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April 3, 2013

MSU presents wish list of campus improvements



The next step, he said, will be to present the proposals to MSU President Richard Davenport and his cabinet for feedback. As such, funding — which will differ from project to project, including revenue-based and capital bonding — and specific timelines have yet to be determined.

Among the proposals:

* a Clinical Sciences building, which would be added onto Ford Hall

* a building replacement of Carkoski

* a business school addition to Meyer Hall, called the Global Solutions Institute

* an addition and remodel of Armstrong Hall

* a parking deck adjacent to the Student Union and additional parking elsewhere, including at the Gage site and south of the free lot

* additional student housing

* additional academic buildings, including one adjacent to the Performing Arts Center

* a pedestrian walkway bridge across Stadium

* an underground connection between the union and the library

* a bicycle hub with sheltered bike racks

* a sports bubble

Wallace said Armstrong Hall was one of the biggest priorities brought up by the campus community, including the comfort/air quality, classroom density and flexibility of space.

“It’s kind of the work horse of the campus with all the classrooms in there,” Wallace said.

However, the project wouldn’t begin for awhile. “The completion of that wouldn’t happen for six-plus years just because of funding cycles,” she said.

Other needs voiced on campus were to make MSU more of a pedestrian campus, thereby improving safety and campus connectivity. Parking, improving academic spaces, accommodating growth, supporting bicyclists and improving energy efficiency also were included.

Wallace said aesthetic improvements are being looked at around the edges of campus, including adding benches and lighting and an atmosphere that signifies the perimeter of MSU — “making campus look like campus all the way around.”

Replacing Carkoski is one of the first projects in the works, Wallace said. Funding will be sought in 2015.

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