Looming budget cuts have forced the University to put some capital projects on hold.
But renovations of Chancellor Holden Thorp’s house are proceeding as planned — and they carry a price tag of $165,627.
The two projects, which are scheduled to be completed within the next few weeks, will construct a large back porch at the Quail Hill residence and renovate a cottage on the property.
The University paid for the $115,927 porch renovation with funds reserved annually for projects that are not budgeted at the beginning of the year, said Dick Mann, vice chancellor for finance and administration.
He said the project was small enough to be covered by the funds.
“This was inexpensive enough,” Mann said. “Had this been a million-dollar project we probably couldn’t do it.”