Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner Redevelopment
Auburn University Trustees approve Redevelopment for Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner; new graduate business education building and more
Auburn University’s Board of Trustees on Friday, Feb. 7 approved the following property and facilities projects:
The Board approved a plan to redevelop the Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner. The first of two phases of the plan will begin in the spring to replace contaminated soil, install new pavers, retain the 1917 brick gates, and construct a circular seat wall.
“This work is anticipated to be complete prior to the 2014 football season,” said Dan King, assistant vice president for facilities management.
Phase one will also include planting two trees at the iconic corner. “We will wait until next year before planting the trees. They will be root pruned this year to encourage the growth and health of the root balls for successful transplantation in 2015,” stated King.
Phase one is expected to cost $900,000. Phase two of the project will be completed at a later date and will include the installation of a curved, tree-lined walkway leading toward Samford Hall.
In January 2014, Holcombe Norton Partners of Birmingham completed the schematic design for the Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner Redevelopment Project.
The Board approved the construction of a new graduate business building for the Harbert College of Business and the authorization to select an architect for the project. Anticipated to cost more than $750,000, the building will provide space specifically designed for students enrolled in the College’s masters and doctoral degree programs. Building amenities will include dedicated lecture halls, classrooms, seminar rooms, computer labs, and video production space.
Kahn South, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, was selected as project architect for the Recycling and Service Support Facility. Approved by the Board of Trustees at its November 2013 meeting, the new building is anticipated to be constructed at the Facilities Management complex on West Samford Avenue. The recycling support functions currently operate in the existing Food Service warehouse near Lowder Hall. The Campus Master Plan allows for the demolition of the warehouse to create future expansion space for the Harbert College of Business.
The Board approved the addition of a Historic Planning Element for the Campus Master Plan. This element provides a listing of Auburn University’s historic facilities and spaces and provides a statement detailing Auburn’s commitment to historic preservation.
Walcott Adams Verneuille, Inc. of Fairhope, Alabama, was selected as project architect for the Aviation Education Facility. The facility was approved during the November 2013 Board of Trustees meeting and will support the University’s Aviation Management program. Currently, the flight education operation is located at the Auburn University Regional Airport in temporary facilities.
Garver Engineers, LLC, of Huntsville, Alabama, was selected by the Airport General Consultant Selection Committee as the Airport General Consultant for the Auburn University-owned Auburn-Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport. Garver Engineers will provide airport planning, engineering and administration services for the next five years.
Auburn University Facilities Management employs more than 450 staff who are responsible for the coordination of construction, maintenance, and infrastructure for the AU campus. In fiscal year 2013, Facilities Management completed 252 projects totaling $138 million dollars and executed 317 contracts totaling more than $36 million dollars. In addition, Facilities Management completed 35,918 maintenance work orders.
Last Updated: April 07, 2014