Folsom Hall, the University's major classroom building, has received $2 million in improvements, including new floors, windows, ceilings, exterior work, improved ADA accessibility, updated heating and ventilation systems, and many new energy efficiencies. A&L Construction of Presque Isle served as the general contractor on the renovation project. The renovations, the first significant improvements Folsom Hall has received since it was built in 1966, have provided vastly improved educational facilities for students and faculty.
"The University has kept its promise to move quickly on this major building improvement project, spend our money wisely, and bring construction jobs to the area," President Don Zillman said. "Now, it's time to celebrate the hard work done by County workers - on time and on budget - with this rededication ceremony. We'd like to invite everyone to come and celebrate the completion of this project with us and see how their University is going to be able to provide a better learning environment for the community."
Major funding for the project was approved by voters last fall. Bond Question 3 asked whether voters would spend $43.5 million for brick and mortar improvements at universities and colleges across the state. The University stood to receive $1.4 million, along with an additional $600,000 from the University of Maine System. On Nov. 6, the question passed with 51 percent support statewide; in Aroostook County, support was significantly higher for the initiative, at 55.6 percent. The University had promised that if Question 3 passed, renovation work would begin as soon as physically possible. Initial work began four months later, in March, and was completed this fall - less than a year after voters approved funding for the work.
The community is invited to attend the rededication ceremony and ribbon cutting, and then enjoy building tours and refreshments following the ceremony. For more information, please call the Media Relations Office at 768-9452.