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New library for Clearwater campus tops St. Petersburg College's wish list

A $20.8 million library on St. Petersburg College's Clearwater campus. A $13.8 million facility in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg. A $5.5 million marine science building in Seminole.

Those are some of the items on St. Petersburg College's five-year wish list, presented at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Each year, the college submits a long-term plan for construction, renovation and maintenance projects to the state Department of Education. And that information is used to prepare a funding request for the Florida Legislature.

The 2012-13 through 2016-17 capital improvement plan will come back to the board for final approval next month. And the college plans to submit its $109.5 million wish list by Aug. 1.

But in the current budget climate, SPC doesn't expect the Legislature to fund everything on its list, said Susan Reiter, vice president of facilities planning and institutional services.

For example, she said, the Legislature approved about $1.3 million in funding this year even though the college requested more than $30 million.

Several items in the five-year plan are high on the college's priority list, officials said. The library on the Clearwater campus is 50 years old and is one of the most important replacement projects because of its age and condition, said college president Dr. Bill Law.

"The library building is potentially the biggest facilities challenge we have at the college," Law told the trustees. "We are on borrowed time on that."

Reiter said the library needs a new roof and windows and a slew of upgrades.

Last fall, more than 32,000 students were enrolled at SPC. That's almost twice as many as a decade earlier, according to college records.

Lorri Helfand can be reached at lorri@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4155.

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Plan highlights

Clearwater campus:

$20.8 million for new library

$14.6 million for student support services building

St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus:

$15 million for student support services and classroom building

Health Education Center:

$11 million to remodel annex

Bay Pines campus

$5.5 million for marine science facility and site improvements

Tarpon Springs campus

$2.5 million for new science labs

New library for Clearwater campus tops St. Petersburg College's wish list 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:19pm]
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