The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees accepted a priority list of capital projects established by the administration during its regular meeting Friday.
The list of projects, which covers campus needs in various areas across UCA, was put together to be considered if funding, which will be dependent on donor giving and bonds, becomes available.
"Stand funds, if available, will supplement the cost of the project," the agenda states.
The needs are as follows: new construction of a fine arts building with an estimated cost of $38,450,000; new construction of a health sciences building estimated at $43,000,000; renovations to the Lewis Science Center ,estimated at $16,000,000, Mashburn Hall, estimated at $15,000,000, and Old Main, estimated at $18,000,000, bringing the total to $130,450,000.
Also included as part of the auxiliary project was the construction of the Greek Village Phase II with an estimated cost of $10,000,000 and renovations to State and Carmichael Hall estimated for $9,000,000, bringing the total of all projects to $149,450,000.
"Maybe [someone will] write a big check for $130 million," chair Elizabeth Farris said laughing.
UCA President Houston Davis said creating the priority list has been a project the administration has been working on for quite some time, seeking to focus on the future needs of the campus.
"It also gives us a road map, as we’re about to start a capital campaign fundraising, to be able to have targeted facilities," he said. "I mean, any of those, I mean, might be of interest to donors and I think it’s significant to people who are considering making a donation to the campus to know that our board of trust and our campus have determined these to be priorities."
One aspect that influenced the list, Davis said, was the "academic side of the house."
"We badly need new space in nursing and [occupational therapy] and [physical therapy] and some of those related programs so we know that just a square footage shortage calls for us to be able to have the ability to expand," he said. "We also have got the need, just because of our aging facilities in the arts, that’s why the performing arts facility, looking to that in some point in the future, we know there’s a need."
Davis said while the science and education facilities have good, solid buildings, they are in need of updated infrastructure, look and functionality.
"So it’s really practical considerations driven by what the needs of our programs are and where there are growth opportunities," he said.
President Davis also acknowledged two students, Recep Erol and Reid Malone, during Bear C.L.A.W.S. (Celebrating the Lofty Achievements of our Wonderful Students).
Erol, a computer science graduate student, has received the Arkansas Academy of Computer Scholarship in the spring and fall 2017 and first place in graduate poster presentation for computer science from the Arkansas Science Academy and is involved in cancer detection and surgical simulation research projects.
Malone, a senior physical education and teacher education major, is a member of the IDEAL Freshman Leadership Team and IDEAL Alumni Leader, a resident assistant and the Bear Den President.
During the meeting, the board also approved a transaction for $42,000 to acquire property located at 1953 Torreyson St. which will be demolished and used for parking.
The property was previously owned by Jeri Joann Nibs and Kiji Lujan Robertson.
The board also approved five contracts between the university and businesses including American Towers LLC, Nike, Team Dynamix, EAB Global, Inc. and Ellucian.