Miami University trustees at their Feb. 8 board meeting approved the promotion and/or tenure of 46 faculty members and the continuing contract and/or promotion of 10 librarians.
Provost Bobby Gempesaw commended the group overall for their classroom skills, innovations, research and commitment to students.
Trustees received a report that applications to Miami to date for the fall class reached 22,300, a school record. Last year’s total, also a record, was 20,314.
Jim Kiper, chair of computer science and software engineering and co-chair of the Miami University 2020 plan, provided trustees with an update on progress toward the universitywide goals of enhancements to the academic and functional areas at Miami, covering efficiency, collaboration, flexibility, inclusion, external partnerships and global engagement among other goals, plus metrics to track those goals. Kiper credited the 50 faculty and staff members who are actively contributing to five target goal teams.
Trustees approved the awarding of numerous contracts to support building or renovation as part of the university’s Long Range Housing Master Plan. The university is combining bids through a variety of delivery methods that will create efficiencies and ideally reduce costs and risk for the university.
These methods include a Single Prime method, a Construction Manager at Risk method and a single Design Build project delivery method. Details on these methods are found in the trustee meeting agenda at miamioh.edu/trustees.
These projects were approved:
The awarding of contracts not to exceed $2,500,000 for the Campus Walks and Drives project, involving the replacement and/or enhancement of deteriorated walks and drives located near the Armstrong Student Center, Upham Hall, Bishop Circle, Yager Stadium, King Library, Campus Avenue and various residence halls.
- The awarding of contracts not to exceed $1,840,000 for a Roof Replacement and Repairs project involving the replacements of roofs and/or flashing and trim that reached or exceeded their serviceable life at Cook Place, Peabody Hall, Ogden Hall, Cole Service Building and the Demske Culinary Support Center.
- The awarding of contracts not to exceed $5,550,000 for the Residence Halls Summer 2013 Renovations project, which will result in upgrades for Dodds, Emerson, Havighurst, McKee, Morris, Peabody, Porter, Tappan and Thomson halls in accordance with the university’s Long Range Housing Master Plan. The upgrades will maintain these halls until they are scheduled for full renovation during the latter part of the Long Range Housing Master Plan. The project will use a Construction Manager at Risk delivery method to lower construction costs, manage the schedule and allow for close oversight of the various construction activities in multiple buildings, thus minimizing the risk to the university.
- The awarding of contracts not to exceed $2,150,000 for the MET Quad Site Improvements project involving the replacement of walks, site lighting, loading dock screen walls, storm water detention and irrigation and hardscape and landscape restoration after the completion of the Etheridge Hall and Maplestreet projects in accordance with Miami’s Long Range Housing Master Plan.
- The awarding of contracts not to exceed $5,050,000 for the preconstruction phase of the East Quad Renovation project that includes planning, design and estimating along with related preconstruction services necessary to prepare the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for a budget for this phase of the project. This will include the renovation of Billings (North Chiller Plant), Collins, Dennison, Dorsey, Erickson, McBride and Symmes halls. Wilson Hall will also receive some temporary utility work.
- The awarding of a change order not to exceed $1,082,000 for roofing materials for Etheridge Hall and Maplestreet Station. During the value engineering process, polymer roof tiles were chosen to reduce the cost, however, with notice of production delays for the polymer tiles, Miami has negotiated with the contractor to install clay roof tiles to enable the buildings to be completed on schedule this summer.
- The awarding of contracts not to exceed $1,430,000 for the MacCracken Quad Tunnel Top Replacement project, replacing about 2,000 linear feet of deteriorated portions of concrete tunnel tops that also serve as walks for the campus.
Trustees also approved granting emeritus/emerita status to 13 faculty and administrators.
Trustee committee appointments were announced. Mike Armstrong will continue to chair the finance and audit committee and Sue Henry will continue to chair the student and academic affairs committee.
Trustees recognized Lot Kwartang, a student trustee whose term ends with this meeting.