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Many of you have been waiting for an opportunity to support the ME department. Now this opportunity has arrived!
As you may know, the ME department is housed in a building with two wings, one built in 1948 (old ME building) the other built in 2001 (new ME building). More than 2/3 of the space occupied by the ME department is in the 64-year old ME building, which has not seen any major renovation since its construction. The building has moved to the top of the University's list of priorities for building renovation, since the host of building code issues prevents an efficient use of the old ME building for our research and teaching mission.
Renovating the ME building is the top priority for the University's HEAPR (Higher Education Asset Preservation and Restoration) request to the State Legislature. Since the renovation of old ME will be an expensive undertaking, receiving HEAPR funds largely along the line of the University's request is important for this project to get underway. Unfortunately, the Governor's office recommended a HEAPR bill that would likely not be sufficient to start renovation of the old ME building!
I am asking you to support the U and the ME department in our quest to secure funding for the renovation of old ME! It is important that legislators hear from individuals like you, who are among the department's supporters and stakeholders. To learn how to support the U and the ME department, please visit this website: http://supporttheu.umn.edu/
For your information about the rationale to renovate old ME, please see here.
Suggestions, questions, or comments? Please contact Uwe Kortshagen, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering at
612.625.4028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.