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■novatini ' Above: A construction worker helps to complete the renovation and addition to Conner Hall Conner is just one of numerous buildings undergoing extensive renovation and expansion. Philip LaMoreaux Student Life 243
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Construction, Construction, Construction... Story by Tina Hahn, Public Relations More than $65 million in state There is evidence, though, and private monies will be pumped that the Mississippi Legislature is tak- into the University of Mississippis cam- ing a serious look at the R R needs, pus in renovations and construction over the next three years, creating an environment that better supports aca- demic excellence. " In recent years, state support and private gifts have been very, very good; ' said Chancellor Robert C. Khayat. " That is why we have all these TlTeOiaiDdatQlelVGs i projects under way. I can only hope projects include the renovation of the with its formation of the Facilities Advisory Management Committee, says Mullins. " Members of that com- mittee visited the campus early in the fall and were very concerned with the condition of some of the older build- CcoierHall ings. The extensive construction Tlie Rebel SiqD ntness Hall Old Gym LyoeLnTi Univei ' House Center for Water and Wedands ResoLnnes Seymoir Lawnenc5e GaDay of AnieiTcan Art Indco ' xals Yadaty IntiianiLn Club Spoils FadBty J.D. WiDianTs Lih y rai iTning Arts Center this support will continue, gifts increase, and we become even more efficient in the management of our campus. " For excellence to be the stan- dard, our University must reach its full potential. That will first be reflected in the quality of the academ- ic programs. Beyond that, its appar- ent the facilities, equipment, and sup- port systems must be in place " he said. " The beauty of the Oxford campus has been heralded through out the country, and its important to those of us who live and work here, as well as to alumni and visitors ' , ' said the chancellor. However, maintaining 4 million square feet of buildings is a challenge to any budget. The national standard for repair and renovation (R :R) is $1.50 per scjuare foot, which would recjuire an annual budget of $6.5 mil- lion for the campus. " We don ' t come close to that; all of the states universities combined don ' t come close to $6.5 million annu- former Alpha Delta Pi sorority house for the establishment of the Honors College. The College will be named after President and CFO of Netscape, James L. Barksdale, and his wife Sally McDonnell Barksdale. Conner Hall, the home of the Schools of Business and Accountancy, is undergoing a $22 million renova- tion and addition. The entire com- plex will contain 1 16,000 square feet of technologically advanced class rooms and laboratories. The Chapel at Ole Miss is being constructed between Bondurant Hall and Paul B. Johnson Commons. The majority of the funds for the Chapel were provided by a private donor Costing about $1.5 million, the Chapel will serve as a place of worship, weddings, campus and community activities and a vari- ety of other things. A 4,000 square foot structure being built near Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, will be home to the new Rebel Shop. This structure will ally: said Dr Andy Ahiliins, special house all ticket offices along with its assistant to the chancellor. " Ole Miss has more and a greater variety of building projects under way because we have the oldest campus. We have a lot of R R needs, but it is difficult to attract funds to fix pipes and loofs! ' usual stock of Ole Miss Merchandise. The College of Liberal Arts will find a new home in Ventress Hall. The building constructed in 1889 to serve as the University librar) ' is undergoing a $1 million renovation story continued on pflgc 244 242 Student Life ..
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I - I ' lul, , LaM,„ruu Above: Okay, so the elevators have not been put in yet, but this construction worker does not seem to have a prob- lem with getting to the lop. When the Old Gym receives a $7 million facelift it will be known as the Student Services Building. The structure will offer a one-stop area for students to pay tuition and fees, inquire about financial aid, obtain career counseling, and take advantage of other services. The oldest building on campus, the Lyceum, will be closed for restora- tion upon the completion of the Student Services Building. This $3.5 million undertaking will begin in spring 1998 and be completed by the year 2000. Work began in December to transform the former home of the Honors Program into the University House. The University House will give faculty members a home to meet, pursue cross-disciplinary projects and host seminars. At the Biological Field Station, ground was broke this summer for the Center for Water and Wetlands Resources. The 47,300 square foot, .$6.5 million complex will include an educational facility, toxicology build- ing, aquatic and culturing building, general laboratories, maintenance area, and a visitors ' center. A 3,500 square foot wing is being added to the southeast side of the University Museum to help recon- figurate the complex and create the Seymour Lawrence Gallery of Art. A world-renowned book publisher, Lawrence left the University his art collection and $700,000 to add the wing. Before his death, Lawrence established a reading room in the Ole Miss library to house his collection of signed first editions, photos, original manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia of a long list of literary superstars. Completion of a 52,000 square foot sports facility is expected by April of 1997. this complex, which is being constructed on the parking lot and part of the Blackburn-McMurray Field on the western side of campus. The $2.5 million complex will provide indoor practice courts for tennis and basketball; and offices, trainers ' room, and other facilities for womens volley- ball, soccer and softball. The home of the largest and most diverse collection of literature in the state is almost finished. The J.D. Williams library is now fully automat- ed and has internet access. The state legislature has appro- priated $500,000 to the University to begin planning space for the Department of Theatre, Arts and Music, as well as an all-campus per- forming arts center. The building will span six years, according to Chancellor Khayats estimations. Other projects under way or on the drawing board include renovating the 12,260 feet on the Engineering Sciences Building by early 1997; adding 5,750 square feet for basket- ball offices on the CM. " Tad " Smith Coliseum by fall 1997; modernizing of the residence halls; completing the Teleproductions Resource Center by late 1997; building a new home for the National Food Service Management Institute by December 1998, and planning an early child- hood education center. In addition, the University will start work on its Advanced Education Center in Tupelo with its education partner Itawamba Community College. Slated for occupation in fall 1998, the 65,500 square foot facility will provide space for Ole Miss ' under- graduate and graduate degree pro- grams available in Tupelo, as well as professional enrichment courses. The University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson, has $134 million on construction projects under way. As you can see, Ole Miss is truly building for the twenty-first cen- tury. These improvements are just the tip of the iceberg. It is the hope of the faculty and administrators that the upgrading of the university will help graduates of the University be more competitive. 244 Student Life
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