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selmo.july2014

Engineering Firm Presents Selmo Park Assessment to UCM Board

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 22, 2014) – Following work that began nearly four months ago, representatives of Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc., Kansas City,  met with the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors Monday, July 21 to present a comprehensive structural assessment of  Selmo Park.

Built in 1866, Selmo Park has served as the official residence of the university president. Burns & McDonnell was contacted by the university in early April to review all aspects of the facility, including the residence, garage, gazebo, driveway and grounds.  While the assessment was in progress, the Warrensburg area was hit by severe spring storms, which resulted in flooding in the basement area of the main facility. A sewer backup also occurred in the basement area, which along with heavy rainfall, prompted concerns about environmental conditions elsewhere in the structure.

Due to the intrusion of moisture and resulting mold, UCM President Charles Ambrose and his family temporarily moved into university-owned housing at the Greenwood Park complex in April. Recognizing the situation and need, the UCM Foundation subsequently purchased property in Warrensburg in May, which is being leased by the university, for the purpose of providing a residence for the president’s family.

An in-depth study of Selmo Park was conducted in 1999. Although several of the 1999 recommendations were completed, other needs were not addressed due to lack of funding. The recent assessments conducted by Burns & McDonnell will help the board determine the costs associated with repairing the residence and other buildings on the grounds for university use.

 Based on the assessment that was presented to the board, here is a list of repairs Burns & McDonnell is recommending for Selmo Park:

  • Tuck-point exterior of main structure, 7,500 square feet
  • Repair basement foundation, which includes excavation
  • Replace sanitary sewer
  • Improve exterior subsurface drainage
  • Driveway repairs such as milling and patching disintegrating pavement
  • Garage repairs, including dry-rotted trim, roof and gutter repairs, and painting
  • Gazebo repairs such as repainting and repairing dry-rotted trim
  • Site grading to promote better drainage away from structures
  • Irrigation repairs around the house and controller
  • Landscaping, including design and installation
  • Subsurface drainage improvements allowing for rock excavation and labor intensive installation around interior of foundation
  • Backwater valves installation at sanitary sewer to prohibit reverse flow of sewage into basement through drains
  • Remediation, demolition, and reconstruction/restoration of the interior of the house
  • Additional downspouts to improve exterior drainage

Board President Marvin “Bunky” Wright, Columbia, said the board will meet in August to continue its discussion about future actions the university will take regarding Selmo Park.