Agenda Item No. V. B. 4.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Approval of Schematic Design Package for Stoffer Hall, Building Renovation Project


Science instruction and the types of physical spaces needed for basic science instruction have changed significantly since Stoffer Hall was opened in 1960. Science instruction is a vital component of general education, and its advanced coursework supports students in many specialized fields, most specifically the health-related disciplines. Science forms the foundation upon which instruction in these disciplines is based.

A committee was appointed by President Farley in April 2003 to evaluate the current programmatic needs, project future needs, and balance those needs against the potential costs. The committee met numerous times between April 2003 and June 2004. In addition to the detailed local review, the committee also visited new science facilities at other universities in the region, and consulted with an outside expert. These efforts have culminated in the development of a detailed science facilities program statement.

The College of Arts and Sciences is undertaking an ambitious effort to update its academic program as part of the overall academic plan. As part of that plan, the College of Arts and Sciences believes improvements of Washburn's science facilities are essential due to the following:

Science instruction has changed significantly since the 1960's. Modern science instruction involves sophisticated instrumentation. Students interact with these instruments, with each other, and with the faculty in ways that differ greatly from the way science was taught in the past.

Undergraduate science students are now much more involved in research, once the purview of graduate students alone. These research activities are a core component of instruction. Student success in science research has been one of the driving forces in developing the "transformational experiences" in the Academic Plan.

The types of physical spaces needed for basic science instruction have also changed since the 1960's. Laboratory instruction has changed in both content and method; therefore, flexibility will be the key to meeting current and future space needs for science instruction.

The University has more than doubled its enrollment since 1960. In addition to the growth in the sciences themselves, numerous health-related disciplines have been added. Washburn has hundreds of students involved in these disciplines who require science instruction beyond that provided in general education courses.

The Board of Regents at its October 8, 2004 meeting approved the project program statement and authorized the University Administration to begin architect selection which was concluded in December 2004. At its meeting of January 14, 2005, the Board of Regents approved awarding a contract to Gould Evans Associates/Cannon Design to provide architectural services related to the Stoffer Renovation Project.

Between January 2005 and May 2005, Gould Evans and Cannon Design worked with the Stoffer Building Committee and others on campus to refine the program statement, including an evaluation of Stoffer Hall and the science curriculum in conjunction with classroom and laboratory utilization, to assist in developing the total project budget. Based on those discussions and evaluations conducted by Gould Evans Associates and Cannon Design, a program scope and total project budget ($14,651,484) was developed for the project and approved by the Board of Regents at its May 13, 2005 Board meeting.


Based on the foregoing, Gould Evans Associates and Cannon Design have continued to meet with the Stoffer Building Committee, and have met with each academic department to be located in Stoffer Hall, to further refine the program requirements and begin the schematic design phase of the project. Schematic designs have been completed, and the Stoffer Building Committee and University administration are recommending the schematic designs for the Stoffer Hall, Building Renovation Project be approved by the Board of Regents.

In addition, since the campus is a Planned Urban Development (PUD) under the City of Topeka zoning codes, the recommended addition to Stoffer Hall needs to be added to the PUD campus master plan and reviewed by the City of Topeka Planning Department to facilitate the application for eventual building permit for this project.


The projected total project cost of $14,651,484 is to be funded by a combination of University reserves and fund raising. The Washburn Endowment Association has developed a fund raising program for this project with a goal of $2.0 million.

There are inconsequential plan review fees charged by the City of Topeka Planning Department to review and approve the update to the PUD campus master plan document for the Stoffer Hall renovation and addition.


President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve the schematic design submitted by Gould Evans Associates and Cannon Design, and authorize Gould Evans Associates and Cannon Design to begin the Design Development and Construction Documents phases of the project. The Board will review and approve the project again in January 2006 at the conclusion of the Construction Documents phase and authorize the project to be bid in February 2006. President Farley also recommends the Board of Regents approve the PUD plan update entitled "Master Plan 2005 Update."

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Date Jerry Farley, President

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