The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees approved the installation of 18 streetlights to be placed near the Baswell Techionery, Hindsman Tower and the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center during its monthly meeting.
The additional lighting was recommended as a priority because of a campus safety walk that was conducted. At the walk, representatives from various organizations deemed those areas needed an improvement in lighting.
The total cost for the installation of the lights is $109, 230. Tech received a $50,000 grant from the West Central Arkansas Planning District, which will be combined with $59,000 the trustees had approved for transfer from the unappropriated educational and general fund balance.
President Dr. Robin Bowen and trustees chairman Tom Kennedy were appreciative and acknowledged Sen. Michael Lamoureux for his assistance in obtaining the grant.
Sam Strasner, director of University Relations, said the project will be completed in the spring.
“The contract for the project will be awarded to the low bidder in mid-December. Installation will begin soon after with a scheduled completion date of March 15,” Strasner said.
Campus enhancements have recently been a priority. Over the past few years, security cameras, emergency call stations and pedestrian safety gates have been installed to ensure more safety.
Tech currently has no other plans for additional lighting, but assessments will be made by the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Facilities Management.
“With input from the campus community, it will help Arkansas Tech establish priorities as it determines future lighting needs,” Stasner said.