Development & Construction TimelineBaylor 2012
Baylor 2012 is a ten-year vision statement developed to set goals for moving Baylor into the upper echelons of higher education. Plans for creating such a vision statement began in 2000 and included broad input from faculty, staff, alumni, students and other members of the Baylor family. It was presented to, and unanimously approved by, the Board of Regents in September of 2001. The 2012 Vision includes 12 imperatives necessary for the school to become recognized as a "top tier" institution. Imperative II is to create a truly residential campus. The heart of the Baylor experience rests in the communion of ideas, experiences and relationships on campus. To facilitate and energize campus life, Baylor will seek to make more desirable residence halls available so that at least 50 percent of Baylor undergraduates are living on campus by 2012. Learn more about Baylor 2012
North Village Residential Community
Baylor's first residential community in over forty years opened in the fall of 2004. The North Village Residential Community, composed of University House, Texana House, and Heritage House serves as home to 600 upper-division residents, as well as a Faculty-in-Residence. The facilities were designed by the architectural firm Hanbury, Evans, Wright and Vlattas & Co. and won the Grand Prize award of the College Planning & Management Magazine's Education Design Showcase in 2005.
Trip to Oxford and Cambridge
In fall, 2004 a team of Baylor staff and faculty, along with architects from Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas & Co., visited Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom in search of inspiration for the design of Brooks Residential College. In the United States, residential colleges have become a major programmatic initiative for many colleges and universities, such as those at Yale and Harvard. View pictures from that trip.
Preliminary Regent Approval
At the July 2005 meeting of the Baylor University Board of Regents meeting, the regents authorized the administration to hire an architectural firm to create a design and programming study for the University's second new residential complex, Brooks Village. Learn more about the Regents' decision.
Preliminary Focus Groups
Throughout the fall of 2005, focus groups were held with and preliminary designs were created for Brooks Village.
Regent Approval of Bonds
The Baylor University Board of Regents at its winter meeting in February of 2006 authorized the construction of a new 700-bed residential complex and approved the issuance of up to $63.5 million in bonds to finance the project. The residential facility is projected to cost $42.8 million. The plans called for the razing of Brooks Hall due to a lack of fiscally viable options to renovate or restore the building. Dr. Reagan M. Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration, told the regents that Brooks Village will pay for itself over the life of the project. Learn more about the Regents Approval.
Throughout the spring of 2006, numerous focus groups were held on the Baylor campus. Input was sought from various groups of students, faculty and staff. These focus groups had many profound effects on the design of Brooks College and Brooks Flats.
Removal of Brooks Bust
During Spring Break of 2006, the bust statue of Samuel Palmer Brooks was removed from the archway of Brooks Hall. The bust was removed for safe keeping during the last days of Brooks Hall. The bust will be a key feature of the archway of Brooks College.
Brooks Hall Memorial Service
The 2005-2006 residents of Brooks Hall, though very understanding of the decision to tear down Brooks Hall, were very saddened. At their own initiative, the students held a memorial service for their beloved Brooks Hall. On April 23, 2006, residents gathered in the courtyard for a farewell which included the reading of scripture, the singing of It is Well with My Soul, a eulogy given by the hall director, a reading of the Immortal Message, and the Baylor requisite Dr. Pepper floats. T-shirts were sold for the event and donations collected throughout the semester for the casting of a bronze plaque of the Immortal Message for Brooks College.
Furniture Removal by Local Charities
On the morning of Friday, May the 12th, with most of the last residents of Brooks Hall having already left for the summer, Campus Living & Learning and other departments of Baylor University began removing furniture and fixtures that would be reused in other buildings on campus. When the Baylor departments were finished Habitat for Humanity, Mission Waco, and Caritas, three local charities, came into the building and over the course of a week, removed almost all of the remaining furniture for reuse or sale.
Under the landmark Brooks arch, with nine members of the Samuel Palmer Brooks family looking on, Baylor University broke ground May 12, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.on Brooks Village. During the ceremony, students, faculty and staff gathered to pay tribute to Brooks Hall, which has been home to thousands of Baylor students since its construction in 1921, and to celebrate the university's new residential community, also named after Baylor's seventh president, which will serve the needs for future generations of students. Dub Oliver, Vice President of Student Life, told the crowd that "we come today to break ground on a complex of which Samuel Palmer Brooks and all the Baylor family can be proud." Learn more about the groundbreaking.
Brooks Hall Closes
On Friday, May 12, 2006 at 5:00 P.M. Brooks Hall officially closed. The last professional and student staff to live and work in Brooks Hall left the building at 11:45 the next morning. The archway light was the only light left on in the building.
Preparation for major Demolition
Between May 26th and June 18th, Brooks Hall was prepared for the major phase of the demolition. Asbestos removal, removal of unhealthy trees and trees that were unable to be accommodated by the footprint of the building, and the removal of key architectural features occurred during this time period. Concurrently, utility infrastructure upgrades and foundation work began for the Brooks Flats.
Removal of Architectural Features
One of the large urns, several of the decorative concrete panels above the windows, the cornerstone of the arch which bore the address, and several other elements were able to be saved and will hopefully be incorporated into the new design depending on the integrity of the items. Also, bricks were salvaged for two purposes. Some bricks will be incorporated into the planned Immortal 10 memorial. A majority of the salvaged bricks, one thousand, will be available for purchase through University Development to create a scholarship endowment for residents of Brooks College. Learn more about this opportunity.
The Brooks Webcam, mounted in the tower of Pat Neff Hall came online on Monday June 19th to allow the Baylor family to watch the progress of the Demolition of Brooks Hall and the construction of Brooks College and Brooks Flats. View the Webcam.
The major phase of the demolition of Brooks Hall began on the morning of Monday June 19th and was completed on Thursday, June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Watch a time lapse video of the razing of Brooks Hall.
Selection of the Faculty Master
In August, a committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff convened to interview seven faculty candidates for the position of the Faculty Master for Brooks College. The Dean of Student Learning and Engagement, Frank Shushok forwarded the top two recommendations of the committee to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice President for Student Life who will jointly appointed Douglas Henry. Learn more about Dr. Henry.
On Wednesday, August 19, 2007, Brooks College opened its doors. Over 80% of the residents moved in that day.