Western Carolina University made public an update on its capital improvement plan. Soon to be completed are $22.5 million in renovations to Brown Hall, a 55-year-old cafeteria; local businesses MadStone Café and Catching Light Books will open in the newly-remodeled Noble Hall, a mixed-use development housing 420 students. Then, as soon as Summit Healthcare commits residents, a new medical office will open. Further up the pipeline, with completion dates within the next two years, are five construction projects totaling $226 million. $110 million in bond proceeds will be used to replace the school’s Natural Sciences Building. Two new residence halls, one with 600 beds and another with 300, will be built to replace the Scott and Walker dormitories. The latter two will then be torn down and possibly replaced. University leadership expects the legislature to approve another bond referendum to garner $24 million in debt to build a parking deck with up to 1000 spaces. And lastly, the university is fundraising for a $10-$20 million indoor sports training facility. The university is striving to contract with regional companies for construction and tenancy, and it will be hosting a series of outreach programs to attract minority-owned businesses.