US University to Undergo Multimillion-Dollar Expansion

31 January 2011 (Last Updated January 31st, 2011 18:30)

East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, US, is to embark on a $300m expansion as part of its master plan which will be implemented over two decades. The first decade will see the building of the new Keystone Centre, four new residence halls, conversion of the Kemp Library into an

East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, US, is to embark on a $300m expansion as part of its master plan which will be implemented over two decades.

The first decade will see the building of the new Keystone Centre, four new residence halls, conversion of the Kemp Library into an instructional and office space, and the renovation of Monroe Hall to house the university's speech pathology programme.

The second decade will involve additions to the Abeloff Building and Dansbury Commons dining hall, and a new field house on the outskirts of the campus.

Construction is expected to begin within the next two years.

The expansion is being funded by separate sources. $70m will come from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania capital project fund for the Keystone Centre and the remaining $30m will come from an increase in student activity fees.

The $70m residence halls being constructed across from the Kemp Library will be paid for by bonds, along with two other residence halls costing about $80m.

Renovations of the $30m Kemp Library and $7m Monroe Hall will be paid through tuition fees, according to the Pocono Record.