Peru, Nebraska - Peru State College held a ribbon cutting this week for the completed walkway designed to make the east side of campus accessible for students in wheelchairs. The project included routes from the Performing Arts Center and Sesquicentennial Plaza to W. N. Delzell Hall and Campus Services, as well as related site lighting. Also in the project plan was a new ramp to the Campus Services building.
Members of the LB 309 Task Force were on campus for the ribbon cutting, including the Task Force's Administrator, Michelle Potts, and the Director of the Department of Administrative Services for the State of Nebraska, Jason Jackson. The 309 Task Force Division was created to address the State's significant deferred building renewal needs in state-owned facilities by providing funding and oversight of building upgrades.
Dr. Paul Turman, Chancellor of the Nebraska State College System, spoke at the event, saying, "In 2014, Peru State College and the LB 309 Task Force teamed up to accomplish an accessibility study of the campus. They identified a significant need to create ADA accessible routes for the east portion of campus and under their leadership an allocation was approved by Governor Ricketts to begin design and construction of the project."
Jackson also spoke at the event, adding, "At the Department of Administrative Services, we work towards the Governor’s mission of creating a more effective, more efficient, and customer-focused state government and ensuring that our services are accessible to all people is the most important aspect of customer service. This important project was an investment of over almost $500,000 and is one of just the many ADA related projects that the 309 Task Force has spent more than $7 million implementing over the last several years."
"We appreciate the great partnership between our Department and the Task Force, Peru State College, and the Nebraska State College System on this project and look forward to forward to this continued partnership on future projects to ensure that this campus and all State College campuses are accessible to all."
Additional comments from Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, and the Director of Facility Services, Darrin Reeves, thanked the College's partners in the state, the construction team at Genesis Contracting, and the project's designers, Schemmer Associations.
In preparation for the new ADA walkways, new push button door operators were also installed in three buildings; The south side entrance of Delzell where the ADA walkway is under construction, the elevator entrance to the Administration building and the northeast entrance to the Campus Services building.
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