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March 20, 1998


The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved the final plans and contracts for the second phase of construction and structural repairs to KU's Memorial Stadium.

The work is part of an overall renovation project at the football stadium that has been under way since November. The second phase of structural improvements will focus on top coating and deficiencies on the east side and north bowl area of the stadium.

Cost of this phase of the project is estimated at $2 million.

KU adds engineering

master's degree

Kansas University will be offering a new master's degree in civil engineering, according to a decision made Thursday by the Board of Regents.

The program was conceived as a degree for professional civil engineers already practicing in the field. The usual research requirements would be replaced by engineering management courses.

The degree program would be offered through the KU Regents Center in Overland Park, as well as through the Capital Complex in Topeka.

Regents allow KU

to pursue Dole Institute

The Board of Regents has given Kansas University the green light to seek legislative authority to plan and construct the Robert J. Dole Institute for Public Service and Public Policy on KU's West Campus.

The project will predominantly be used as an archive from Dole's career and will store an extensive college of Dole's U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate papers, photographs, tapes and artifacts. The facility also will act as a meeting space for symposiums, lectures and other public service functions.

It will be located southwest of the Lied Center.

Ellsworth, Robinson

on KU improvements list

Kansas University's Ellsworth Hall and Robinson Gymnasium will undergo remodeling efforts under amendments to capital improvements lists approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.

The $10.5 million Ellsworth renovation -- added to the capital improvements list for fiscal year 1999 -- will include transforming existing residence hall rooms into suites with private bathrooms. The changes are similar to those completed last fall in Templin Hall and to those planned for this summer in Lewis Hall.

The renovations will be funded by student housing fees and revenue bonds issued by the Kansas Development Finance Authority. The bonds will be secured by student housing fees. The project is slated to open for bids in the spring of 2000 and to be ready for occupancy before the fall semester of 2001.

Changes planned for Robinson Gymnasium were OK'd for addition to KU's capital improvements list for fiscal year 1998.

Under the plan, two unused handball courts, 23D and 23H, would be converted into weight management research labs. The estimated cost of the project is $960,000, including $250,000 for metabolic chamber equipment.

The renovations will be funded with ``sponsored research overhead'' funds and the equipment with be funded by the Center for Research Inc.

Union, West Campus

building to be repaired

The Board of Regents on Thursday gave Kansas University officials permission to amend the list of rehabilitation and repair projects for fiscal year 1998 to include improvements to Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union and to Youngberg Hall.

Work in Woodruff Auditorium will include Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, expansion of the stage, refurbishment of seating, wall coverings and floorings, as well as mechanical and electrical improvements. The estimated cost of the project is $230,000 and will be funded through the KU Memorial Corporation.

Youngberg Hall on West Campus has been targeted for improvements in conjunction with the Center for Research Inc., and its plans to move into the building. Youngberg currently houses the KU Endowment Association, which will be moving in April to its new facility south of Nichols Hall.

The project will include ADA improvements, electrical service upgrades and other modifications. Estimated cost of the project is $120,000 and will be funded by ``sponsored research overhead'' funds. The estimate does not include asbestos abatement costs.

KUMC to relocate

burn center

The Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., can proceed with plans to relocate its Burnett Burn Center to Bell Hospital at KUMC. The Board of Regents approved the move unanimously at its meeting Thursday morning.

The burn center is currently on the sixth floor of Wescoe Pavilion at KUMC. The project will be privately funded at an estimated cost of $1.4 million.

The KU Endowment Association will be the contracting agent for the project.

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