Please find below an all-campus email sent from Craig Morris, our
Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Hear Craig Morris' JPR interview about campus construction: bit.ly/1ptWURl
Read news about campus construction in the Mail Tribune: http://bit.ly/1xGm40E
"I was interviewed today on Jefferson Exchange
on the subject of construction projects. Some of you may have read the recent article in the Medford Mail Tribune
on the same subject. These are "good news" messages both to us and the community. We should celebrate that the state is investing in us!
Here's a recap of what's going on:
This is a $21M state paid, deferred maintenance project that has been needed for a very long time. With the support, cooperation, and hard work of the science faculty and staff, as well as the facilities staff, we moved everyone to Cascade for the duration of the 14 month construction project. Being able to vacate the entire building allows for a faster construction time line (14 months) and saves money that goes back into the project. Many thanks to the faculty and staff who have worked so hard and been so inconvenienced.
McNeil/Student Recreation Center
McNeil is another $21M deferred maintenance project. It is being combined with the student recreation center project for a total project of approximately $40M. The deferred maintenance portion is paid by the state and the recreation center portion is paid by student fees. The project also includes the installation of artificial turf in the stadium, a new running track, and a new womens softball field house.
Another long-needed project is the Theatre project at $11M, again all paid for by the state. We will start the design phase in the Fall. The plan is to have an architect hired by the holidays and serious design work done during Winter and Spring terms. Construction could start the following summer.
We are remodeling the second floor Britt Ballroom to house our newly formed service center. Funding comes from our state funded capital repair and renewal fund. The cost of the project is $380K.
As I mentioned, these projects are something that we can all feel good about. There is also a good news message to be shared with our friends, neighbors, and family. Let's get the word out that good things are happening on at SOU!
Craig"Fixing Up The Old Alma Mater
It's still a struggle for state universities to get the money to run all their programs. Getting money for construction is another matter. Southern Oregon Read more: http://www.facebook.com/sou.edu