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New future for
* 1U' Is building
allover campus
lthough construction means dirt, noise and inconvenience for
current students and faculty, many believe it will create a
state-of-the-art University.
"Better facilities enable students to have a better educational
experience," said University Planner Fred Mayer.
Because the University's needs have grown and changed over
time, many campus facilities are now outmoded.
"The systems of buildings on campus are not designed for the type
of use patterns we have now," Mayer said.
The construction is aimed at improving the facilities available to
both faculty and students. This includes new classrooms, lecture halls
and offices.
"We are finally doing so much work that is more student-oriented
then research-oriented. This is a time for heavy and highly visible
*work," said Tom Schlaff, director of construction management.
Farris Womack, vice president and chief financial officer of the
University, said the large amount of construction on campus is due to
the favorable economic climate right now.
"We saw this as a window of opportunity because the interest rates
are so low. We could get these badly needed faculties either renovated
or built at a time when the cost of doing it was lower than it has been
in 25 years," Womack said.
Renovation projects in several buildings will upgrade mechanical
systems such as heating and ventilation, as well as add air condition-
*ing. Ramps and banisters will also be added in many locations to
increase the buildings' accessibility to disabled students.
Schlaff said, "The whole perspective is campus-wide ... Probably
the most impressive thing that I have seen is all the classroom
improvements on campus."
Another goal of construction is academic organization, Mayer
said. New buildings will allow departments that are currently scattered
in many areas to consolidate into one location.
Psychology will receive office space in East Engineering. The
School of Social Work will move into a building to be built next to the
School of Education Building. The science collection will be united in
*the UGLi and the engineering collections will move to North Campus.
After this current wave of construction is over, the Diag will be
next. Improvements in lighting, sidewalks and drainage are planned.
Mayer said, "We are going to go in and try to restore the Diag from
the abuse it is taking."
Changes made to the Medical Campus will increase the space
available for research and patient services.
"Some of the research programs are jammed tight. They need space
that is brought up to contemporary methods," said Horace Bomar,
'director of facilities for the Medical School.
* North Campus will also be expanded to include new facilities for
the College of Engineering. The Integrated Technology Instructional
Center (ITIC) will contain a library and technology center geared
towards the needs of all four schools on North Campus - Music,
Engineering, Art, and Architecture.
An expansion of the North Campus Commons to provide more
food options is also being discussed.
Mayer said North Campus is a fast growing part of the University,
and more construction is planned for the future. "The image of North
Campus as very open, will change dramatically," he said.
With the proposed changes, North Campus will become a "one-
stop" campus for students of the four schools, Mayer said.
The new facilities mean that these students will no longer have to
go to Central Campus for their research or technology needs.
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Current Construction r
As the temperature heats up, the construction season moves into full swing.
Many University buildings need improvements to staircases, bathrooms and Fu
fire safety equipment. Sometimes total facelifts are necessary. And sometimes e pro
classrooms are converted to faculty offices. Here is a rundown of what's School of So
happening on the Diag and elsewhere around campus. In the wr

