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Board of Trustees Approves FY2015 General Revenue, Capital Requests


Contact:Eric Jome

Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees today approved the FY2015 appropriated funds operating budget request of $84.9 million and the capital appropriation request of $273.7 million.

The requests were based on the University’s strategic plan, Educating Illinois 2008-2014, and will allow the University to address critical statewide goals for higher education. The operations request of $84.9 million is $10.8 million (14.6 percent) more than last year’s appropriation of $74 million.


Illinois State University FY2015 General Revenue Request


FY2014 General Revenue Appropriation




New and Expanded Program Requests






Cost and Salary Increases


     Compensation Increases


   Deferred Maintenance






FY2015 General Revenue Request




The FY2015 capital appropriation request is $273.7 million, with five major capital projects totaling $270.6 million and two capital renewal projects totaling nearly $3.1 million. The projects included in the FY2015 request are the same as those included in last year’s request, as no new state funds were appropriated to support University capital projects in FY 2014.


Illinois State University FY2015 Capital Request



Milner Library Rehabilitation


Mennonite College of Nursing Building


College of Education Facilities Rehabilitation and Construction


     DeGarmo Hall Rehabilitation


     Thomas Metcalf School Replacement


University High School Replacement


Williams Hall Renovation










Capital Renewal


     Metcalf, Fairchild and Rachel Cooper Window/Door Replacement


     Replace Emergency Generators







The Milner Library Rehabilitation would include the addition of 140,000 square feet for needed book stacks, study areas, library processing and support spaces and high-density storage areas. It would also include an addition for computer areas for retrieval of information and conferencing areas. The remodeling would also address the development of student study areas, construction of staff work areas and the reconfiguration of all shelving on each floor to accommodate accessibility.

Mennonite College of Nursing is currently located in Edwards Hall, which opened in 1920. Since becoming part of Illinois State in 1999, the College has seen its student population double in size, causing Mennonite to be over capacity in Edwards Hall. There is no room for building addition or expansion. A new minimum 60,000 square-foot building would be constructed for Mennonite that would include classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices and conference areas.

The College of Education facilities rehabilitation will address the demolition and replacement of Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School and the remodeling of DeGarmo Hall. Metcalf facilities are too small, outdated and do not meet the programmatic standards for the laboratory school. The mechanical systems need to be replaced, and the lighting and fire alarm systems need to be upgraded. A new Thomas Metcalf School would provide a more appropriate setting for a school serving K-8 grades. DeGarmo Hall would undergo significant remodeling, including upgrades to the interior spaces, mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and the data and telecommunications network.

University High School is currently housed in a 1965 building, which is outdated and aging.  The geographic location on campus has poor vehicular access and less than adequate outdoor space.  The project calls for construction of a 200,000 square foot building, which would be 50 percent larger than the current facility.  The school would include modern classroom and office spaces as well as support spaces.

The Williams Hall renovation would rehabilitate the 72-year-old former library building. The former library stack structure in the center of the building would be dismantled to allow for better use of the space and natural light to filter through an interior light court. Remodeling would correct code deficiencies, remove asbestos, replace the windows and roof and upgrade or replace the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

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