Monday, February 27, 2017

FAMU seeking $6.9M to remodel Dyson building

Florida A&M University is seeking $6,951,500 to remodel the Dyson building, which was formerly the central facility for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“The remodel of the Dyson building will provide classrooms, teaching labs, faculty and support offices, and service areas to meet the Universities mission for teaching, research and community engagement,” Interim President Larry Robinson said in a request form. “The University graduation rate will improve with more teaching classrooms and labs. This project is aligned with Board of Governor's strategic priority to increase the number of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.”

The appropriation request is now in HB 2249, sponsored by Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee) in the Florida House of Representatives.

Back in 2016-2017, FAMU Division of Finance and Administration estimated that the total cost of the project will be $21,895,800.

FAMU has been seeking funds for the planned remodeling of Dyson for more than 10 years.

In April 2016, incoming Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) visited the Dyson building and asked about the possibility of repurposing it. 

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