Campus construction roundup: See stories of budgets behind new buildings

Campus construction roundup: See stories of budgets behind new buildings

Hardhats were not an uncommon sight amid the bustle of activity on college and university campuses this year. But there’s no such thing as a standard journey from building vision to completion.

Take a look at funding and budgeting snapshots of seven campus construction projects completed between last summer and this summer.

Westminster College

Building Stats

Westminster on the Draw at Westminster College (Utah), an apartment building (66,826 square feet) and academic building (14,890 square feet) located a five-minute walk from campus and completed in August 2012

Building Features

Furnished apartments housing three to five upperclassmen; tenants sign 11-month contracts that include utilities coordinated through the Residence Life Office

Project Team

Design and construction management: Woodbury Properties (Salt Lake City)

Initial Budget and Funding

$14 million budgeted for apartments; financed by a developer, who partnered with the college on a 26-year lease covering more than 90 percent of the facility

Final Budget and Influences

About $14.4 million, with site challenges including adjacent buildings and a walkable bike path next to the site, as well as being on a main road

 

Baldwin Wallace University

Building Stats

The R. Amelia Harding House for Sustainable Living at Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio), a 14,140-square-foot residence hall, built to LEED certification standards; renovation of a single-family building and a connected nursing home; completed in August 2012

Building Features

Rooms for about 50 green-minded students; rooftop deck and partially vegetative roof and solar array; third-floor meeting space for outside community members

Project Team

Design: Doty & Miller Architects (Bedford, Ohio)

Construction management: CPK Companies (Northfield, Ohio)

Initial Budget and Funding

$2.2 million budgeted, with $1 million coming from the Harding Family Charitable Trust and $1 million of university funds (the rest was provided by donors, including the city of Berea)

Final Budget and Influences

$2.2 million, with the construction manager and trade foremen reviewing prints so the university could standardize materials used and installation procedures; buildings and grounds and construction management departments worked with outside trades to ensure the project moves ahead on time and on budget

 

Connecticut College

Building Stats

Science Center, located at New London Hall at Connecticut College, completed in August 2012, with 20,884 net square feet of renovated space and 6,301 net square feet of addition

Building Features

Classrooms, labs, social spaces, and the departments of biology, botany, and computer science

Project Team

Design: Payette (Boston)

Construction management: KBE Building Corp. (Farmington, Conn.)

Initial Budget and Funding

$25.3 million budgeted, with $19.8 million in gifts and the rest in debt financing

Final Budget and Influences

$24.6 million, under budget due to a reasonable schedule being established; contingency funds built in that were carefully managed; and a sense of partnership among architects, engineers, the construction manager, subcontractors, physical plant staff, and end users of the building

 

Colgate University

Building Stats

Lathrop Hall at Colgate University (N.Y.), a 50,000-square-foot academic building with 36,000 square feet newly remodeled as of January 2013 and on track for LEED Silver certification

Building Features

Teaching and meeting spaces for students and three university departments; during renovation, workers uncovered long-hidden historic architectural features, which happened to include sustainable features, such as skylights

Project Team

Design: Tai Soo Kim Partners Architects (Hartford, Conn.)

Construction management: Hayner Hoyt Corp. (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Initial Budget and Funding

$9.4 million budgeted, funded by the university as part of the capital construction and renovation budget

Final Budget and Influences

$9.4 million, achieved through allowing for sufficient programming and development time, and having a building committee of engaged end users helping to oversee planning and construction

 

Hamilton College

Building Stats

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College (N.Y.), a 30,537-square-foot teaching museum promoting interdisciplinary research and the cross-fertilization of concepts vital to a liberal arts education, completed in October 2012

Building Features

A variety of spaces for engagement, from open archives to flexible gallery space; two seminar rooms and a smart classroom

Project Team

Design: Machado and Silvetti Associates (Boston)

Construction management: Bette Cring (Watertown, N.Y.)

Initial Budget and Funding

$16.8 million budgeted, funded in full by donors, including Wendy and Keith Wellin’s lead $10 million gift and significant gifts from 10 other families

Final Budget and Influences

$16.7 million, made possible by the project team being proactive throughout construction to ensure all understood the impact of decisions; costs also reduced by decreasing building footprint to adjust for better interior traffic flow

 

University of North Florida

Building Stats

Student Wellness Complex at the University of North Florida, a 76,500-square-foot fitness and recreation center designed to LEED Silver standards, completed in June 2012

Building Features

Climbing wall in the entry area, indoor and outdoor fitness spaces, a track, a fitness and nutrition center, locker rooms, offices, and a juice bar (phase II of construction will add three-court gym and physical education teaching areas)

Project Team

Design: Dewberry Architects (Fairfax, Va.) and Borelli & Partners (Orlando, Fla.)

Construction management: Mills-Gilbane (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Initial Budget and Funding

Approximately $19 million budgeted from an available $19.5 million; funded through student fees via the Capital Improvement Trust Fund and bond financing

Final Budget and Influences

$18 million; common goal of frugal and conscientious fiscal management was set and carried throughout the project

 

University of Dayton

Building Stats

The Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) at the University of Dayton (Ohio), a 50,000-square-foot office building and 88,000-square-foot electrical power laboratory located on 8 acres of campus (grand opening took place in December 2013)

Building Features

Research labs (with flexible floor plans) for university and GE scientists and engineers to develop and deploy computer modeling, simulation, and analysis of electric power systems design and controls for aircraft; equipment and layout selected with input from GE customers, including the U.S. Air Force, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin

Project Team

Design: Hastings + Chivetta (St. Louis, Mo.)

Construction management: Shook-RJE (Dayton, Ohio)

Initial Budget and Funding

$51 million budgeted; funded by GE, PNC Bank, the state of Ohio, the city of Dayton, and Montgomery County (including $1.2 million in city and county economic development grants, a $7.6 million Ohio Third Frontier capital grant, with new market tax credit financing as well)

Final Budget and Influences

$51 million; designing lab space in 3D and performing operational reviews reduced late design changes and helped keep project cost under control


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