Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects to the Board today. She says the University has stepped back and not entered into any new contracts in recent weeks as it continues to evaluate the financial impacts of COVID-19.
Projects that had begun prior to the pandemic, however, are continuing. Work on tunnels 51-55 near Group Housing is on schedule and set to be completed in August. The University received an approximate $500,000 appropriation from the state for this project, which covers about a third of the total cost.
Replacement of the chiller and boiler for the Facilities Management Service Center and the Mail Room are in progress. The existing chiller and boiler have been removed, and new equipment has been set.
Mangels provided an update on new digital video boards being installed at the Southeast Softball Complex and Houck Field. The video board at the Softball Complex is substantially complete. Houck Field’s previous scoreboard has been removed, and the new digital video scoreboard has been installed. Electrical and fiber work are now in progress.
Interior renovations at the University School for Young Children at 3037 Lexington Avenue are complete, she said.
Replacement of a 5KVA feeder line between Academic Hall and Grauel Building is nearly complete and final testing is now underway.
Two major projects at the Towers Complex have been bid. A contract and notice to proceed has been issued for a fire alarm upgrade at Towers East. The project begins this month and is expected to be complete in August. Mangels said work has begun to upgrade elevators in Towers West and North. Phase I is expected to be complete Aug. 1 with Phase II slated for completion by Dec. 1.
Work on the new Veterans Plaza is nearly complete and the memorial is expected to be dedicated in September during the University’s Family Weekend. The Veterans Plaza is located along Academic Drive between Academic Hall and Memorial Hall. The plaza features commemorative engraved bricks that honor the military service of alumni, friends, family members and others. The U.S. flag, POW/MIA flag and the Missouri state flag also are displayed at the plaza.