Samford’s Campus Master Plan Phase One Implementation Underway

Published on July 19, 2017 by Philip Poole  
Tri Delta Construction 2017

Samford University’s campus master plan phase one developments are in progress.

The goals of the campus master plan include providing a superior teaching and learning environment, improving space utilization, space management and effectiveness of existing schools and programs, focusing on enhanced student success, and alignment with Samford’s strategic plan, according to Kimberly Brown, Samford’s associate vice president for operations and campus initiatives. 

This summer, Capital Planning and Improvement and Facilities Management moved forward with more than 30 projects, including infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, American with Disabilities upgrades, residence hall improvements, renovations and facility enhancements, and new construction.

Infrastructure Maintenance and Enhancements
Northeast Deck: structural improvements and repaving.
North Deck: repaving and striping of the upper portion.
Montague Drive: resurfacing of the east side.
University Center: sewer line replacement.
Quad: chilled water valve replacements
Davis Library: electrical transformer replacement.

Residence Hall Improvements
This summer, approximately 40 bathrooms are being remodeled, the popcorn ceiling is being removed in the Sigma Nu house, and bath and kitchen cabinets are being replaced in some Beeson Woods residences. 

New Construction
The construction of a new 70-bed Delta Delta Delta residence facility in West Campus remains on schedule for completion this summer and is slated for occupancy in August.

A new paved and lighted pedestrian walkway is being installed between West Campus and West Village this summer. 

Renovations and Relocations
The first phase of renovation for Howard College of Arts and Sciences is underway in Russell Hall and will be completed Aug. 1. This will be the new home for world languages and cultures. 

In August, the philosophy, sociology and religion departments will move out of Burns and Chapman Halls into the space vacated by world languages in Dwight Beeson Hall so that Burns and Chapman Hall renovations can begin. When complete in summer 2018, Burns, Chapman, Ingalls and Russell will be the new home for Howard College of Arts and Sciences, including the departments of history, religion, classics, philosophy, English, mathematics and computer science, world languages, psychology, political science, geography, and sociology. 

Reid Chapel also will receive upgrades beginning in fall 2017 to include HVAC systems, plaster repair, pew refinishing, steeple repair and sound system upgrades.

Ingalls Hall ground floor and first floor will be renovated concurrently with Burns, Reid and Chapman Halls, and will serve as a central location for many student services. This space will be the new home of admission and student financial services.

The Rotunda Club, and Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center rotunda are getting a much-needed face-lift with new paint, carpet, tile, furnishings and fixtures. This work will conclude in November 2017.

The third floor of Samford Hall is undergoing renovations to create space for general counsel, business affairs, institutional research, and other administrative and academic affairs functions.

Acoustics are being improved in Pete Hanna Center with installation of sound-absorbent materials in the rafters. This work begins July 28 and conclude in August.

Wright Center is being evaluated for ADA enhancements, as well as dressing room improvements.

Plans are underway to relocate public safety and emergency management into Seibert Hall. This will enhance the space needed for their function and enable more dedicated student space in the University Center.

Sustainability Initiatives
The Campus Infrastructure Improvement Plan is moving forward with nearly 1,200 new windows installed. Window installation is now complete, and new lighting, sanitary fixtures and weather stripping continue to be installed across campus. This $31 million project is expected to bring $51 million in energy savings to Samford over the next 20 years.

A newly enhanced chiller plant located just north of Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall came online last month with a capacity increase of 1,000 tons, bringing the overall campus capacity to 6,000 tons of cooling. The HVAC team is participating in training on the new software, controls and optimization protocols. 

To follow campus master plan projects, go to samford.edu/campus-master-plan. To keep up with sustainability initiatives, go to samford.edu/sustainability.

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.