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ND public college infrastructure dated while economy booms

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+

North Dakota has seen a significant amount of positive economic growth since the implementation of hydraulic fracturing in the western part of the state. Despite the economic recession, North Dakota seems to be flourishing, seeing more growth in the past four years than it ever has before.  However, Bloomberg’s Jennifer Oldham reported yesterday that despite North Dakota’s prosperous economy their colleges are in dire need of repair.  Almost all state colleges in the area are historic landmarks that have not been adequately updated, making it more difficult to support most modern technology. It has also been reported that the buildings have inadequate ventilation and a lack of fire detection systems.

North Dakota faces a whopping $808 million in backlog maintenance updates for its 11 universities. In comparison, Arizona’s universities need a total of $511 million in updates, Texas $394 million, and Colorado $248 million. The majority of higher education infrastructure in the state is over a half-century old. Oldham reports that many buildings have reports of asbestos and lead paint.

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