BICENTENNIAL STUDENT CENTER LOOKS FORWARD
with VISION INTACT, COST REDUCED
Student Center will be Cornerstone for Undergraduate “Miami Experience” in Miami’s Third Century
Edited for e-Report use
OXFORD, Ohio (October 29, 2009) – A reinvigorated concept for Miami University’s planned Bicentennial Student Center (BSC) is directed at reducing estimated building costs by as much as 35 percent. The plan, announced by Robert Keller, university architect, and David Creamer, vice president of finance and business services, maintains the state-of-the-art elements and strategic goals of the original concept while offering additional benefits.
Through providing the spaces and resources required by 21st-century students, the BSC will ensure the continuation of the ‘Miami Experience,’ by enabling experiences that go beyond the classroom to shape the identities of Miami students and prepare them for life.
The initial design concept was based upon the deconstruction of Gaskill, Rowan and Culler Halls to clear the centrally located site needed for a new, three-story structure of approximately 205,000 gross square feet. The site, along Spring Street and across from the Shriver Center, is essential to the building’s function as a crossroads of student life and place of campus community.
With challenging economic conditions, the original plan was re-evaluated. The refined proposal provides approximately 200,000 gross square feet, and makes use of a combination of new and renovated structures, while reducing the cost to approximately $77.7 million. This design solution also provides many advantages over the initial concepts:
- It provides an opportunity to create a student center that combines new architecture with existing architecture, symbolically linking Miami’s past to its future.
- It preserves and provides new purpose to the existing Culler, Gaskill, and Rowan Hall structures at a significantly lower cost than deconstructing these buildings.
- Repurposing existing buildings greatly enhances project sustainability and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification goals.
- It allows the project to be completed in phases, which spread the costs over a period of time.
Phase One of the project involves the renovation of Gaskill and Rowan Halls and the construction of the new building structure in the expansive space currently separating Culler, Gaskill and Rowan. It is estimated to be completed by fall 2013. Phase Two, scheduled for completion in summer 2015, involves the renovation of Kreger Hall as the new home for the physics department and the subsequent renovation of Culler Hall as the final element of the Bicentennial Student Center.
The university is still reviewing other facets of the project and will provide additional updates as they become available. Check back here for the latest information.