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Pat Neff remodel to begin in spring

Sept. 17, 1996

Work to begin on $595,000 upgrade to administration building

Jenny Bourn/The Lariat

The Board of Regents approved a $595,000 renovation to Pat Neff Hall. Renovations will begin on the first floor in the spring. Consolidating administrative offices is the objective of the plan.

By Liberty Lay

Lariat Staff Writer

At the last meeting of the Baylor Board of Regents, $595,000 was designated for a Pat Neff Hall facelift.

The 57-year-old building will be renovated in several phases, beginning at the ground level. Eventually, all floors of the building will be renovated to house administrative offices.

Ken Simons, assistant vice president and business manager, said that Pat Neff will not contain many offices for student services when the renovations are complete.

'The first floor will be totally renovated first,' Simons said, adding that they would begin in the spring.

In addition to housing the president's suite, four vice-presidents' offices and a conference room, the first floor will also contain restroom facilities that were previously non-existent for public use.

Simons said that work on the second floor will not begin until the current offices on that floor have been moved.

'We [the business manager's office] are trying to finalize plans to move them to the [Clifton Robinson] Tower at semester break,' Simons said.

Madelyn Jones, university registrar, said the Registrar's office will be moved to the third floor of the Tower some time after Christmas.

Jones said the move would probably not cause any inconvenience for registering students.

Although exact plans have not yet been made for the upper floors of Pat Neff, Simons said General Counsel, Organizational Development and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences would probably have offices on the second floor.

In related business, the Board approved plans for a natural grass field at Floyd Casey Stadium for the 1997 season.

Funding arrangements for the new turf have not yet been made.

The Regents approved $375,000 for a feasibility study for continuing design work on a new Student Life building, $45,000 for a study for upgrading Baylor's baseball and softball complex and $30,000 for a study for sky boxes at Floyd Casey Stadium.

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