Campus Wide Forum
On June 1 from 2 - 4 pm in the Broun
Hall Auditorium the A&P Assembly, University Senate and the Staff Council
held an open campus-wide forum on issues of interest. Guest speakers presented
information on Summer Campus Construction, Campus Planning & Space Management,
and Parking. Following each presentation, attendees had the opportunities to
ask questions. Internal Auditing's anonymous reporting system was also on the
agenda but because of time constraints, that information will be shared another
Summer Campus Construction
This report on Infrastructure Projects was prepared by Buster Reese and Mike
Bumgardner and presented by Jenny Swaim: There are 195 current projects and
Jenny reviewed the 15 projects taking place now:
|1. Science Lab Center
2. Hot and cold water piping
3. Parking deck repairs
4. Transportation Technology Center
5. Building Science facility
6. Ross Hall renovation
7. Chilled water plant security
8. District energy plant
9. Electricity sub-station upgrades
10. W. Thach water piping
11. Pedestrian campus
12. Coliseum parking lot
13. New stop light - Lem Morrison &Donahue
14. CDV demolition
15. Pharmacy Building
These projects will be progressing
throughout the summer. Watch for announcements in AU Daily and AU
Report and view updated information (including road closings) on their
web site at http://www.auburn.edu/administration/facilities/construction/
Future projects include a new parking
deck to be built in the old Coliseum area. Including the closing of Haley A
and B zone parking lots and the old Coliseum area, planners anticipate a net
gain of over 100 parking spaces with the completion of the new deck.
Presented by Tom Tillman:. Facilities Division has been reorganized and Campus
Planning/Space Management and Design and Construction are now separate divisions.
The progressive concept of planning, design, construction, and occupancy was
outlined in general terms and the campus core projects were reviewed.
Campus and facility planning hasn’t
been a priority at AU in the past. It has become a focus now as guided by recommendations
from world-class professional consultants. Campus planning will be integrated
with other AU strategic planning and it will reflect land conservation and environmental
Presented by Greg Parsons:
Greg reviewed how space is being managed with emphasis on classroom space.
Parking and Traffic
Presented by Cathy Love: Two studies of the campus parking situation have been
conducted in the past 5 years (Sasaki Associates 2002, Wells 2003). There is
no master plan for parking at present but each study offered various suggestions
for improvement. The first recommended six new parking decks and the second
two. The new parking deck mentioned above will be off Duncan Drive principally
feeding in from the south, but most of the traffic is coming from the northeast.
No recent study of the numbers of vehicle registrants by buildings (parking
population by buildings) has been done, but there is a shortage of 700 parking
spaces in the northeast corner of campus. Steps are being taken to work with
the city and individual land owners to improve the congestion in that area.
A city parking garage on Wright St. is being discussed.
Auburn University is a pedestrian
campus and employees are urged to seek alternatives to driving a car on campus
and parking. Currently 10% of the campus population are biker riders and the
goal is to increase that to 30%. Walking, carpooling and the use of campus transit
Follow Up Issues
- Deferred Maintenance – determining
priority of projects
- Campus Planning – willing
to come back to address specific projects
- Traffic improvements needed –
contact your city counsel representation urging the city to improve traffic
at Magnolia and Donahue
- Contractors are not allowed to
park in A and B zones. This has not been enforced around the Pharmacy construction
but Facilities will be monitoring that more closely.
- A study of where people work is
needed to develop a parking master plan
- Further discussion on the possibility
of assigned parking places for employees is requested.
- The Facilities Division welcomes
your feedback and is actively attempting to improve feedback at all levels.