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Youngberg Hall wing to be vacated for repairs

Nearly half of the staff of the KU Center for Research will relocate from Youngberg Hall in mid-December. "The south wing of Youngberg is being vacated in order to renovate its antiquated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. "The project is expected to last five to six months. "

"We realize this may pose some hardships for the KU research community," said Jim Roberts, vice provost for research. ""We will do everything possible to avoid disruptions and ensure continuity of service to researchers."

Affected groups include Proposal Services, Contract Negotiations, Sponsored Programs Administration, Networks and Information Systems, Human Subjects, Facilities Administration, Research Training and Research Communications.

Plans are being finalized to move the groups to four other buildings: Strong Hall, the Life Sciences Research Labs, the Wakarusa Research Facility and the Multidisciplinary Research Building.

"The south wing has had HVAC problems for many years," said Roberts. ""A staff survey in February confirmed the situation. "This is a bad situation for the staff, and it needs to be fixed."

Groups remaining in Youngberg include Research Integrity, Business Services, Finance and Budgeting, Compensation and Appointments, Research Information, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property and Business Relations and Development. "

Updates will be posted at www.research.ku.edu/hvac.

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