Agenda Item No. V. B. 1.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Completion of Design Development and Construction Document phase for the Student Recreation Center project. Authorize Gould Evans, architects, to proceed to bidding.


In February 2000, a campus-wide Student Recreation Center Committee was formed to explore the need and feasibility of creating a student recreation center at Washburn. From information gathered at numerous meetings, from site visits, and from surveys, the Committee determined there is a need for and interest in a new facility on campus.

The Committee felt additional input was needed to more clearly define the project and assist with site selection for the facility. As a result in October 2000, a contract was signed with Ken Ballard of Ballard*King and Associates after soliciting proposals from consultants specializing in planning for fitness/recreation facilities on college campuses.

Mr. Ballard delivered a draft report to the Committee in January 2001, and the contents were shared with the Board of Regent's Committee of the Whole at its meeting on January 27, 2001. There were several recommendations made by Mr. Ballard relative to the location of the facility, but the Committee felt additional input from an architect would be needed to determine the final location.

The Board of Regents approved a contract with Gould Evans for the Student Recreation Center project at its July 25, 2001 meeting. The goal established for Gould Evans was to design and create a student recreation center supporting Washburn University's goals of becoming a student-centered learning institution; of revitalizing student life; and preparing students for life-long learning.

At its February 8, 2002 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the site for the Student Recreation Center, exterior finishes and parking lot, and authorized the architects to proceed with the schematic design process. The Board of Regents approved the schematic design package submitted by Gould Evans for the Student Recreation Center at its April 10, 2002 meeting, and authorized the architects to begin the Design Development and Construction Document phase of the project.


The program for the new center takes into account the information gathered during the consultant's review of existing sports, recreation and fitness facilities on campus, the expressed needs of staff for amenities in the center, and the preliminary program developed by the Student Recreation Center Committee. The Center will provide a place for students to play, socialize, and learn. The building is designed as a simple, clearly expressed structure at the south end of Moore Bowl. The estimated cost totals $5.45 million and includes a new 15,000 square foot gymnasium, 8,000 square feet of exercise areas, including cardiovascular and weight training equipment as well as an elevated running track, an 800 square foot Wellness Center, 4,500 square feet of support spaces, and a parking lot to be located between the Recreation Center and the new Art Building. The gymnasium includes three basketball/volleyball courts, and the three lane running track will be elevated around the perimeter of the gymnasium. In addition, a 25' high rock-climbing wall is included which will create the main focus of the lobby and can be viewed from the track above as well as from Moore Bowl.


The $5.0 million for construction of a new Student Recreation Center is to be funded from the $11.2 million revenue bonds issued by Washburn University. The additional cost of enhancing the exterior finishes of the building, in an amount not to exceed $350,000, will be funded from the proceeds of the revenue bond issue, and an amount not to exceed $100,000 for the new parking lot will be funded from the proceeds of the revenue bond issue. The on-going operating costs will be funded from general fund revenues.

The revenue bonds issued for the Student Recreation Center will be repaid over a 20-year period from the $890,000 set aside annually in the Sales Tax Capital Improvement Fund.


President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve the project as described for the Student Recreation Center in the amount of $5.45 million. Additionally, it is recommended the architects be authorized to conclude the Design Development and Construction Document phase and proceed to bidding. The Board will review and approve the project again at the conclusion of bidding and authorize a construction contract.

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Date Jerry B. Farley, President

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