Imperative 9

We will provide attractive facilities that advance student learning and campus life.

  1. Develop a comprehensive maintenance and renovation cycle that enables our facilities to be aligned with the best practices in teaching and learning
    1. Establish a finish replacement cycle for all facilities
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Gathering data from APPA on standards for our region for finish replacement cycles
    2. Establish a renovation cycle for all facilities
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Conducting facility audits for condition status of interior spaces and exterior envelopes.
    3. Establish a 4-season landscape plan
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Landscape plan has been implemented and we are in the process of documenting all landscape beds by our Grounds Crew
        • Over 100 trees have been added to the landscape of the campus in the past year with the plan to add additional trees of varying species for diversity and to meet City of Belton “tree mitigation” rules.
  2. Identify, prioritize, and construct needed facilities
    1. Construct a nursing building, a performing arts center, a football stadium, a visual arts center, a student union building, and student residences
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts reached its substantial completion on August 14, 2012 and was granted a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Belton on August 16, 2012. Classes began in the new facility in the Fall 2012.
        • The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center reached its substantial completion date on November 30, 2012 and was granted a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Belton on December 5, 2012, and move in date for the faculty was December 17, 2012. Classes began Spring 2013.
        • The target project substantial completion schedule for the Student Union Building has changed to mid to late Fall 2013, and Crusader Stadium should be ready for occupancy in August 2013 with the first football game on September 21st.
        • College View Apartments are on schedule to revert to UMHB in May 2014. We are currently evaluating how many beds we need to have available for Fall 2014. Total occupancy expected is to be 250-300 beds.
        • We have selected Randall Scott Architects (Dallas) in partnership with Westlake Reed Leskosky (Phoenix) as the architect firm for the Performing Arts Center. Contract negotiations are in process.
        • We have hired PBK Architects to design the renovations of the Mabee Center. The schematic design is complete and reviewed by all affected parties, 50% complete on design documents and 20% complete of construction documents. The effort here is to establish a student success center by aggregating the Center of Academic Excellence, Center for Global Engagement, Transition Programs, Career Services, Counseling & Testing, Writing Center, International Student Services, ROTC, Campus Police, Post Office, Digital Media Services, food service venue, and providing much needed study space into one center. Interviews with four construction companies have been completed with assistance of PBK Architects, and we have selected Baird/Williams Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR). The preliminary start date for the renovation is January 2014 pending approvals.
    2. Enhance campus by relocating the center for physical plant operations and creating intramural space, pedestrian malls, outdoor social spaces, and additional parking
      1. 2011-2013 Progress

        • Facilities Services was changed to Physical Plant in Fall 2011. We completed the purchase of a 162,252-square-foot facility in Fall 2012 in Belton’s Industrial Park which formerly housed a chair manufacturing company. This facility will be the new location for our Physical Plant. Renovation work began on September 10, 2012 and plan to occupy the new space in summer 2013. This will consist of approximately 12,000 sf of office space, and will aggregate most of our storage in one location
        • The Campus Recreational Office & Courts were completed in August 2012 which consists of 4 tennis courts, 3 sand volleyball and 2 basketball courts. The building consists of 2,000 square feet of office, storage & restroom space.
        • Crusader Way Relocation was completed in December 2012.
        • Total parking count as of May 2012 was 3,651, and in May 2013 is 4,003. This provided the university a net gain of 352 parking spaces.
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