SUBJECT: School of Law, Building Renovation Project
The Washburn University School of Law is preparing to celebrate its centennial year, and has a rich tradition of success and a reputation for quality. The current law school building was opened in 1969, and the law library in 1991. The School has educated thousands of lawyers in those years, while wear on the building and rapidly changing technology have occurred necessitating the need to improve the building. Several classrooms are still equipped with the original furniture. Student use of laptop computers has increased the need for electrical power beyond the capacity of the classrooms to handle, and some rooms have lighting and acoustical problems. At the same time, additional office space for faculty and staff is needed.
During the past eighteen (18) months, renovating portions of the Law School building has been considered by the faculty of the School, the Dean of the School of Law, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs in conjunction with Washburn's Facilities Services architectural and engineering staff. As the centennial begins, the timing is right to commit University resources toward this improvement of the Law School.
The School of Law is undertaking an ambitious effort to update its academic program as part of an overall plan to improve the School. As part of that plan, the School of Law has already begun to improve its facilities and its technology, but feels additional classroom improvements and office space is needed to ensure academic excellence.
In this centennial year and beyond, the School of Law will be able to leverage Washburn's internal investment of funds to seek external funds for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, and other forms of academic program support.
This classroom modernization and office renovation project will help keep the School of Law regionally and nationally competitive for many years to come.
Based on the overall plan developed by the School of Law and the program statement for this project, the Board of Regents are asked to:
Approve the program statement for the School of Law Building Renovation Project
Authorize the architect selection process to begin
Approve project financing plan
The projected total project budget is $1,240,000 as detailed in the program statement and is to be funded by University reserves.
President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve the program statement attached to this agenda item, authorize the Administration to begin architect selection, and approve the project financing plan.
Date Jerry B. Farley, President