Carver Academic Facility

Board of Trustees Recap for Oct. 12 and 13

Editor’s Note: After each Board of Trustees meeting, Western Today provides a recap of decisions and discussion.

 

Trustees Dedicate, Celebrate Carver Completion

Western’s Board of Trustees attended a dedication and ribbon-cutting on Friday celebrating the renovated Carver facility

“We could not have been more thrilled by the outcome” of the renovation, Western President Sabah Randhawa told those gathered for the event.

Randhawa thanked many in attendance, including local legislators state Rep. Vincent Buys and state Sen. Kevin Ranker, for their support of the two-year renovation of Carver, which was completed in time for the start of fall classes.

Buys said there was bipartisan support among the local legislative delegation for the major renovation of Carver and they worked to convince other legislators that the project renovation was “not just a gym” but included labs, classrooms and other badly needed upgrades. The Washington State Legislature, as part of the 2015-17 state budget, approved $70 million – the majority of funding for the renovation.

Ranker noted the local economic impact, with more than 1,000 workers on the site and up to 200 a day since construction work began in 2015. He said the project was “a win for Washington, our county and our institution.”

Other speakers recalled the challenge of working in the outmoded facility for years, such as leaks, electrical problems and cramped learning and work spaces.

When LeaAnn Martin, former dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, started as a faculty member at Western, she was assured that the university’s Carver facility would be renovated before long.

“Here I am, 26 years later, with that promise fulfilled,” Martin said, praising the renovated facility as providing a “safe, fully accessible space for learning and teaching.”

Provost Brent Carbajal said Carver is the most utilized building on campus, providing crucial space for academics and athletics. Also, as the largest interior space on campus and in the community, it also hosts high school graduation ceremonies. Carbajal offered heartfelt appreciation for the “huge army of people” who planned and worked on the renovation.

Steve Card, Western director of Athletics, said the facility “will completely change the landscape of Western athletics” with the many improvements for Athletics.

Paul Madison, former WWU sports information director and sports historian, welcomed descendants of Sam Carver, Western’s first director of athletics and chair of the physical education department from 1914 to 1955, for whom the facility is named.

Student-athlete Anna Paradee, 2017 GNAC pole vault champion, said what Western means to her is “excellence” and the renovated Carver facility now reflects that excellence.

In other business, the trustees:

  • Were provided an overview of key initiatives and services supporting Western’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Authorized the sale of bonds to provide funding for a portion of the costs of the Multicultural Center to be built at the Viking Union.
  • Approved emergency rule changes, following violence at other campuses nationally.
  • Discussed a list of new aspirational peer institutions to Western.
  • Heard a presentation on an initiative designed to help WWU increase its international student enrollment and also to broadly benefit the student experience Western fosters.
  • Discussed completion of the annual evaluation of President Randhawa; the trustees also approved a 2.3 percent annual salary increase for Randhawa, similar to what other Western staff received.
  • Recognized Convocation award recipients.
  • Were introduced to the 2017-2018 Associated Students Board of Directors

Meeting documents are available at the Board of Trustees website. The dates for the next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees are Dec. 14 and 15.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Dedication Set for Oct. 13 for Renovated Carver Facility at WWU

Western Washington University will host a dedication, ribbon-cutting and tours of its renovated Carver facility on Friday, Oct. 13

The dedication and ribbon-cutting will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 on the north side of Carver, in the new plaza area behind Bond Hall. The rain location will be Gym D in Carver.

The public is invited. People are encouraged to sign up online if they plan to attend, in order to better gauge the right amount of light refreshments.  Guests who sign up online will receive parking information shortly before the event.

The Washington State Legislature, as part of the 2015-2017 state capital budget, approved the majority of funding for the project. Construction started in August 2015 and was completed August 2017.

The Carver renovation project included 80,918 square feet of renovation, 25,019 square feet of replacement, and 57,885 square feet of new addition for a total building area of 163,822 square feet. The new addition space is largely classrooms and labs.

