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President recommends Reid site for business school
Miami University President Jim Garland said today (Nov. 30) he will recommend to the board of trustees that the university's new business school building be constructed where Reid Hall, a residence hall, now stands.
Reid Hall, built in 1948 and located on the corner of High Street and Patterson Avenue on the edge of Miami's eastern quadrangle, was one of 11 locations considered for the new home for the Richard T. Farmer School of Business. Construction is expected to begin in 2006 with occupancy by summer of 2008.
"The decision has been a difficult one, and it is regrettable that we must lose an attractive residence hall to make room for a new academic building. Even though there is extensive open space around campus, there are few large areas available near the academic center, and each of these offers both pluses and minuses," said Garland.
"The Reid Hall site is near the academic quad that we are developing to the west and Marcum Conference Center to the east, meaning that we can reasonably integrate the new building within the academic plan for the campus," Garland noted.
Trustees meet Dec. 10, and if they approve Garland's recommendation their vote would end a lengthy process that began last spring after it was determined the site originally considered, where Kreger Hall now stands, is too small to meet the business school's needs.
At that time Miami's planning and construction staff identified 11 sites as possible locations for the new building, and a few of those locations, most notably Bishop Woods, began to draw some public reaction.
Miami's Campus Planning Committee held two open meetings to hear public comments about the various proposed sites before narrowing its preferences to three possible locations, including Reid Hall, for further study by Miami's planning and construction staff. The Reid Hall location emerged as the most feasible site in the follow-up review and ultimately was recommended by planning staff to the administration.
Normally, the change in the building site would not require formal trustee action, but portions of the eastern quadrangle, as well as several other sites among the 11 studied, were designated in guidelines passed in 1982 by the trustees as areas deserving protection as open space.