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September 21, 2012
1. Phase 2 of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative
(BRIC) began in July. The Phase 2 build-out includes needed lab space for the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), the Center for Spatial Research (CSR), Baylor Institute for Air Science (BIAS), Hankamer School of Business Innovative Business Accelerator (IBA), research space for the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science and Distinguished Research Scientist Marlan Scully's quantum optics lab.
2. The Carlile Equestrian Building*
at the Willis Equestrian Center will provide locker rooms, meeting space and offices for the nationally recognized equestrian program. Baylor Regent Kenneth Q. Carlile and his wife, Celia, provided the lead gift for the building. Construction began in May and is scheduled to be completed by November.
3. Construction of the East Village Residential Community
, part of the 21st Century Project of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, is continuing. On schedule to be completed by August 2013, the project consists of two four-story residential buildings and a 33,170-square-foot dining hall on the east side of campus. The 354-bed North Residential Community will house the Engineering and Computer Science Residential College. The 347-bed South Residential Community will include a new Science and Health Living-Learning Community.
4. The Jim and Nell Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center
, on LaSalle Avenue across from the Ferrell Center, is expected to be completed in December. The facility, which will feature four indoor courts and spectator seating, will allow the nationally recognized teams to practice year-round and hold competitions regardless of weather. Waco residents Jim (BBA '58) and Nell (a "Baylor Alumna by Choice") Hawkins provided the lead gift for the center.
5. The tennis teams also are looking forward to additional improvements at the Hurd Tennis Center
in the Turner Riverfront Athletic Complex. By next spring, the site will have a new scoreboard, a video web streaming system that will support live-action feeds from up to 12 courts, a fabric canopy to shade spectator seating and updated landscaping. Mark (BBA '79) and Paula Hurd provided the gift that supports the improvements.
6. A new route through campus via Third Street
is well under way. With Phase I complete, the roads and parking lots near Sid Richardson and Moody Library reopened in August. When Phase II is completed in spring 2013, the route will include bicycle and pedestrian access to encourage environmentally friendly modes of travel.
7. The $23 million renovation of the Marrs McLean Science Building
began in May and is scheduled to be completed July 2013. During this time, the building will be fully reconstructed. The School of Education and its departments of curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, educational administration and health, human performance and recreation along with the College of Arts & Sciences' anthropology and statistics departments will be among the offices located in the building when the project is completed.
8. TxDOT has begun expansion of the I-35 bridges over the Brazos River
, which is expected to be substantially complete by fall 2014. With the expansion, the bridge loop and northern driveway to Robinson Tower's parking structure (closest to the river) will be closed. Additional changes to parking entrances and exits will be required and communicated via email to Tower staff.