Gov. Nixon tours Lafferre Hall, approves funding for building improvements
The governor toured Lafferre Hall on the MU campus prior to a Board of Public Buildings meeting in the hall. Gov. Nixon approved funding to make improvements to the building and said that improvements to facilities is a way to make the University of Missouri a world leader for engineering.
“The only way you can truly win that competition is to have the facilities necessary to attract the top students and to be able to give them the best education possible,” Nixon said.
The governor also said he is glad that his administration for making a move on this project.
“This has been a project that has been high on the university’s list for a long time,” Nixon said. “I’m very proud that the legislature and executive branch came together this morning to make official movement forward on this final project.”
Chancellor Loftin was among those who attended the meeting. The chancellor expressed his support for Nixon’s initiatives.
“This construction project, in terms of renovating and repairing the full core of this complex will go a long ways towards allowing us to continue to grow enrollment here and to serve our students at the very best rate possible,” Loftin said. “Governor, members of the legislature, thank you so much for your efforts on our behalf to make this project possible.”
The chancellor emphasized the importance of STEM education, particularly engineering, in the state of Missouri.
“The economic health of Missouri depends on the kind of graduates we put out in the STEM areas, science technology engineering and mathematics, engineering probably being the most prominent right now in terms of job availability and the impact those jobs have on the economy, ” Loftin said.
Nixon approved the authorization of bonds to be released to fund the project. He said the project would cost approximately 2.3 million dollars per year over the course of the project.