Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Plans advance for School of Business building, `Rules of Basket Ball’ museum, razing McCollum

October 17, 2012


— Higher education officials on Wednesday endorsed two major building projects totaling more than $83 million on the Kansas University campus, and the destruction of a residence hall.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved moving the proposed $65.74 million School of Business building into KU's current fiscal year capital improvement request, and construction by the KU Endowment Association of the proposed $18 million "Rules of Basket Ball" museum and student activity center.

The regents also approved KU's plan to raze the 10-story McCollum Hall and replace it with two new residence halls in a project that will cost $47.8 million.

The 166,000 square-foot School of Business building will be funded with private gifts and university resources. Earlier this month, officials announced a $20 million gift for the building from the foundation of Capitol Federal Savings of Topeka.

KU will now seek approval from the Legislature during the 2013 session, which starts in January, for bond authority for the full amount of the project in the event pledges span several years. Construction on the project is not expected until late next year.

Summerfield Hall, which currently houses the School of Business and has approximately 56,590 square feet, will be converted for other uses.

The proposed "Rules of Basket Ball" museum will be built as an addition to Allen Fieldhouse to house James Naismith's original rules of basketball.

The museum will be alongside the Booth Family Hall of Athletics inside Allen Fieldhouse. The focal point of the museum will be Naismith's original rules, which were purchased for $4.3 million by David Booth, a Texas-based investor, who donated them to KU.

There will also be a large public plaza off Naismith Drive. The project will be funded with private gifts and constructed by the KU Endowment Association, and once finished turned over to the university.

Regarding the destruction of McCollum Hall, which has about 720 students, KU officials said renovation of the building wasn't an option.

But McCollum won't be torn down until the two new residence halls, which will house 350 students each, are completed by the fall 2015 semester.

In other business, KU got some good news from the Internal Revenue Service.

The school had earlier estimated that it would receive a refund of approximately $15 million in FICA taxes plus interest paid on medical residents.

Now that figure is more like $20 million, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said Wednesday.

The refund is related to payroll taxes paid back in the 1990s.

The FICA refund has already been plugged into KU's proposal to build a new medical education building at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Now that the refund will be larger, Gray-Little said she would still like all of it to go toward that project.

Under KU's proposal, the building's estimated cost of $75 million was to be funded with the refund, private dollars and a state appropriation.


Clint Church 5 years, 6 months ago

Any diagram of the addition to Allen Fieldhouse? It seems like they are totally covering it up. As for the new buildings, who do thy think are going to pay for the upkeep. especially now that they have reduced taxes.

Jonathan Fox 5 years, 6 months ago

KU is a school, not a tourist attraction.

MyName 5 years, 6 months ago

There's a multi-level paid parking garage right across from AFH and is open to the public. Granted, if you wanted to see the first two museums as well, you'd be better off parking in the garage near the Kansas union and walking across campus to AFH. However most of the people who are there for the rules museum will be killing some time before a game and the other two museums are likely closed then anyway.

d_prowess 5 years, 6 months ago

The above is a crazy comment. When it comes to the museums and the fieldhouse, they are probably the places on campus that are the MOST visitor friendly when it comes to parking! Each of them have a visitor, multi-story garage right by them for guests.

Betty Bartholomew 5 years, 6 months ago

Thought for Summerfield: Move the administrative offices that students need to go to (bursar, registrar, and advising to start) there so they're all in a location with nearby student and visitor-accessible parking. Currently those three offices are in Strong Hall, which, while not a burden to get to if the weather is good and you're up to the walk, is kind of a pain in the behind.

d_prowess 5 years, 6 months ago

I am sure someone with more knowledge than I will comment on this, but I thought a couple years ago the Regents made funding future building maintenance a requirement for all new buildings. So if that is true, then this should be covered already in the fundraising plans.

billbodiggens 5 years, 6 months ago

All I want is the eastern most screen off of the windows of the last room on the south side of the 8th floor of McCullum. I don't know how many times that screen was removed so that others residing in the building (and else where) could throw Salvo tablets into the top of the water cooling system for the air conditioners that were directly below that window. What a mess of bubbles. Then the campus cops would once again interrogate all who lived within one floor of that window. It was the same summer that all of the fountains on campus were shut down and drained because of Salvo tablets. Forty-five plus years ago. (For the younger people - Salvo tables consisted of compressed laundry detergent about the size of a hocky puck. Apparently handy for a number of purposes.) (Also, in case you are wondering - the statute of limitations has long since pasted.)

blindrabbit 5 years, 6 months ago

Did I miss it, where is the new School of Business building going to located???

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