UMKC to update labs

UMKC has funding to renovate some of its biology and teaching labs, thanks to state legislation providing $160 million in bonds for university and college projects.

“We are extremely pleased that Governor Nixon has signed the capital improvement bills passed by the legislature that will fund critically important renovation projects on our four campuses,” said John Fougere, spokesman for the University of Missouri System. “These projects, which represent the strong partnership between the university and the State of Missouri, will help us address what is a $1.3 billion backlog in maintenance and repair across the UM System and will help us educate the additional STEM graduates that will be crucial to the highly-technical, 21st Century Missouri economy.”

The legislation includes $18.3 million for the laboratory renovations at UMKC’s Spencer Chemistry Building and Biological Sciences Building, according to UMKC. Those labs, serving undergraduate and graduate students, were constructed in 1968 and have not been renovated since the 1980s. The updates are expected to be completed in July of 2018.

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