The project addresses urgently needed seismic reinforcement and hazardous material removal throughout the facility, replaces numerous aging and out-of-date building systems such as fire alarms and security systems, and provides improved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access to classrooms, labs and offices throughout the building.

The renovation provides classrooms, computer labs, movement labs, instructional space, offices, support facilities and gymnasiums for Health and Human Development, Campus Recreation, and Athletics.  It also provides additional general university classrooms. Health and Human Development (formerly named Physical Education, Health and Recreation) offers degree programs for students interested in professions related to kinesiology, P-12 physical education and health, community health education, and recreation, areas of increasing need for the state. Health and Human Development is also is the largest and fastest-growing academic department at Western.

The Carver Academic Renovation and Addition project received approximately $77.4 million in state funds (including $6 million in proceeds from a State Certificate of Participation sale). The project is receiving approximately $4 million in institutional funds from the university to finish construction. The total project budget is approximately $81.5 million.
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:14am

Major Renovation Project Completed at WWU’s Carver Facility; more than 1,000 workers have been on site since work began in 2015

Submitted by thomps94 on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:45am

The major renovation of Western Washington University’s Carver facility is completed and it will be open for the start of fall quarter.

The Washington State Legislature, as part of the 2015-2017 state capital budget, approved the majority of funding for the project. Construction started in August 2015 and was completed August 2017.

Carver Renovation Update -- Furniture Delivery

The renovation of Carver Academic is nearing its fall quarter completion date!

  • Furniture deliveries are taking place this week; please avoid the fire lane/service road between Bond Hall and Carver.
  • Although the building is open for sport camps, the building is not open to the general public. Please refrain from entering the building so that the contractor and university crews can work undisturbed.
  • “Freshens,” the new eatery in the northeast corner, is under construction. 
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:12pm

Commencement will be in Carver, but the building’s still closed until construction completion in the fall

Construction fencing is being removed from the areas around Carver Academic Facility as workers prepare to hold commencement ceremonies in the gymnasium Saturday. But the building remains closed to the public.

Only graduates, their ticketed guests, and authorized WWU personnel will be allowed in the building during commencement. The gymnasium and restrooms in the east end of the building will be open Saturday for the ceremony, while the western end of the building, including academic offices, classrooms and labs, will be closed off.

After commencement, construction work will resume on the building. The bulk of construction is complete on the renovation and addition, but work will continue this summer on final touch-ups, systems testing and other last-minute issues. Workers will also restore the lawn between Carver and SMATE, which had been used as a construction staging area.

Carver Academic Facility is expected to open to the public at the beginning of fall quarter, with a grand re-opening celebration planned for Oct. 13. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:50am

WWU Spring Quarter Commencement Set for June 10 in Carver Academic Facility

Submitted by gallagm7 on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:34am

About 2,045 students will graduate from Western Washington University in three ceremonies June 10 when Commencement returns to Carver Academic Facility, which is nearing the end of a 2-year renovation.

About 1,890 undergraduate and 153 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western June 10. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets.

Carver renovation construction update for March

IMPACTS

  • Pedestrian/vehicular detours remain in place.
  • Contractor continues to mitigate noise, dust and other construction impacts as much as possible.
  • Welding activities are shielded where possible.

 

MARCH

Interior work includes:

  • Wall framing and installation
  • Painting
  • Mechanical and electrical systems installation
  • Fire proofing
  • Acoustical ceiling treatment
  • Acoustical wall panel installation
  • Ceramic tile
  • Gym court flooring
  • Ceiling grid systems

 

The wintry weather poses site work challenges but activities in the north courtyard area include:

  • Grading for pavers
  • Irrigation
  • Preparation for future bike racks

If you have questions/concerns, please contact Dale Krause, construction coordinator at 360-650-4646 or dale.krause@wwu.edu.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 1:57pm

Carver construction: What to expect July 4 to 17

Construction continues on the Carver Academic Facility construction project on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus.

The project includes replacement of the building center section with a three-story addition and wrapping the east and south sides with new structure and glass windows and other exterior openings. The project will address urgently needed seismic reinforcement throughout the facility, replace numerous aging building systems, provide improved disabled access to classrooms, labs and offices, and allow for much better use of academic spaces.

