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Funding for Humphreys Building Improvements Authorized by Board

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 26, 2016) – In a meeting that included updates, discussion and action regarding campus improvement projects, the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors authorized spending up to $2.95 million, including a 15 percent contingency, on a renovation and environmental project in the Humphreys Building.

Action approved by the board enables the university to take advantage of the summer schedule to renovate office suites used by two academic departments in Humphreys, and conduct lead and asbestos remediation throughout the four-story building. The Humphreys Building was built in two different sections in 1915 and 1916 that were joined years later, and some asbestos-containing -materials (ACM) were used during the original construction process. Additionally, an area in the building’s basement was a former indoor shooting range, which was closed in 2011.

In recent weeks, there has been a parallel process that has included preparations to remodel some offices used by Safety Sciences and Criminal Justice faculty and staff, as well as environmental testing of the former shooting range and other areas throughout the building. Certified professionals have conducted air monitoring samples, bulk samples, and wipe samples in the building, and additional ongoing efforts are being made to collect and analyze these samples throughout the building to ensure safe levels are confirmed.

 The university will procure goods and services utilizing existing university on-call contracts or convenience contracts to address sampling and testing, lead-safe containment decontamination, cleaning of ductwork, asbestos removal, moving and relocation of building furnishings, and other procurement as needed. Efforts have been taken to minimize disruption to university services while work is underway over the next several weeks.

Other necessary procurements will include replacement of ceiling tiles, carpet and cove base, cleaning of ROTC uniforms and other miscellaneous fabric items, as well as items such as office chairs. These goods and services will be procured under the university’s standard operating procedures.

Firms working with the university on this project and the type of work to be provided are: Asbestos Consulting and Testing, which is testing and sampling and air monitoring; ServPro/Titan Environmental Services, providing lead-safe containment decontamination and HVAC cleaning; B&R Insulation, asbestos removal; Graebel Moving Company, moving/relocation services; and Staples Advantage, replacement of fabric chairs. Other vendors have not yet been determined.

While work is underway this summer, special cautions will be taken to ensure that asbestos fibers and lead dust will not be released outside the area of renovation into other areas of the building. As an added safety measure, during the week of May 23-28, the university began temporarily relocating faculty and staff members who occupy Humphreys to other campus buildings.

UCM plans to have all work in the Humphreys Building completed by Aug. 1m 2016. University reserve funds will be used to fund this project.

In other business, the board approved a $9,375,001 amendment to its Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contract with McCown Gordon Construction for certain renovations of the W.C. Morris Science Building, which will be completed by summer 2017. This is in addition to an amendment totaling $634,203 that was approved by the board in April 2016. Amendments I and II reflect a total GMP for the building of $10,009,204, and will cover a base bid and proposed alternates, which will be paid for through a combination of state funding for capital improvements, as well as institutional and department reserves.

In June 2015, Missouri legislators approved capital appropriations funding for the state’s higher education institutions made possible through the Building Affordability Initiative. As a result, UCM will receive $12.2 million in funding for renovations to the W.C. Morris Science Building. The funds will be used to improve classrooms, laboratories and offices. The university also will utilize departmental funds and institutional reserves totaling $469,473 to complete additional laboratory renovations and upgrades for restrooms.

Amendment I allows orders to be placed for laboratory case work and equipment with long lead times, thereby minimizing the risk of project delays. In addition to work included in the base bid, Amendment II covers

alternates to the project that include renovations to animal science Lab 112 and Lab Prep 112A; renovation of level three classrooms/offices to include enlarged classroom 317/318, remodeled office suite 319, and remodeled classroom 322; updated HVAC in Lab 414; and lab casework in rooms 110 and 230. All of these alternates will be funded with proceeds from state-issued bonds made available through Missouri’s Building Affordability Initiative. Men’s and women’s restroom improvements on levels one, two and four, will be funded with university reserves, and renovation to the Parasitology Lab 316 will be funded from department reserves.

If savings are obtained through value engineering, or project contingency funds remain available, additional alternates may be accomplished based on pre-established priority.

In discussion about residence hall improvements, the board approved a motion to establish a $150,000 contingency for the Fitzgerald Hall window replacement and brick repair project. From this contingency, the university will issue a $58,625 change order to increase by 3,500 square feet the area of veneer brick repairs. Action follows the board’s decision in February 2016 to award a $1,029,400 contract to Reasbeck Construction, Inc. to complete this residence hall improvement project.

A project contingency totaling $75,000 also was approved for the west side parking project. The board will issue a change order in the amount of $1,650 to address cisterns which have been uncovered during excavation. The west side parking project will provide additional student spaces west of The Crossing-South at Holden. In February, the board awarded a $1,494,011 bid to Westport Construction Company, Sedalia, to complete this work.