Regents Approve Architectural, Engineering, Construction Management Services to Build New Residence Hall

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 14, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved contracting for architectural, engineering and construction management services to build a new residence hall at the corner of Broadway and Henderson streets.

The plan to build a new residence hall comes in response to a report University President Kenneth W. Dobbins presented to the Board in June. The report projected continued enrollment growth at the University that will create the need for additional residence hall space on campus by fall 2009.

The University distributed a request Nov. 29 for a statement of intent and conceptual design presentation for a residence hall similar to Vandiver Hall, Southeast’s newest residence hall which opened in fall 2002 on the east side of Henderson Street, north of Broadway. Interested firms are expected to present proposals to the University on Dec. 18, said Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management. The architectural and engineering firm will be selected immediately after the presentations are completed. The selected firm will begin with group discussions on the design later this month, he said.

A request for construction management proposals will go out after the selection of the architectural and engineering firm, Holt said. The construction management firm will be selected in mid-January, he said.

Final design of the residence hall will be presented at the next Board of Regents meeting, Holt said, so some site preparation can be done next spring, with construction to begin next summer. Holt says the new residence hall is expected to be ready for student occupancy by July 2009.

He says the University explored two options for additional housing on campus before pursuing the new residence hall option at Broadway and Henderson. The first was to construct a new residence hall, similar to Vandiver Hall, between Vandiver and Houck Field House on the site currently occupied by KRCU Radio. The second was to construct a Greek Village north of the Aquatic Center, adjoining the Shivelbine and Greystone properties. Descriptions of these options and a statistical overview of the current residence hall construction in the United States, were presented to the Board Aug. 20. The Board asked the University administration to conduct a feasibility study of the two options and return with a recommendation at its December meeting.

The University engaged Treanor Architects to assist with the evaluation, including evaluations of the two locations, the programs and construction costs. Treanor has estimated the cost of a new residence hall at Broadway and Henderson streets at $20.5 million, excluding construction management costs, Holt said. The projected cost is similar to the cost of construction of Vandiver Hall in 2001 adjusted for inflation and construction costs over the last four years, he said.

Treanor estimates the cost of a Greek Village at about $20.4 million. Although estimated costs of initial construction for the two options are roughly equivalent, long-term capital renewal costs of the Greek Village, which would have frame and brick construction and no central HVAC systems, would be higher, Holt said. Additionally, he said estimates indicate operating costs would be 25 percent higher than the traditional housing option.

Holt says the University anticipates issuing bonds to finance this project and possibly other deferred improvements to the housing system. Annual revenues from housing contracts, meal plan commission and other residence hall revenues will be used to meet annual debt service. Any additional debt service for deferred improvements would be paid from annual maintenance and repair allowances and other revenue of the housing system, Holt said. He added that bonds will not be issued without the Board’s approval.