From paper
screating a
Wig.new look

~takes time
n the case of construction decisions, it is a
long trip from the University drawing board
to reality.
So long, in fact, University Planner Fred
Mayer has decorated his office with detailed
color maps of the entire University.
Displayed on easels throughout the office,
these maps outline possible areas for develop-
ment as well as current infrastructure - roads
and sewer systems.
"What you will see is that although there
are many sites drawn out, there is no particu-
lar name for a building on it. We do not try to
guess 25 years in advance exactly what will
be needed in the year 2005," he said.
Construction projects usually begin at the
departmental level. The idea for a project
usually starts when members of a department
complain about the current facilities. The
chair turns these complaints over to the dean
of that school.
It is the dean's responsibility to prioritize
the needs of the school and then approach the
provost or executive officers with a request
for a new facility.
"Now the question becomes, 'How are
you going to pay for it?"' Mayer said.
Farris Womack, vice president and chief
financial officer of the University, said al-
though student fees do play a part in construc-
tion financing, the bulk of the funding comes
from other sources. Most buildings either pay
for themselves through University revenue or
are funded through philanthropic gifts and
state appropriations.
Mayer said, "Among the 17 colleges ..
some like Business and the Law school have
reasonable large philanthropic sources to count
on, but there are not many millionaire social
workers."
He added, "In the state, funding requests
generally sit for a couple of years."
The state is currently funding construction
of the Integrated Technology Instruction Cen-
ter (ITIC), Engineering Center, Angell Hall
and C.C. Little projects.
Womack said many buildings are also
paid for through the sale of bonds. Student
fees are promised as security on the bonds.
or The decision to involve student fees in the
a financing of construction is based on the level
of direct benefits to students. Projects cur-
rently funded in this way include the UGLi,
the Randall addition (behind West Engineer-
e ing) and East Engineering.
s "Every year there is a responsibility to pay
gy for some proportion of the debt. A student
d who comes here in the year 2000 will pay as
:s much as the student who was here when it was
incurred," Womack said.
Since bonds are usually 20 to 30 year
obligations, Womack said current student fees
are paying for the buildings that are here now.
After funding is obtained for the project,
contractors are invited by the University to
make bids on the project.
When a contractor is chosen, the construc-
tion begins.

Undergraduate Library
What are the doing? Beautifyin the Ra
UGLi. The outside gets a complete fcelift to Wh
remove those blue panels.ont
Cool benefits: All the science libraries will the
be on the third floor, instead of in various co
buildings all over campus. A new bridge will fo
connect the library to West Engineering and for
the Graduate Library. More ramps and Cos
upgraded elevators will make it more To
accessible.
Cost: $11.1 million
To be finished: January 1995

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3ndall Laboratoy
hat are they doing? Adding
to all four floors andextending
basement.
Ai benefits: Much more room
physics research and faculty
ces.
it: $22.4 million
be finished: Mid-1995

East Engineering
What are they doing? Ma'
remodling. A new lecture hal,
smaller auditorium and seven
new classrooms are included.
The upper floors will be
exclusively faculty offices whil
the lower floors will mix office
and classrooms.
Cool benefits: The Psycholo
department, currently scattere
all over campus, will have all it
departmental offices in the
building.
Cost: $28.6 million
To be finished: March 1996

/v',, . ,,1Ot e rojects / / ., /
Integrated Technology Instruction Center and Engineering Center:
While on opposite sites of the North Campus Common, these two buildings will unite
the campus and provide additional space for faculty and administrators. The ITIC will
include a library and expansive computer facilities with technology for all of the schools.
Price Tag: $43.4 million
*Target Date: June 1996
Mott's Children's Hospital:
Phased renovation is currently going on at Mott's. The renovation and addition include
basic structuralsmaintenance as well as upgrading the operating rooms, recovery areas
and play spaces.
Price Tag: $46.5 million
Target Date: February 1995
Cancer and Geriatrics Research Building:
This 10-story building will provide the Medical School with increased research facilities
and inpatient treatment. It will also integrate services currently scattered throughout the
medical complex. Included in the project is a five-floor parking structure.
Price Tag: $88.6 million
Target Date: August 1996
Medical Science Research III:
This building will be devoted to research. The project includes renovations of lecture
halls and facilities in the medical buildings I and 11.
Price Tag: $50.2 million
STarget Date: June 1994

Sources: University planners, Offices of
Financial Affairs and Construction Management.
JONATHAN BERNDT/Daily

By Lisa Dines
Daily Staff Reporter

This hole near the Diag should be filled with an extension of the
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*Students try to avoid construction 'war zone' while crossing Diag

Before Columbus, sailors were afraid to
voyage too far and fall off the end of the
world. Now, in 1994, University students

months.
David Freund, a graduate student, teaches
a class in East Engineering where construc-

"The major earth-moving equipment is
creating fumes, noise, dirt and vibrations,"
Bomar said.

school or the construction site manager. The
University has also set up a phone number to
answer concerns about construction.

Mesh fabric was added to the fences in
order to reduce dust and noise while still
allowing students to observe the progress.

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