Baylor Campus Continues To Build Towards Future - Dec. 2013

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Your student has most likely shared with you the excitement surrounding the new Baylor Stadium, or the recently-opened East Village. But Baylor's growth isn't limited to those two facilities. Baylor students will witness a number of projects taking shape in the months ahead:

The construction of Baylor Stadium and the Umphrey Pedestrian Bridge and Walkway connecting the stadium across the Brazos River to campus proceeds on pace to be ready for the first home football game in 2014. Nearby, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) construction related to the I-35 bridges and Martin Luther King Boulevard is ongoing. Watch the stadium progress here. TXDOT offers a different camera angle of the work on the I-35 Brazos River bridges from the top of Robinson Tower here.

The Baylor Board of Regents affirmed plans to begin the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the new home of the Hankamer School of Business. The architectural design features an atrium that will showcase some of the school's signature classrooms, such as the Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center. The plans include a 350-seat auditorium to accommodate guest lectures and special events and classrooms that will incorporate the latest technology for collaborative learning, innovation and problem solving. The Foster campus is expected to expand the school's size by nearly 40 percent.

Baylor Track and Field also returns to campus in fall 2014 with a new stadium now under construction along the Brazos River on the east side of the 93-acre Baylor Stadium property. Kansas City-based Populous designed Baylor Stadium and the new track facility, which will accommodate 5,000 spectators and participants. The project includes an indoor practice facility and a team building containing hydrotherapy pools, a training room, offices and meeting rooms and storage space.

As part of the university's plan to renovate existing residence halls over the next 10 years, South Russell Hall is offline this fall to undergo restoration. When the hall reopens in fall 2014, residents will find updated rooms with new furniture and fixtures plus study, social and spiritual spaces. South Russell also will have a living-learning component with a faculty-in-residence apartment and the use of the lower level for a classroom, fitness area, game room and lounge. North Russell Hall is next in the residence hall refurbishment process with design and engineering planning underway.

The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) continues to grow. Baylor researchers began occupying the BRIC in January 2013. L-3 Platform Integration announced a lease agreement during the summer to occupy 3,200 square feet of industrial space in the discovery park. Design and construction for additional lab and office build-outs is in progress.