Board of Governors Proceeds with Planning for Mixed-Use and Stadium Projects
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 28, 2012) – Action taken by the Board of Governors Aug. 23 allows the University of Central Missouri to begin initial work associated with improvements at Audrey J. Walton Stadium, relocation of the General Services Building, and the creation of a new mixed-use student housing/retail project.
The board authorized expenditure of $489,161, plus $25,000 in reimbursable expenses to the engineering, architectural firm, Gould Evans. This covers completion by the end of December 2012 various site studies, a mixed-use housing market feasibility study, programming, schematic design and request for proposals for the General Services Building relocation and lower-level stadium build-out.
Action followed the board’s decision in June to proceed with the projects incrementally by using the “Design Build” project delivery method. Gould Evans was approved at that time to serve as the bridging designer and owner’s representative. The expenditure approved by the board this month is a portion of approximately $1.6 million in fees that will be paid in total to the bridging designer for services provided during the duration of the projects.
Other action items included the annual renewal of software, support, maintenance, and hosted services for the Blackboard suite of products at a cost of $301.916 for the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The predominant use of Blackboard has been in support of both traditional classroom instruction and online instruction, but as the Blackboard suite of applications has expanded, the dependency on has grown. On the average, more than 6,500 unique students and faculty members make a connection to Blackboard on a daily basis.
The board approved the renewal of the annual software maintenance and support contract for Banner software modules at a cost of $422,225 through June 30, 2013. The Banner enterprise suite of applications is utilized across the university environment to conduct much of the institution’s business. UCM relies on maintenance and support of the contract to stay compliant with state and federal guidelines such as the federal Department of Education’s guidelines for Stafford Loans and Pell Grants, which total $87 million annually in financial aid for UCM students, as well as state and federal guidelines applicable to payroll, and more. In 2003, UCM signed a contract with SungardHE for the procurement of Banner modules to process, execute, track and report campus data.
A $272,470 contract to Johnson Controls to upgrade the building automation system in the Elliott Union also was approved. This replaces an Andover BAS system that was installed over 20 years ago and is now obsolete and unserviceable. The Johnson Controls Metasys BAS will enable a seamless interface to the existing Johnson Controls components servicing the existing chiller and help provide comfortable temperatures year-round. Preliminary energy savings calculations are estimated at about $26,000 per year.
Also during the meeting, the board amended its bylaws to rename the Committee on Student and Alumni Affairs the Committee on Student Engagement and Advancement. In addition, it changed references to the “President’s Cabinet” to the “Strategic Leadership Team.”