University Officials Seek Funding for Several Building Projects

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It's common to see dirt turning on college campuses when the students are away.

"We have classroom buildings going up. We have two residence halls being built. We have a parking garage being built. We have a neuroscience building being built and several other buildings about to come out of the ground," says John Carnaghi, FSU's Vice President for Finance and Administration.

This session, the university requested $49 million in construction costs from lawmakers. The university has an operating budget of $970 million.

"Certainly we hope the Legislature is generous in our request for funding additional facilities, and we'll know that in a matter of days," says Carnaghi.

Officials with Florida A&M are also waiting to see what lawmakers decide. FAMU is putting the finishing touches on a $7 million campus recreation center.

"Right now we are also working on the intramural fields. There is a multi purpose gym coming that is about $20 million right across from the intramural field, " says Gei Nam Lim, Associate Director of the FAMU Campus Recreation Center.

Officials with FSU say what is really needed from lawmakers is more flexibility to set tuition rates.

Carnaghi says the university is seeing fewer out of state students due to rising tuition costs. As a result, more students are being turned away because the demand for an education is so high.