Regents Approve Final Schematic Design, Design Development Construction Documents for River Campus



Nov. 13, 2003 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the final schematic design for the River Campus and directed the University to proceed with design development and construction documents for the project.

Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management, said the Board approved a revised conceptual design for the River Campus last December. The schematic design was initiated shortly thereafter and was completed recently by Jacobs Facilities, Inc., Holt said.

The schematic design reflects all the essential elements of the project previously discussed for the River Campus, while, at the same time, allowing for significant cost savings. Holt says cost savings will be realized by using space more efficiently, using existing space on the main campus for museum storage and retaining the ceramic and sculpture studios on the main campus.

Holt highlighted notable changes which have been made from the conceptual plan, which reduce the overall costs of the project. He said the historic seminary chapel will be converted into a 200-seat recital hall, reducing the overall cost of construction. The Student Art Gallery will be moved to a location adjacent to the recital hall, which will improve public access to student art shows.

The ceramics and sculpture studios currently on the main campus will be retained there, and art studios on the ground floor of new construction on the River Campus will be consolidated, thus reducing net costs by eliminating the need for a separate art wing, he said. In addition, two dance/theatre practice studios will be consolidated into a single shared use facility, he said, and storage for the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will be moved to the main campus, thus eliminating the need for the construction of basement storage under the museum on the River Campus.

Holt added that service needs to art and theatre will be accommodated without the originally planned service drive along the southern edge of the campus.

“These changes, along with a number of value engineering solutions, result in cost savings sufficient to almost offset the inflation impacts of the delays from litigation and still assure high quality performance and museum spaces,” he said.

Proceeding with design development and construction documents is the next step in the design process, he said. Jacobs Facilities estimates it will take about 12 to 13 months to complete these remaining stages of design before the primary construction contracts are put out for bid. The River Campus project is expected to be completed in late fall 2006 or early 2007.