Response to Chronicle of Higher Education Article
An article was published Tuesday in the Chronicle of Higher Education wherein a number of KU employees and former employees raised
Since July 1, 2015, we have invested more than $13 million into maintenance projects at Kutztown University (if we included auxiliary renovations, the investment is an additional $36 million). KU has been acknowledged by the State System as a leading university for the amount of money we devote to maintenance and the high quality of our physical plant. If anyone walks around our campus they will see the beauty of our grounds and the continual upkeep we perform on our roofs, facades, sidewalks, landscaping, underground steam lines, and HVAC systems in our buildings. Our buildings range in age from 10 to 125 years old and it takes a continual effort and investment to stay in front of the maintenance needs of our campus infrastructure. For example, this summer we invested $2.5 million in repairs of our buildings and grounds to include: repairs to the campus steam distribution system, classroom renovation in Old Main to address water issues, preventative maintenance sweeps of all residence halls making needed repairs, the creation of a lab in Rickenbach Learning Center for the new social media program, a total renovation of the nearly 60-year-old Rothermel Hall, refurbishment of elevators in the Graduate Center and Johnson Hall, further repairs to Lytle Hall, and many other projects.
Lytle Hall has had ongoing maintenance issues that have been addressed. We are on the list of authorized projects to build a new Lytle Hall with a commitment of $17.5 million from the state and $6 million from Kutztown University. However, we invested $2 million dollars in a new HVAC system last summer and, as I noted above, additional resources this summer. Please know that alternative office space is available to anyone who does not want to work in Lytle Hall. Old Main is 125 years old and a full renovation occurred in 1996. Since 2015, we have spent nearly $2 million on maintenance for this historic building. DeFrancesco Hall has been funded for a total renovation costing $15 million from the state, and $2.5 million dollars from Kutztown University. Our physical plant staff
Finally, I write to commend and appreciate the physical plant workers, and so many others on our campus, who are tireless in their effort to make our campus a safe and healthy place to learn,
Should anyone on campus have a concern regarding any of the issues addressed in this letter, please contact your college dean, supervisor, or appropriate university official. My very best wishes to you all.