Construction Update

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Many renovations of campus buildings are underway or were recently completed. Here is a brief update on recent and current projects.

Cope Administration Building. The renovation project inside Cope is now substantially complete. The renovation addresses the need for adequate administrative space following the move of Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, and the Bursar’s Office into the new Student Services and Admissions Center. The scope of the renovation included the relocation of the President’s Office from the first floor to the second floor and the Provost’s Office moving into the vacated space. The Business Office was relocated to both sides of the first floor, and improvements were made to restrooms, lighting, signage, and the building’s infrastructure. The relocation of Financial Aid will allow the Information Technology Division offices to expand on the second floor of Cope.

Davis Science and Wiser-Patten Science. The project-design documents are complete, and construction is expected to begin this month. Completion is planned by fall 2016. A connector between the two buildings will create a new central entrance for both and will provide ADA accessibility within both buildings. Programs benefiting most from this renovation include Geosciences, Physics, Anthropology, and Forensic Science.

Murphy Center has had extensive renovations to its restrooms, lighting, and acoustics, and it has a new roof and HVAC replacement equipment. The $12.64 million project is substantially complete.

McFarland Building Renovation. The building has been renovated to accommodate the relocation of the Photography Department from the existing Photography Building. The project is substantially complete and occupancy is planned for early spring 2015. The existing Photography Building is planned for demolition in spring 2015, allowing an open green space between Davis Science and Bragg Mass Communication.

Bell Street Center Renovation. A notice to proceed with construction on this project is expected within the next month, and completion is planned by early 2016. Occupants will include graduate business studies for Jennings A. Jones College of Business, University College, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, and the brand-new Center for Chinese Music and Culture. In addition, there will be lighting improvements in the garage and new lighting in the surface parking lots as well as new fencing around the green space.

Flight Simulator Building. This project is designed to house new and existing flight simulators for the Aerospace Department. Construction is anticipated in early spring and is planned for completion by early 2016. The facility will be located at Murfreesboro Airport.

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