Kansas universities lag on maintenance

The state’s Board of Regents reports that its six state university campuses face a backlog of deferred maintenance with a price tax exceeding three-quarters of a billion dollars.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff January 22, 2009

According to an article in the Manhattan Mercury , the Kansas Board of Regents has come out with a report that puts the amount of maintenance backlog at the state’s six universities at $825 million.

A previous study, released in 2006, indicated that state university campuses faced a maintenance backlog of $663 million. The updated study, conducted during the summer and fall of 2008, showed the number had surged by 24% in a short two-year span. Authorities attributed the jump to surges in construction inflation, the increased age of the campus buildings, and the continued and chronic under-funding of annual maintenance needs.

“It’s no surprise that this problem continues to grow,” said Donna Shank, Board of Regents chair. “While the 2007 legislation provided an important down-payment, it fell significantly short of the kind of comprehensive solution that would adequately and ultimately address this pressing issue. That being said, the legislation did give us an opportunity to begin work on the most vital maintenance projects and we’ve already seen positive results.”