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Development committee updates plan

Evan Pappas - February 13, 2013

The Campus Development Committee is updating the Facilities Master Plan for 2013, which sets Central Washington University’s development priorities for the next 10 years.

If the state provides funding for Central’s top priority, Science Building 2, construction crews could get started as early as this summer, said Bill Yarwood, director of Facilities Planning and Construction.

The Master Plan incorporates all types of developments on campus: signage, parking, renovations and the creation of new buildings.

When Central requests money from the state for a project, it must be within the context of a 10-year budget.

The purpose of the Master Plan is provide be a blueprint for how the 10-year budget for development gets enacted, showing how projects will fit within the framework of the campus.

The Master Plan is currently being updated to incorporate short and long-term developments on campus.

“There’s a lot of work that could be going on here, even as early as this summer and next year, once we know what gets funded, and that’s huge,” Yarwood said.

Central’s Development Committee has divided the different projects by priority.

Science Building 2 is the top priority, followed by Samuelson Communication & Technology Center, Health Sciences and Combined Utilities.

Science Building 2 is the first priority at the moment because of the project’s impact on campus, Yarwood said.

“That one will have the biggest impact because, number one, we are taking out a parking lot to build it in, and so that has to be mitigated,” Yarwood said. “And that one, if it gets funded, you would start seeing construction work on campus faster than any of the other ones.”

Other developments in the Master Plan include a $4.9 million renovation of Brooks Library, a complete replacement of the ROTC building, and the removal of Hertz Hall.

The renovations and removals of buildings need to be planned so students still have access to the facilities they need, Yarwood said.

“We are talking about taking Hertz down; well, if you take Hertz down, then where do the programs go that are currently in Hertz?” Yarwood said. “Well, they’re going to get located down into Lind and Bouillon because that’s gonna be kind of the one-stop shop for the students.”

The Master Plan also incorporates non-state funded projects, such as housing and University Recreation.

The upcoming renovation of the Short-Getz apartment complex is just one of the non-state funded projects to be included in the plan.

According to Richard DeShields, senior director of University Housing and New Student Programs, Short-Getz is the next housing building due for a renovation.

“When we built Barto Hall we added more beds into Barto than we needed, because we knew at some point we were going to have to close the Bassettis to do its renovation and move those 150 students somewhere else,” Deshields said.

“By doing Short-Getz first, it allows for us to have apartment flexibility to move people.”

The current draft of the Master Plan has been discussed with Central and Ellensburg community members, and now must go through review by the State Environmental Policy Act, which should be completed by April.

The plan is scheduled for presentation to Central’s Board of Trustees in July for final overview.

Kelsey Furstenwerth, ASCWU Vice President for Student Life and Facilities, said she wants people to take a look at the plan and fill out the survey online, so they can gather more opinions in order to create a plan that works for everyone.

“Feedback would be awesome,” Furstenwerth said. “It’s not very often that students are involved in big decisions like this, so I really want students to get as involved as possible.”



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