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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE OCTOBER 2011 ADMISSION OFFICE MODIFICATIONS With the increase of Admission staff, several changes are being made in the office suite to provide offices for new counselors. This is being accomplished by removing several modular office set ups and relocating some of the staff to other areas of the building. ATHLETICS MASTER PLAN The following projects are being studied as part of the ongoing athletics master plan. Baseball Field House Design is underway for a new baseball field house \ indoor batting facility to be located along the first base side of Latham Stadium. The building is planned to be approximately 10,000 square feet and includes player locker room \ lounge, coaches’ offices, training room and a batting cage \ pitching area. The building exterior will be predominately brick veneer and will be designed to meet Furman design and construction standards. Football Press Box \ Fieldhouse The existing press box has significant fire code deficiencies and possible solutions have been studied including the addition of new egress stairs to the building. The possible solutions are costly and only temporary due to other functional problems with the building. The local fire department has given the University a two year deadline to remedy the code issues before significant occupancy reductions are imposed. Due to these circumstances, the Administration has decided to look at what is needed for a new facility rather than complete a temporary solution. To this end, a schematic design study has just begun with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects for a new combination building at Paladin Stadium. The new building will include a field house for the football team and a press box for stadium use. The field house will include coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, locker rooms, training room, equipment room and support spaces (an option for weight training will be studied as well). The press box portion of the building will include concessions, ticket sales, a club viewing level, a suite viewing level, a press level and other support spaces. REK Short Game Practice Facility Design development is in process for the future construction of a short game practice area (north of the current REK) to be used by the Furman golf teams. Although the facilities at the REK are adequate for practicing the long game, short game practice areas are not sufficient. To provide facilities commensurate with other NCAA programs, construction of dedicated space for short game practice is proposed to include putting greens (both bermuda and bent grass), short game target greens, and bunker practice greens built and grassed to replicate golf course conditions. Soccer Field House An updated concept for a field house at Stone Soccer Stadium was produced this summer by McMillan Pazdan Smith. This proposed 3,250 square foot building includes public rest rooms, home and visitor locker rooms, training room, concessions and an upper level viewing deck. The new schematic plan will be used for the ongoing fund raising phase of this project and will be the basis for the building to be completed in the future. Softball Press Box A new press box facility has been designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith for the existing Pepsi Softball Stadium. This facility includes public restrooms, concessions, coaches’ offices, press box and exterior plaza areas and will be located adjacent to the existing stands. The building is approximately 2,700 square feet and the exterior will be predominately brick veneer designed to meet Furman design and construction standards. The project is currently in the bidding stage with construction possibly beginning by the end of October pending the completion of the fundraising effort. Occupation is projected to occur in early March 2012. CAMPUS WIRELESS UPGRADE The wireless project is on schedule and on budget. All residence halls were complete before the start of the fall semester. Nearly all administrative and academic buildings are also complete. Work remaining should be complete by the end of November and includes the Molinar lab of Health and Exercise Science, the upper level of the Chapel, the football stadium press box, and a few other outlying athletic areas. Our systems and network staff are continuing to learn the new system. We have found some areas of weak coverage in Manly, Judson, and the Library porch but plans are underway to address these areas. CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER STUDY The University recently began a study of the need for infant and toddler care on campus. In late September, the firm, WFD Consulting, was retained to conduct study groups and review the existing Child Development Center. Their report will provide recommendations about adding these younger children to the program and any facilities upgrades this may require. To date, their work is in progress and recommendations are expected in the next several weeks. DEFERRED MAINTENANCE PROJECTS Below are the major projects identified for completion this fiscal year with the annual Deferred Maintenance budget allocation of $1,575,000 plus reserves that has saved from previous years. Annual Dorm Renewals Over the summer, Haynsworth Dorm and North Village buildings A, B & C were renewed as part of our long term housing renewal schedule. Due to the upcoming major renovations to South Housing, the annual renewal work in this area has been significantly scaled back. Work was completed between May 9th and July 15th and included complete carpet replacements, painting of corridors and bedrooms, light fixture replacements, and HVAC system repairs/replacements. Tennis Court Renewal This project included the surface renovation of the Men’s and stadium courts and the re- coloring of the Women’s courts. The asphalt on the men’s and stadium courts were completely milled, re-graded and 3” of new asphalt was installed. All the