- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson State University plans to spend $1.5 million to replace bricks and steel on the outside of its main library, as well the roof.

The College Board approved the work Thursday for the H.T. Sampson Library.

The university says water damage to parts of the building’s exterior must be repaired or replaced for safety.

Mainly using money appropriated by the Legislature last year, JSU will pay Burris/Wagnon Architects $107,000 to oversee the work. Construction is expected to cost $1.36 million, with about $80,000 set aside for contingencies and other costs.

The original the library was built in 1958. It was expanded and renovated in 1973. In 1997, it was expanded and renovated again, at the cost of $13.5 million.

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