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Roudebush Hall renovation to address problems, add space

Roudebush Hall, constructed in 1956 when Miami enrolled about 5,000 students, is undergoing its first significant renovation.

The rehabilitation project has two primary goals: to perform needed and code-required upgrades and to provide the physical space needed by staff members who now serve an enrollment of 21,000 students.

"In some areas of the building we had several people crammed into spaces meant for only a few employees. Many employees didn’t even have work cubicles. They sat at desks in an open space with very little privacy," said Steve Snyder, executive assistant to the president.

To provide the necessary space, a three-story, 6,800-square-foot addition will be added on the south side of the building.

Infrastructure and building system work will include asbestos abatement, ADA compliance and safety upgrades, as well as improvements to the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems.

"Wiring for computer equipment, telephones and faxes was really inadequate. Physical facilities personnel were constantly trying to add additional electrical and telecommunications capacity," Snyder said.

The administrative units that relocated to McGuffey and Bonham House—personnel, budget and planning, finance and business, controller, the Graduate School, advancement of scholarship and teaching, institutional relations, purchasing, the university secretary, the provost and the president—will return to the building when the project is completed late next year.

Roudebush employees are looking forward to moving back into an improved working environment, Snyder said.

"When we had heavy overnight rainfalls, we had employees walking into their offices the next morning with an inch to two inches of water on their office floors. The drainage around the building was horrible. Over time, the flooding and resulting dampness caused a build-up of mold and mildew throughout the lower floor of the building. We had some employees who really suffered from allergies."

Total cost of the project is $7.29 million.

Other major renovations of university facilities have included Peabody Hall, $6.5 million; Alumni Hall, $9.5 million; and King Library, Phase I, $2.2 million, Phase II, $1.93 milion.

Date Published: 10/26/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 13

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