Trustees ask for details on Kilcawley do-over

By Denise Dick


Though they agree the renovation of Kilcawley Center is necessary, Youngstown State University trustees want more information about how it will be funded.

Last year, trustees designated $10 million for the renovation of the building that serves as the student center. The money came from a bond issue, borrowed for campus improvements.

At a meeting Tuesday of the board’s academic and student-affairs committee, Jack Fahey, interim vice president for student affairs, said the cost of the renovation has risen to $14.5 million.

“The student center no longer compares favorably with our competitors,” Fahey said.

It’s less of a social hub than student centers are intended to be, he said.

“Student centers should be the living room of the campus,” Fahey said.

The project includes moving the Chestnut Room from the first floor to the second floor, consolidating conference spaces on the second floor, with spaces for students on the first floor.

The additional money would come from fundraising, a new food-services contract in the center and money left over from the Wick Pollock House restoration project and the Williamson College of Business Administration building construction. Other aspects of the project, including new furniture, dining-room equipment and technology, could be phased in rather than installed all at once.

Scott Schulick, trustees chairman, said he’d like to see a more detailed proposal for paying for the additional costs as well as a development plan for its fundraising.

The proposal is expected to be presented to committee members at another meeting, likely next week.

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