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UCA Board approves footprint of five Greek houses

Posted: December 16, 2013 - 8:35pm

At their meeting Friday, the UCA Board of Trustees voted to approve where five of the houses at the Greek Village would sit.

The five sorority houses impacted by the vote will rest on Lots 1 through 5 — three houses on Donaghey Ave. and two on Augusta Ave.

The board also had an opportunity to vote on the exterior facades of the buildings, but the decision was made to ask to see more designs. Five designs were presented to the Greek Village Steering Committee by the firm Caradine Companies Architectures. The steering committee selected three designs to bring before the board, but some board members thought three facades did not provide enough variety.

“I think they look really good ­— all three of them — I just think it would be nice if they were all a little bit different,” said board member Kay Hinkle. “Most people don’t want a house that’s exactly like someone else’s.”

Prolonging the discussion of the exterior design will not delay any building progress, and President Tom Courtway said there may be a special board teleconference to discuss options when they are presented.

Representatives from the architecture firm said they will continue looking around campus to incorporate existing architectural details to create more options for the houses.

Also at the meeting, the board of trustees heard options for the Lewis Science Center renovation.

Currently, the building is 100 percent occupied and has not been expanded since 1987. The university retained Stuck Associates, WER Architects and RFD Lab Consultants to assess the existing building.

The board was told by Gene Castin with Stuck Associates the recommendation is to build a new 50,000 square-foot building adjacent to the existing Lewis Science Center for new labs and then renovate the science center.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $25.5 million.

“The good news is that Lewis can be renovated,” Courtway said.

No vote was taken at this time as the report was just for informational purposes. The board could vote in February on approval to proceed with the design of the new building.

(Staff writer Angela Spencer can be reached by email at angela.spencer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1212. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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