Live video feeds of the construction project are available on the project website from the WWU Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget.

Ongoing Impacts:

  • Pedestrian/vehicular detours remain in place.
  • Contractor continues to mitigate noise, dust and other construction impacts as much as possible.
  • Welding activities are shielded where possible.

What to expect the week of July 4:

  • Central Corridor:
    • Roofing
    • Fireproofing
    • Rough-in mechanical/electrical/plumbing/fire systems
    • Install wall framing, wallboard and door frames
  • 1959 Building/Gym A/B/C:
    • Roofing
    • Block wall installation
    • Patch existing walls and slabs
    • Shotcrete concrete wall reinforcement
    • Wall framing and door frames
  • Gym C South Addition/East Side Addition:
    • Structural framing and decking
    • Wall framing and door frames
  • Gym D/1970 Addition:
    • Patch existing masonry walls
    • Wall framing and door frames
    • Rough-in mechanical/electrical/fire systems
    • Set air handling unit
    • Wallboard installation
    • Roofing
    • Sandblast exterior paint

What to expect the week of July 11:

  • Central Corridor:
    • Roofing
    • Fireproofing
    • Rough-in mechanical/electrical/plumbing/fire systems
    • Wall framing and door frames
    • Wallboard installation
  • 1959 Building/Gym A/B/C:
    • Install roof anchors
    • Block wall installation
    • Wallboard installation
    • Shotcrete wall reinforcement
    • Patch existing walls and slabs
  • Gym C South Addition/East Side Addition:
    • Structural framing and decking
  • Gym D/1970 Addition:
    • Rough-in mechanical/electrical/fire systems
    • Wall framing and door frames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions/concerns, please contact Dale Krause, construction coordinator, 360-650-4646 or dale.krause@wwu.edu.

 

 

Gail Kuromiya, University Planner

Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget

360-650-6199, gail.kuromiya@wwu.edu

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:27pm

Carver construction: Project update

Construction continues on the carver Academic Facility construction project on Western Washington University’s Bellingham campus. This week, Western Today asked Ed Simpson, the assistant director of Facilities Development & Capital Budget at WWU, for more information on the project. Simpson, an architect who has worked at Western for more than 26 years, has been developing and budgeting for the Carver Project for the past decade.

The Carver project is currently undergoing installation of structural framing and concrete floor systems as well as mechanical and electric rough-in, including things like electrical conduit and piping that will be concealed in walls and above ceilings, Simpson said.

“By the end of July, the exterior skin, which is largely a glass storefront system, will start to be installed,” Simpson said.

Simpson projects that the project will be approximately 60 to 70 percent complete by fall. He hopes the building will be up and operational for spring 2017 commencement, he said.

“The most exciting part for me is getting it done,” Simpson said. “We’re anxious to have it done and people using it.”

Many departments within Health and Human Development and Athletics have had to relocate due to the construction. The project includes replacement of the building center section with a three-story addition and wrapping the east and south sides with new structure and glass windows and other exterior openings. The project will address urgently needed seismic reinforcement throughout the facility, replace numerous aging building systems, provide improved disabled access to classrooms, labs and offices, and allow for much better use of academic spaces.

“Incoming freshmen this fall can look forward to watching the development of a building built like no other on campus,” he said.

Live video feeds of the construction project are available on the project website from the WWU Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget.

For questions or concerns about the project, contact Dale Krause, construction coordinator, at 360-650-4646 or dale.krause@wwu.edu. Additional information is available on the project website.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 4:33pm

WWU football’s end, Carver remodel were key moments under Bruce Shepard

Bruce Shepard, Western Washington University’s president for the last eight years, will step down at the end of the day Thursday, June 30.

Shepard’s last day comes nearly eight years since he took the helm and just more than a year after he announced his retirement.

“I think you want to retire when a university is strong,” Shepard said at the time, adding that the seven- to nine-year mark was just about the right amount of time to serve.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:20am
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