PULLMAN, Wash.–The Washington State University Board of Regents will be asked to delegate authority to the administration for selection of design consultants on two major construction projects and for the purchase of equipment for the proposed incinerator project when it meets here Friday.
Regents will convene at 11 a.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre.
Consultants will be retained for preliminary design work on the planned Scholars Hall and facilities for the Institute for Shock Physics.
White Hall, which formerly housed the offices of the College of Home Economics, will be converted into a residence and classroom facility for the WSU Honors Program. The $11.7 million renovation project will establish an academic residence center for up to 150 students and provide classrooms and academic offices. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2001.
Additional space for the Institute for Shock Physics will be accomplished with new construction on the plaza site east of the Webster Physical Sciences Building. The $10 million project will include 9,000 square feet of new physics laboratory space and renovation of lecture halls and office support space. The institute is funded by a federal grant of $10 million over five years. Completion is planned for mid-2003.
The WSU incinerator purchase, estimated at $1.25 million, would include the incineration chambers, pollution controls, monitoring systems and other services. The equipment will incinerate pathological, medical and low-level radioactive wastes. The project, including construction, is expected to be completed in early 1999 at a total cost of $4.7 million.
The regents also will consider modifications to the endowment investment policy and a proposed contract with Intecom for the maintenance of the university’s telephone switch.

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