U of I to add $3M to history building renovation budget

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 2, 2015 at 12:51 p.m.



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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials want to add $3 million more to the Natural History Building's renovation budget because of problems found during interior demolition.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1JBP41T ) the project's budget has already grown to $73.4 million. The university's trustees will consider the $3 million addition next week.

Officials say the oldest section of the building needs structural reinforcements and the 100-year-old concrete floors had more problems than first thought, among other issues.

Michael Bass is the university's senior associate vice president and deputy comptroller. He says there are always surprises when it comes to new buildings.

The building was constructed in the 1890s and is the oldest academic building on campus.

Structural problems were discovered in 2010 after termite damage was found.

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