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University Council Meeting Minutes: September 2, 2014
Mike Reid, vice president for Administration and Finance, and Kevin Krebsbach, associate director of Facilities Services, presented a progress report on UM building projects. Reid said Krebsbach’s team is responsible for all building projects – a team that includes Rosi Keller and Hugh Jesse. Much of Krebsbach’s presentation consisted of photographs of the various campus building projects:
Eloise Cobell Land and Culture Institute. This is on the lower level of the Payne Family Native American Center. The center includes computer/GIS labs and the “round room,” which Krebsbach said is like an echo chamber and may be used as a planetarium in the future. It will be dedicated in October 2014.
Curry Health Center. This remodel, which is complete, includes an improved dental suite.
Interdisciplinary Science Building. Krebsbach showed images of the ongoing interior remodel of what he called “a beautiful research building.” The second and fourth floors were outfitted with new research areas, leaving only one floor in the building unfinished and available for future growth. Krebsbach said the teaching spaces in the basement are being used heavily. Remodeled spaces include an undergraduate biology lab that is fully accessible to students with disabilities.
Blackstone Launchpad space, on the second floor of the University Center. The space opened in spring semester, and aims to help UM students and alumni move their ideas to the private sector marketplace.
Technology Modular Units. Located next to the heating plant, these are intended to ensure reliable and expansive computing at UM.
Student-Athlete Academic Center, which will be attached to the Adams Center and provide an improved entrance to that facility. UM Director of Athletics Kent Haslam said the space will house tutors, academic services, a study hall and more. Haslam said the current academic center is housed in a poorly suited space “down near the locker rooms.” The center is slated to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
Gilkey Executive Education Building. Construction has begun on this building, which is just west of the Gallagher Business Building.
Missoula College. Dean Barry Good talked about how Krebsbach promised, “We are going to build you a magnificent building, and now it’s happening.” He said the new building will include the culinary program. There will be a dining facility near the river, as well as a bakery. The building will offer excellent space for programs such as applied computing and electronics, and health professions. “I’m excited,” Good said. “We’ve waited a long time for it.” MC heavy equipment students likely will help with preparatory ground work for the new building. Good also mentioned that plans are progressing for improvements to Missoula College’s West Campus near Fort Missoula. He spoke of an enhanced advanced manufacturing program. Krebsbach said 3,900 loads of dirt will be removed from the MC building site. Students and faculty should be in the building by fall 2017, Krebsbach said.
UM softball complex. Located on South Avenue in Missoula, the complex will include a batting facility and synthetic grass on the field.
In response to questions, Director of Residence Life Sandy Schoonover said several upgrades are planned for UM residence halls during the next five years. Duniway Hall will be improved with common areas, social and study lounges, and laundry facilities. In addition, the 11th floor of Jesse Hall may be converted to a high-tech study lounge and apartments. Schoonover said the top floor of Aber Hall offers some of the best views in Missoula, and that level may be converted to a demonstration kitchen where that space may become available to rent out.
Krebsbach mentioned that the steps on the Fine Arts Building are being refurbished using state maintenance money.
Bill Johnston, director of the Office of Alumni Relations, said his office is launching an Oval tree project during Homecoming. The plan will be funded by people purchasing the rights to name the trees.
UM Police Chief Marty Ludemann said the Office of Public Safety has been renamed. It is now the UM Police Department.