In March 2016, North Carolina voters will decide on a proposed bi-partisan $2-billion bond package that would enable statewide investments in higher education, safety, parks, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure improvements. ECSU stands to receive $13 million if the Bond is passed, specifically: $4.5 million to make renovations to the G.R. Little Library, and $8.5 million to renovate Moore Hall.
The Connect NC bonds would allow the state to pay for 50-year assets with 20-year financing and require no tax increases. If approved by voters, more than half of the bond revenues will fund improvement and expansion projects across the 17-campus University of North Carolina.
The UNC Board of Governors has endorsed the bond package for the University.
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Bond Q &A with Chancellor Thomas Conway
ECSU’s Targeted Capital Renewal Projects will be covered as part of the NC Connect Bond. Five capital projects at three institutions were identified by the Board of Governors, and the gross allocation amounts for each institution reflect the student enrollment levels proportionally. The projects focus on renovations of existing structures to better meet current and future student learning needs.
ECSU has two projects in the Targeted Capital Renewal Project. One is to make renovations to the G.R. Little Library, which will cost $4.5 million to complete in just over a year. The other is to make renovations to Moore Hall, which houses classrooms and academic offices, which will cost of $8.5 million and to take two years of construction.
Why are these particular projects important to ECSU?
“Both buildings play an essential role in academic life on campus for the students and faculty. In addition, G.R. Little Library is the university’s only library and Moore Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The G.R. Little Library is ECSU’s main library facility for students and faculty. It also houses the university’s archives, which contain material dating back to the university’s founding in 1891. The library, built in 1964, is named for one of the university’s benefactors, local businessman G.R. Little.
Moore Hall, built in 1922, is registered as a historic structure, and named for ECSU’s founder, P.W. Moore. The building houses three departments: the Department of General Studies, Extension Learning, and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The renovation of these buildings not only maintains the historical integrity of the campus, but also allows the university to enhance and improve classroom and research facilities in these designated spaces.”
How does the selected project help meet ECSU’s stated educational goal?
“Moore Hall houses three departments, as well as hosts the Viking Seminar, the newly branded freshman seminar. The library is used for student and faculty research. Both facilities are integral in maintaining academic excellence at ECSU.”
What impact will the completion of the project have beyond the campus?
“The G.R. Little Library is not only open to the students and faculty of ECSU, but also to community members looking for research material. Programs are held at the library throughout the year, inviting the public in for displays, reading programs and use of the archives. The university archives, located inside the library facility, has served as a resource for the community for years. The local media has consistently utilized the archives for historic material regarding ECSU and the community in general.
As a registered historic building, Moore Hall contributes to the list of the region’s historic places. It also contains an auditorium that is used to host programs for the community.”
What other benefits of the bond passage would you like to discuss?
“The bond passage also benefits the College of the Albemarle, located here in Elizabeth City. The university and college work together to provide higher education to students across the state and beyond. Currently, ECSU and COA serve a combined total of over 4500 students.
The bond issue would also contribute $900,000 to the Dismal Swamp Canal State Park. The park is located down the road from ECSU and has hosted events related to the university, such as the Chancellor’s Color Run. In addition, the park is a source of recreation and education for the region, as well as visitors to the area.”