Buena Vista University is proceeding with plans to enclose the east entrance to the Siebens Forum building with an above-ground structure featuring a domed top of spandrel glass and copper covering. Project cost is estimated at $1.3 million.
The current entry, with broad open steps leading to the entry doors well below ground level, has caused concerns for the fire marshal and in snow removal, as well as leaking in the library area. Most of the funding is reportedly already available in the Forum's endowment accounts. Construction is expected to begin this summer and finish by fall.
According to the student newspaper, The Tack, several other projects have been considered and addressed at a recent campus meeting:
* Discussions of a multiple-tiered parking garage near the new Science Center has been dropped, as board of trustees officials feel growth of the campus may go in that direction, and they do not wish to have the garage at a central campus point one day.
* Renovation of the old Science Center is expected to begin in the fall, as the new building opens. The former Science Center will host the social science department and part of the art program. Building upgrades will be made as funds allow.
* The addition to Smith Hall is behind schedule, but will be completed this summer. The addition includes a new entry and an elevator system. Repairs to the floors of White Residence Hall are also expected this summer.
* A President's Advisory Council is being formed to include influential leaders of the region. So far, 14 people have been contacted, and the first council meeting is expected April 30.