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Indiana State University officials today announced they've have awarded the contract for the renovation of the Hulman Center to Hannig Construction of Terre Haute.

Indiana State University officials today announced they have awarded the contract for the renovation of the Hulman Center to Hannig Construction of Terre Haute.

Hannig’s base bid of $42.8 million, which includes selected alternates, was the lowest among three submitted last week. Construction is set to begin soon and is expected to take 24 months.

Total cost for the project is $50 million, which includes construction costs as well as soft costs such as design. Funding consists of $37.5 million appropriated by the state and $12.5 million from university gifts, cash reserves and non-fee-replaced borrowing.

The project, which was expected to begin last summer, had to be redesigned and rebid when the low bid was $5 million higher than construction estimates.

Improvements include replacing outdated mechanical and electrical systems and failing exterior metal panel cladding and curtain walls. Updates to safety systems for fire suppression and key areas of the existing catwalk above the bowl area are also planned. Other limitations set to be remedied include adding a second, larger elevator.

The university will continue to hold limited activities — including men’s and women’s basketball games — during the renovation period. Heavy mechanical work will occur during the summer months.

Opened in in 1973, has 174,000 gross square feet. Located on the campus’ southeastern edge, it bridges campus life with Terre Haute’s downtown and hosts hundreds of events.

“We are excited to kick off this much-needed upgrade to a highly used community asset,” university President Deborah J. Curtis said in a news release.

“After several months of preparation work, we are eager to get construction under way and look forward to working with Hannig Construction and its team of subcontractors to build a better Hulman Center,” said Diann McKee, senior vice president for finance.

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