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4-year-old University of Kansas dorm needs $4.9M HVAC repair

April 20, 2019 - 9:22 am
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The University of Kansas will spend $4.9 million this summer to fix the system that heats and cools one of its newest residence halls.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Kansas Board of Regents has agreed to make the fix. Regents facilities director Nelda Henning says the heating and cooling system failed "almost immediately" after Self Hall opened in 2015. Henning says the university has been trying to find a workaround for the last four years but has finally reached a point at which it has no other option but to replace the system.

Henning says the university is pursuing legal action against the company it believes is responsible. But she says the school needs some way of paying for the project immediately. She characterized it as an "emergency repair."

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