for Stetson’s campus in DeLand and Stetson’s College of Law in Gulfport.
The board approved the capital improvements at its spring meeting this month, according to a news release from the university. The funding for the DeLand campus will go toward finishing work on the renovation of the Carlton Union Building (CUB), home to the university’s student government and organization offices, Campus Life and Student Success offices, food services, and Commons dining area. Plans for the renovations at the DeLand campus are as follows:
- By mid-May, the CUB will open the new student government and student organization area on the second floor that includes a new student lounge, student radio station, student government offices, and a unique meeting area called the “Garage.”
- In June of this academic year, the CUB will reopen the Stetson Room, its multipurpose meeting and dining area. The Stetson Room will initially be used to support summer programs and camps at the university which launch shortly after the May 12, 2018 commencement ceremony at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in DeLand.
- In August, the university will reopen the commons dining area with an expanded facility and exterior patio dining.
- There also will be some additional work to finalize the second floor of the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center and support summer renewal and replacement projects.
At the Gulfport College of Law, the funding will be used for the renovation of the Gulfport campus’s classic tile fountains and courtyard, as well as renewal and replacement projects to upgrade plumbing, roofs, and air handling.
The university’s energy conservation partner, Cenergistic, also honored Stetson for its energy conservation efforts at the board meeting. Stetson was awarded Cenergistic’s Energy Excellence Award for achieving a more than 17% reduction in CO2 emissions over three years. The energy reductions are the equivalent of more than $1.6 million in energy cost savings over that same time.
“We’ve reduced our CO2 by 7,299 metric tons,” Al Allen, associate vice president of facilities management said. “That would be the equivalent of energy to operate 1,100 homes for a year or 1,500 cars, but also the equivalent of running the entire Rinker Welcome Center for 10 years.”
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