Changes to Rensselaers physical plant are staggering. In addition to the big dig on 15th Street where the 218,000-square-foot Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies is taking shape, new construction on the south side of the campus includes the experimental media and performing arts center, a parking garage, a boiler plant, a chiller facility, and an electric substation.
And construction of a new upperclass residence hall is planned to begin next summer.
Conditions of all classrooms were reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Education and Campus Planning and Facilities Design in the summer of 2001. At that time, 30 classrooms received general renovation; four classrooms received full laptop upgrade, and four were partially upgraded.
Creating a presence that projects the image Rensselaer wishes to convey has included a redesigned, consistent Web presence that is rapidly extending to all levels of the rpi.edu domain, including Rensselaer at Hartford.
Image improvement also includes the Institutes real front door, with a planned redesigned entrance to the South Campus off College Avenue.
Development of a new budgeting process was an essential step in implementing The Rensselaer Plan. The new process is activity-based, rather than incremental, and requires a disciplined approach to prioritization.
Since the activities of a portfolio and their relationship to The Rensselaer Plan are the determining factor in budgets, spending will be consistent with strategy and will force the prioritization of finite resources and reserves.
New construction will be financed in part by $220 million in tax-exempt bonds from the Troy Industrial Development Authority.
And, as demonstrated elsewhere in this magazine, fund raising is at the highest level ever attained by Rensselaer. The Institute is entering the 21st century on a growing financial base.
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