Minor projects accent Campus Master Plan
A number of campus construction projects are on the verge of completion while others are being proposed for the future, according to Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management David Millay.
Millay has overseen the bulk of recent construction and renovation projects. He played a large role in creating the Campus Master Plan, a 10-year project originally conceived by Chancellor Joel Anderson in 2005. Millay also serves as chair of the Coleman Creek Committee, a group of handpicked city, university and nonprofit associates hired to oversee clean-up and development of the Coleman Creek Greenway.
The Greenway is a scenic route providing space for recreation and non-motor transportation. Upon completion, it will connect UALR with War Memorial Park and the Fourche Wetlands, which are both located in the Little Rock metropolitan area. The second phase of the project was completed earlier this year and construction will soon take place on the third portion of the trail, which stretches from 28th St. to West 20th St. Once finished, this will bring progress to the halfway mark.
“The Greenway Committee continues to meet every other Tuesday,” Millay said. “We have also had several recent discussions with various potential donors about construction of the Alumni Park Amphitheater.”
In addition to ongoing Greenway construction, other areas of campus have experienced forms of renovation. The Facilities Management building, located south of the tennis courts beside the Donaghey Student Center, has also undergone essential improvements for protection from weather damage.
“[It] is wrapping up as the weather allows,” Millay said. “The work involved a minimal amount of weather proofing to seal roof and wall leaks that had grown critical and to repair a section of the second story wall where the brickwork was beginning to fail.”
Another endeavor concerns restoring campus signage, most of which has become outdated or inaccurate due to age and continual expansion. While these changes have yet to take place, there are plans for finding both temporary and permanent solutions.
“A campus signage committee has recently completed an audit of the campus way-finding system and has begun a ‘triage’ process,” Millay said. “In the longer term, a way-finding consultant will likely be engaged to make recommendations for more permanent changes.”
These projects deviate from other facets of the campus master plan, an expansion process initiated by Anderson in 2005. Recently completed projects include the Student Services Center, Trojan Grill eatery, West Hall dormitories and University Village apartments. The process also calls for six new parking decks, which will create 5500 new spaces for students, visitors and faculty by 2015.
“All [buildings] have met or are on schedule except the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex, which was delayed due to construction problems,” Millay said.