Campus parking and various stages of project approvals are on the agenda for Auburn University’s trustees when the board gathers on the AUM campus this week.
The meeting is scheduled for Friday morning at the Taylor Center on the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery.
The board is expected to vote on project initiation and engineer selection for phase 1 of a campus parking expansion.
The first phase of the plan would increase surface parking spaces by the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, according to a memorandum from Dan King, assistant vice president for facilities, to President Steven Leath.
“The demand for proximate parking on the Auburn University campus by faculty, staff, students and visitors has exceeded the supply for many years,” the memo reads. “Since 2010, the university has worked to improve this situation by constructing or acquiring 2,700 spaces in parking garages and 1,110 surface parking spaces.”
Despite these increases, however, demand continues to exceed the spaces available due to the growth of the overall campus population, loss of parking areas due to the construction of new facilities and the loss of leased space adjacent to campus because of development in downtown Auburn.
“To improve the campus parking situation, the university is working on a multi-year plan to construct new surface parking spaces and parking structures,” according to the memo. “This plan will be implemented in a phased approach through a series of projects, with each phase presented to the board of trustees for approval as a separate project, as appropriate.”
It is anticipated that the first phase of this project would be paid for with university general funds and increased parking fees.
A Friday vote from the board would grant final project approval to the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, a first-of-its-kind project for Auburn that would blend an academic component with revenue generating elements.
“The entire project is in support of the College of Human Sciences’ Hospitality Management program and its Culinary Science, Event Management, and Hotel and Restaurant Management academic options,” according to a memo from King. “This project combines academic instructional and laboratory space, as well as operational food venues and hotel spaces in which students will obtain experiential training.”
The 142,000-square-foot culinary science center will be built at the corner of Thach Avenue and South College Street, just north of the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
It will contain 26,000 square feet of academic classroom, laboratory, support and office space; 17,000 square feet of teaching restaurant, brewery and food hall space; 27,000 square feet of boutique teaching hotel, spa and fitness center space; 11,000 square feet of event and maintenance space, and six leased living units, according to the memo.
The total project cost is estimated at $95.4 million, which will be a combination of university general funds, College of Human Sciences gift funds and operating revenues from the hotel, restaurant, food hall and leased living units.
In April 2017, trustee Jimmy Rane and his family gave a $12 million gift to the university for naming rights to the building.
The proposed timeline is for construction to begin in May 2019 and the project to be finished in April 2021, according King’s memo.
Academic classroom/lab complex
“The Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex project is the culmination of a decade long vision to enhance student instructional facilities at Auburn University,” states a memo from King.
This estimated $83 million project will include construction of a 151,000-square-foot building containing lecture halls, classrooms and laboratories. The board of trustees will vote on final project approval Friday.
“The project team designed the ACLC to provide spaces that could operate as either a laboratory or a classroom, as needed, on a semester-to-semester basis,” according to the memo. “Increasing the campus inventory of flexible instructional space will reduce scheduling bottlenecks and reduce reliance on the outdated Haley Center classroom space.”
The new classroom and lab complex would be built on the current site of Allison Laboratory and west of Parker Hall. Allison Lab would be demolished before construction of the new building begins, and demolition of Parker Hall would begin after the new complex is finished.
“The proposed schedule for the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex is for demolition and construction to start during the spring of 2019 and to complete the project so that the facility will be operational for the start of Academic Year 2021-2022,” the memo reads.
A project related to the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex would expand dining options and capacity in the core part of campus.
Final project approval for a Central Dining Facility is on Friday’s agenda. The 48,000-square-foot, 800-seat facility would be located next to the new ACLC on the existing site of Allison Laboratory and west of Parker Hall.
The facility would contain a dining hall, reservable dining/study space and retail venue space, according to the memo from King.
The proposed schedule for the project is for demolition and construction to begin in spring 2019 and for the facility to be operational for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Also on the board’s agenda are final project approval for the Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory, final project approval for northeast campus utility expansion, architect selection for a new College of Education Building, project initiation and engineer selection for Auburn Research Park infrastructure expansion, and project initiation and architect selection for renovations to the Village Dining Facility.