PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University regents will elect officers for 1998-99 at their meeting Friday, March 6. The board convenes at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre, following morning committee meetings.
Among action items to be considered is approval to implement a contractor/construction manager process for two major facilities on the Pullman campus.
A public hearing is scheduled Thursday, March 5, to receive comments regarding the university’s intention to use the contractor/construction manager method for the planned Student Recreation Center and the Teaching and Learning Center. A departure from the traditional approach of contractors bidding on a project only after final designs are completed, the process calls for contractors to compete for selection to participate in the development of final project designs and to complete the construction.
The Student Recreation Center is a $35 million project, planned for a site east of the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum and expected to be completed in December 2000. It is being paid for through student fees. The Teaching and Learning Center is estimated at $32 million, with completion expected in August, 2001. It will be located south of the Public Safety Building on Wilson Road and constructed above a multistory parking structure. The center will house General Education, the University Writing Program and the Center for Teaching and Learning. It will contain state-of-the-art, flexible classrooms, auditoria, computer labs and faculty offices.
Regents also will be asked for authority to proceed with design and construction of a $3.7 million physical plant shop facility on the WSU Vancouver campus and the second phase of the Valley Road Multi-Use Recreation Fields on the Pullman campus, a $1.6 million project paid for by student fees.
University officials also will report on a recent study comparing WSU faculty salaries with those at peer institutions.

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