Master Plan takes step toward completion
Construction crews completed some of the major construction projects included in the Campus Master Plan while most students were on summer break, including the new Student One-Stop Center and Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex.
The buildings were some of the many projects first slated by the Campus Master Plan, which was devised as a “10-year vision for the physical development of the university” that was devised originally devised in 2005.
“The master plan lays the groundwork for a rich physical environment that, along with excellent instruction, research, and public service programs, will draw students and community members to the campus,” according to the university’s website. “In keeping with UALR’s mission as a metropolitan university, the master plan forges clear connections with the surrounding community, strengthening the University’s role as a cultural and economic resource to the region.”
The Recreation and Sports Complex, which features facilities for intramural and intercollegiate activities such as track and field and soccer, was completed in time to meet its updated September 2012 deadline (according to the website). Construction of the complex began in January 2011 on the site of the former Coleman Dairy south of Asher Avenue. Despite major delays and problems with the general contractor, the project was completed on time and on budget.
The complex was a low-bid project, which David Millay, associate vice chancellor of Facilities Management, said might explain some of the hardships its construction faced.
The building has met substantial completion and the first sporting event in the complex was a Trojan soccer game that took place Sunday, although there are some minor irrigation and drainage projects to finish. “This $5 million project is funded by a $30 million bond issue recommended by the UALR Board of Visitors and approved by UA Trustees in October 2009,” according to the UALR website.
Construction is also complete on a new restaurant-style eatery on campus, which Millay said was “a pretty clean project.” “The Trojan Grill will serve as a convenient culinary option for university residents,” according to the university’s website. The grill, which is intended to compliment UALR’s Diamond Cafeteria, is located between South Hall and the new Student One-Stop Center. According to the website, the construction project began during the Fall 2011 academic semester and was slated for completion in April 2012.
Another recent addition to the UALR campus is the modern, four-story Student One-Stop Center. The building met substantial completion May 4 after surpassing its originally scheduled completion date by 12 weeks due to repairs on the air conditioning system. It is located north of the Donaghey Student Center, to which it is conjoined by a glass skybridge. The SOSC now houses the offices of Administration, Admissions & Financial Aid, Records & Registration, Student Accounts and Cashiers Office, University College, Private Scholarships, Disability Services, Veteran Affairs, and Transfer Services. The structure also features a 205-seat auditorium.
Construction on the structure began during the Spring 2011 academic semester on the former site of the university’s Parking Lot 1.
“There is very little space for growth,” Millay said.
The Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences was finally finished June 18, complete with 3rd floor facilities and a rooftop greenhouse, which had to be specially ordered.