Agenda Item No. V. B. 1. a.

Washburn University Board of Regents





SUBJECT: Athletic Weight Room and Locker Room Renovations



BACKGROUND:



Washburn University requires a new weight room and locker rooms in either Whiting or Petro to accommodate the needs of the Athletics Department and HPEES classes. In February, 2000 the Board approved a Building Project Management Process which advises the administration on capital project planning. The attached program statement and this recommendation follows that process.



DESCRIPTION:



The weight room will include additional space and equipment for Olympic platform, cardio, rehab, ground base, pulling, vertimax, dumbbell, metabolic push/pull circuit and leg drive machine areas along with improvements to locker rooms used by every men's and women's sport.



Over the years, Washburn has added women's sports; conditioning has become important to help athletes be faster and stronger, but as important, conditioning is part of a concerted injury prevention program that helps athletes remain healthy. The increase in both the number of athletes needing strength conditioning and the amount of time each will devote to conditioning places an unacceptable burden on athletes who struggle to use overcrowded and inadequate facilities.



Additionally, HPEES classes use the same facilities under a workable cooperative arrangement. Classes are taught in the weight rooms when most athletes are in classes pursuing their education. A growing student body generates demand for more classes and more time in the facilities. Larger, better equipped facilities facilitate cooperative use.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:



The next step in the process, following the committee's assessment of needs and wants in the program statement, is to establish a preliminary cost estimate and financing plan. The preliminary cost estimate requires the assistance of architects. The financing plan includes an estimate of fundraising viability. The two are intertwined in the sense that donors want to know what is possible from a preliminary design standpoint and architects need to know a total budget to design within. This will be a 100% fundraised project.



RECOMMENDATION:



President Farley recommends the Board of Regents authorize the architectural selection process and to request WEA undertake a fundraising feasibility study. The administration will return to the Board with a recommendation to hire architects. The Board will review the fundraising feasibility report from WEA and financing plan before authorizing the project to go forward to design.



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Date Jerry B. Farley, President


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