outdoor courts were sealed and colored with a purple & green scheme with white striping. In keeping with national trends, diamond “F” logos were installed between the courts in addition to new nets and posts. Project was completed in September. Upgrade to Circuits 3 and 7 The high voltage circuits feeding the PAC, Younts Conference Center, Timmons Arena, and Cherrydale will be replaced over the Christmas break. The existing wiring and connections are a major source of concern for possible failure and repairs are not a viable option. The revamped system will be much more reliable and the risk of a major, unplanned outage will be significantly reduced. Chilled Water Loop Expansion Plans are underway to extend the existing chilled water piping to the Art Building and to Chiles and Gambrell in Lakeside Housing. These building currently utilize chillers and associated equipment that are well past their useful life and the source of frequent maintenance problems. The buildings will be fed chilled water from the Central Plant which operates more much efficiently and reliably. This work is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012. REK Siding Replacement The existing cypress siding on REK will be replaced using Hardy board siding that will require significantly less maintenance and care in the long term. This project is scheduled for completion in early 2012. Daniel Recital Hall Rigging Repairs This project will replace all existing overhead lights and the rigging infrastructure associated with the movable ceiling and acoustic panels in Daniel Recital Hall. Replacement and repair parts are no longer available and this system has been identified as a major safety concern. This project is scheduled for completion over the Christmas break. DUNCAN CHAPEL SIDEWALK This summer a conceptual design and estimate was developed for a new sidewalk connecting the Vinings Apartments to the entrance at Timmons Arena. A grant application was submitted to the county C Funds committee for possible funding of a significant portion of the cost. The C Funds committee is made up of state house representatives from our area and they are tasked with distributing state highway department funds based on the merits of the applications received. The committee was fairly supportive of the project but asked that we identify other funding sources that would reduce the amount required by the state. When other funding sources are identified, we will again meet with the committee for final approval. This sidewalk will be a significant safety improvement and benefits to both the community and Furman students. Work is on hold pending additional funding. ENERGY/UTILITIES Natural Gas prices have moved even lower with the “forward” month is now in the high $3.00 range. Supplies are still abundant and are near historical highs in terms of availability and storage. Triggers have been set with SCANA Energy to purchase additional hedges of gas for the 2011/2012 budget year as those months fall below $4.00per dk. Pricing for approximately 70% of our gas consumption in 2011-2012 have been locked in at rates well below our budget. This favorable pricing market and the hedging strategies used will lead to significant budget savings for Natural Gas purchases in FY 2012. We are also engaged in talks with our supplier about the feasibility of locking in our pricing for three years to take advantage of the current pricing. ENERGY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS The following energy reduction projects are currently being studied as part of our long term strategy to reduce future energy costs. The decision was recently made to not enter into a performance contract with an energy services provider but rather, complete these and other projects using internal resources. Heat Wheels at Townes A project to add heat wheels to four of the air handlers in Townes Science Center has been identified that will significantly reduce the natural gas consumed in the building and save the university approximately $50,000 per year. The heat wheels will exchange ‘free’ energy between the air entering and leaving the building which will reduce the amount of energy that has to be purchased. Duke Energy Audit Furman has entered into an agreement with Duke Energy to complete a comprehensive energy audit of McAlister Auditorium and Daniel Music Building. Both buildings are very inefficient and this audit will provide valuable information on potential, cost effective energy reduction projects that can be completed. Duke Energy is paying for 50% of the cost of the audit which is estimated at $40,000. GEOTHERMAL PROJECT The installation of the Geothermal system for Phase I (North Village Buildings A, B, and C) was completed between May 9th and August 4th. During this time, sixty (60) 500 foot wells were drilled and the existing heat pumps were replaced with new water source heat pumps. A small mechanical room was built on the end of each building that houses the system pumps and control panels. The system was operational for the start of the fall term. We encountered a couple of unanticipated issues that had to be worked through. Preparations have begun for the implementation of Phase II (buildings D, E, and F). The attic piping work will begin in late November and be completed over the Christmas break. Phase II wells and heat pump replacements will begin in May 2012. The system is working extremely well and we are experiencing a 30% reduction thus far in power consumption compared to the existing systems. Market and field conditions pushed our costs higher than our anticipated budget. We are developing plans to address the likely scenario that all buildings cannot be retrofitted with Geothermal within the existing budget. Below is the overall schedule for this project. Summer of 2011 – Buildings A, B, and C Summer of 2012 – Buildings D, E, and F Summer of 2013 – Buildings G, H, and I Summer of 2014 – Buildings J and K HERRING CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING Following the completion of