May 20, 2012
How the Campus Crumbles: Colleges Face Challenges From Deferred Maintenance
Kent State U.
If there is one thing Steven C. Ender wants you to understand about the money he needs to fix up Grand Rapids Community College, it's this: "This is not about new carpet."
Mr. Ender, the college's president, can tick off the $2-million in repairs needed in the applied-technology center alone: Fire alarms, $21,000. Emergency lighting, $17,000. Roof exhaust fans, $130,000. Air-volume boxes, used for cooling, $931,000. And so on—with the most pressing needs totaling about