TAMPA — The city council this week agreed to spend an additional $188,372 to cover the cost of renovations to Plant Hall on the University of Tampa campus.
The city, which owns the landmark building, paid $350,000 last year for the project, but the work was more expensive than anticipated. The work included repairs to the building’s foundation, painting and upgrades of the fire and safety alarm systems.
“It was a hodge podge of things to keep the building where it needs to be and maintaining it as codes change,” said David Vaughn, the city’s contract administrator.
In total, the renovations cost $488,372. The money came from the city Utility Tax Capital Projects Fund.
Both the city and the University of Tampa allocate $100,000 each year for major improvements on Plant Hall, which was built in 1891 as the Tampa Bay Hotel.