the design and permit phase this summer, construction began on the new facility in mid-September. As part of the review phase by the University, it was decided to add some additional technology upgrades in the main conference room. This will allow for this area to have state of the art presentation capabilities including video conferencing which can be scheduled and used by others on campus. The general program for the rest of the building has remained unchanged. HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE MASTER PLAN Planning of several projects identified in the Master Plan continues while a few construction projects have been recently completed. The following is a summary of these first few projects: Infirmary (Lower Level) Renovation To accommodate relocation of the Counseling Center and Disability Services to the Earle Infirmary, the lower level has been reconfigured. As a side benefit, this relocation has opened up some needed space in the Administration Building for other uses. Construction in the Infirmary was completed in time for the students’ return in August and the facility is currently in use. Bookstore Renovation Since late April, the old bookstore has been relocated, the existing space completely renovated, and bookstore moved back into the new space for operations. The new bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble includes two new entry points, new aesthetics, some new exterior hardscape, addition of a Starbucks Café and a new convenience store. In addition, some infrastructure work was completed in preparation for renovations in other parts of the University Center in the near future. The bookstore reopened on August 8th. Library Café The possibility of adding a café within the Library is currently being studied. The café will be operated by Furman’s food service provider, Aramark and will likely be the Einsteins Bagel franchise currently located in the lobby of the Dining Hall. The design study is being conducted by LS3P Neal Prince Architects (who were the designers of the Library renovation) and several location options have been identified. Work will likely be conducted over the summer of 2012. University Center – Student Life Office and Student Organization Renovation A more detailed study is underway to complete a reconfiguration of the University Center. A donor has recently come forward with a significant gift that has shifted this project forward in terms of both scope and schedule. The preliminary scope includes a renovation of the office area and the student organization wing, an addition to house Career Planning, a renovation to the Paladen food court, and the development of the lower courtyard for programmed indoor/outdoor space. Part of the study will include a phasing plan which will outline the schedule of construction in these areas of the University Center. At this time, it is assumed that construction in these areas may begin in spring 2012 and extend through the summer. LS3P Neal Prince and HEWV are collaborating on the planning for this work. Housing Renovation - Planning Our staff continues to formulate a strategy for the renovation and construction of South Housing units per the HEWV Master Plan and our new student growth goals. Currently, it appears that the initial construction or renovation work will take place after the University Center work planned for the summer of 2012. This schedule would require detailed planning to start in mid-2012 with construction commencing in mid-2013. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES EXPANSION (Formerly Known as C&IS) The addition of three offices in an “alcove” of the southern wing of the Montague Village building is complete and occupied. PAC SOLAR PROJECT This project was completed in May and included the installation of a 92 KW system that will generate 118,000 KWH’s of electricity annually. REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS W.R. Grace Property - The 40.8 acre WR Grace tract was purchased by the Furman University Foundation on September 29. After years of negotiations with Grace, dealing with bankruptcy processes and environmental evaluations, the property is now owned by the Foundation. Plans are currently being developed to improve drainage, increase safety and improve security at the site. THEATER ARTS BUILDING Construction of the additional Playhouse building is complete and is now being used by the department. This 5,400 SF building includes a classroom/computer lab combination, restrooms and storage for props and costumes. TIMMONS ARENA – Herring VIP Room During the summer the Herring VIP Room was up fitted with new paint, carpet, and a new counter/serving space. The project also includes a wall covered with graphics of athletic events and new blinds which will have similar graphics. WELCOME CENTER The feasibility of a new Admissions Welcome Center is currently being studied with the assistance of Hanbury Evans Architects. The new Welcome Center will include a large lobby where prospective students/parents can gather to learn about the Furman experience; a presentation room with a seating capacity of 125 guests; and offices for Admission counselors that are integrally involved with the daily recruiting and campus tour process. The existing Welcome Center is a fabulous facility but lacks the size to accommodate the larger tour groups associated with today’s recruiting process. This project will also include minor renovations to the existing space to improve the functionality and to better accommodate the flow of prospective students and parents as they meet with counselors in Admissions and Financial Aid. Site building options for the new Welcome Center include an addition to the Administration Building and a stand-alone facility located just north of the existing building. This is a strategically important project to meet the long term enrollment goals of the University. A project budget has not been set and fundraising efforts have not been initiated.
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