As published in Toledo Business Journal - December 1, 2013
BGSU’s Moseley Hall
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is planning the next project in its Traditions to Tomorrow plan. The campus began with renovation to Olscamp Hall, which opened to classes this fall and serves as the prototype for additional projects. Now the university is planning major renovations for two historic campus buildings, which were part of the original campus.
Moseley Hall is one of the first four original buildings built on BGSU’s campus and is considered part of the Traditions Quadrangle on campus. It was constructed in 1916 and is approximately 43,328 square feet. The university’s board of trustees approved it in 1914 at a cost of $98,855. The last renovations to the building occurred in 2005, according to the university.
The building is four stories tall with a flat roof and buff brick with limestone trim exterior. Tim Burns, BGSU senior project manager, is serving as project manager for the renovation of this building. According to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) the estimated budget for total project cost for Moseley Hall’s renovations is approximately $12.47 million, with construction estimations at $8 million.
After the renovations, the building is planned to house the math department office, math lab, faculty offices, 13 classrooms, two seminar rooms, and six collaboration spaces, among a number of other planned areas.
The other building to take on renovations is South Hall, which is also one of the original buildings on campus, located in the Traditions Quadrangle. This building was completed in 1959 at an estimated cost of $774,000. In 1966 the building received the installation of air conditioning at a cost of approximately $200,000 and in 1969 the building underwent a $387,000 renovation, according to the university. South Hall was last upgraded in 1999 with a roof replacement.
South Hall is approximately 39,350 square feet. According to the RFQ, the estimated budget for total project costs of South Hall’s renovations is approximately $11.68 million, with construction estimations at $7.4 million.
“We’re going to undertake a significant gut level renovation of these buildings,” stated Steve Krakoff, BGSU’s vice president for capital planning and campus operations. “We will gut these buildings down to their exterior walls.”
Krakoff noted that the project is in its very early stages and does not yet have a final plan, timeframe, or amount investment. However, this is part of BGSU’s Traditons to Tomorrow plan. Krakoff stated that the investment in the first part of this plan is estimated at $200 million. Renovations will be funded through state capital funds, bonds, and donations, according to Krakoff.
Dave Kielmeyer, senior communications director at BGSU, noted that this project is designed to accomplish many initiatives, including:
Kielmeyer explained that the buildings will incorporate information technology, new audiovisual equipment, and lighting.
BGSU's West Hall is scheduled to be demolished.
West Hall, near Moseley Hall and South Hall on the “old campus,” will be demolished, according to Krakoff. The school of media and communications, currently being housed in West Hall, is planning to be relocated to South Hall.
Some of the renovations envisioned for South Hall are focused on transforming the area to accommodate media and communications. Krakoff stated that these renovations include upgraded classrooms, faculty offices, a production area, and “small editing rooms where students and faculty can work.”
He noted that the classrooms will be designed as active learning classrooms and include flexible furnishings and new technology.
“(The classrooms) will be pretty exciting places for faculty to teach and students to learn,” Krakoff noted.
Perkins Eastman – an international architecture firm with office locations around the United States, Canada, China, Ecuador, and India – has been chosen to provide architectural services for the campus plan. However, Krakoff stated that the University plans to bring on many Ohio firms to provide services on each renovation project as planning becomes more settled. He did note that transformation of South Hall to accommodate the school of media and communications will be provided by Champlin Architecture, located in Cincinnati.
At this stage in the process, Krakoff stated that designs will most likely be targeting LEED Silver certification.
“There are a lot of things that go into scoring on the LEED scale,” Krakoff noted. “We will probably do a lot related to energy use.”
Some green design elements that will most likely be planned as part of the renovations include energy efficient mechanical systems, upgrades to the building envelope, efficient lighting, and the use of local and regional building materials.
Krakoff stated that so far the university is not able to fully assess the Olscamp Hall prototype since it has only been in use for a couple months. He noted that after spring semester ends in 2014 the university will be able to hold a meeting of faculty and students to discuss likes and dislikes of the changes and incorporate that information into other projects on campus.
Krakoff stated that this project is “another way in which BGSU is showing it’s a ‘university on the move.’”
“We have made significant improvements in building enhancements since I’ve been here. We hope this provides great value to the students,” he stated.