In the Finance, Infrastructure and Audit committee meeting, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Anna Wu presented plans for a new medical education building. Wu said the 124,000 square foot building will help increase the medical school class size from 180 to 230 students and has an estimated cost of 90 million dollars.
“What we’re asking for is the approval for this site,” Wu said. “It will redevelop Berryhill, the existing Berryhill, and the site to the east.”
Wu presented a plan for the redevelopment of Fetzer Field that includes field improvements and the creation of an indoor practice facility. It is set to finish in August of 2018. She estimated the project to cost $30 million.
“Fetzer Field is going to provide a new grandstand for the soccer and lacrosse facilities ... we’ll renovate McCaskill (Soccer Center) by the new east-west concourse,” she said.
The board approved the plans for both projects and Wu presented plans for two additional projects that weren’t yet up for approval.
The first was the re-development of Ehringhaus Field which would provide 950 seats at an estimated cost of 14.2 million dollars.
“We’re redeveloping Ehringhaus (Field) for field hockey facilities,” she said. “That field used will still be available to Campus Rec post-project completion.”
The second project was a pavilion addition to Chase Hall, the building Rams Head Dining Hall is housed in.
“It’s a small addition to Chase that will expand into this terrace area in Rams Head Plaza,” Wu said. “It’s approximately 5,000 square feet, it will provide an additional 150 to 200 seats to Chase Dining and will provide an additional food venue.”
Report on the arts
In the External Affairs committee meeting, Katie Ziglar, director of the Ackland Art Museum, presented on the recent donation to the museum of $17 million in art and $8 million in an endowment. Ziglar also explained how the University works on a loan system with other art museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre.
“We do not actually make money, what we make is friends,” Ziglar said. “If we loan to the Louvre or the Metropolitan in New York, we expect to be able to borrow from them when it is convenient and important for us to do so.”