PLANNING & DESIGN PROJECTS
FY14 #4 – Classroom, Teaching Laboratory and Learning Space Improvements (FY13 #5):
UMass-Dartmouth recently borrowed $5M through UMBA to kick start this program. A task force is in the process of reviewing all learning spaces and will provide recommendations on priority projects with the focus being on renewing spaces through new furnishings, carpet and technology. Two projects that were ready to proceed in Summer of 2013 were the replacement of seating in the upper level of the auditorium and the replacement of fixed seating and tables in the large library lecture halls. These types of projects will make an immediate gain in the student learning experience and classroom renovations will result in better, more efficient classroom utilization.
FY14 #8 – SMAST / DMF Expansion (FY13 #4):
The planning study administered by the DCAMM progressed through FY13 looking at various options on how to proceed in the most economical direction within a $45M budget that maximized the growth potentials for the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) and included space for the Division of Marine Fisheries. The vision of creating a campus on Clark’s Cove in New Bedford to provide a nexus for marine science education, research, economic development and engagement will be realized with the construction of a new “SMAST II” facility and a limited building systems replacement to the existing SMAST I. The project looks to complete the study phase in early FY2014 and move into design and construction.
FY14 #16 – Charlton College of Business, Phase II (FY13 #16):
Working with UMBA a feasibility study will be undertaken in FY14 to verify the projected cost and the spatial program. The Charlton College of Business expansion will address deficiencies with the recently completed facility which houses only offices and some meeting space. To complete the project, we will need to integrate academic space -- in particular case study classrooms, a trading floor classroom, and auditoria. This will be accomplished by building a 22,000 square foot addition to the current Charlton College of Business.
FY14 #22 – Residence Halls – Wireless Network Installation:
The residential wireless project would provide full coverage and allow access for any equipped device. This is an important infrastructure amenity that today’s residential student expects as common as electrical power and access to cable television.