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Campus Construction Enhances Renaissance Theme

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on December 10, 2012

by Jason Morash and Logan Wilson

The new Bradley Renaissance movement has changed the shape and culture

of our campus. The university’s 15 year plan is already well in motion and isn’t

stopping any time soon. The campus already has an abundance of new buildings

(the Markin Center, Renaissance Coliseum, the Alumni Center, Westlake Hall, etc.).

But Bradley University still has several plans for the coming future. Get a glimpse of

a new convergence center that no other university in the nation has ever modeled

before. See how campus has changed over the years through a historical timeline,

or see what is in the works in a podcast with student body president Alan Bukingholtz.

Bradley Flexes its Muscles

by Jason Morash and Logan Wilson

In the wake of the Renaissance Campaign and its success, Bradley University is stepping up its game into overdrive.

As the masthead for the new 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, a proposed Convergence Center will bring together the Foster College of Business Administration and the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology.

According to Provost David Glassman, this change hopes to give both business and engineering students an academic edge.

“We are doing what the industry is calling for,” he said. “We need to develop engineers with a business mind. It’s about profitability.”

The project, which has already been in motion for two years, has three main purposes. First, the business college will be replaced and some of its curriculum will be changed. Next, is to substitute and support the engineering college. Finally, the two programs will be brought together by the concept of collaborative education.

“There is a significant opportunity for the students,” said Kim Green, the university’s planning supervisor. “Not only is it a conceptual thing, it is also a physical thing too.”

Included in the estimated 108 available teaching spaces there will also be two innovation and commercialization laboratories. To ensure the labs are properly designed, Bradley has hired a sub-consultant from San Diego. Bradley’s website stated that it will, “provide facilities equivalent to those of a small company where multidisciplinary teams will design, develop, prototype, finance, market, pilot, manufacture and distribute productions.”

The building is planned to be five stories tall and over 300,000 square feet, making it the largest construction venture in the school’s history.

It is also going to be quite expensive. According to Glassman, the project is estimated at $120 million.

“This is one of several initiatives and is highly transformational to the university,” he said. “It will be the high priority to fundraising.”

Currently, the architects, engineers and planners have finalized the draft design for the building. A strike date has not been announced, nor is there an estimated time for completion.

What’s next is an additional design phase including schematic design, design development, and construction documents, which will customize the design to the construction.

Fortunately, there are some solid plans.

According to Green, both Baker and Jobst Halls’ sites will be cleared, with the foundations removed and the buildings completely demolished. Documents show that the complex will occupy most of the Baker Quad with its construction executed in two or more phases.

Logistics appear to be the biggest challenge for this venture. Green said that many components—moving departments to different facilities etc.—would have to be figured out in order for things to go smoothly.

“Their programs have to morph, if you will, to what’s available, [without] compromising the educational experience,” she said. “It will be a flagship for sure.”

One final obstacle is finding the money, but the Renaissance Campaign showed this isn’t difficult. The goal for the campaign was $150 million and the school was able to raise $161 million.

Provost Glassman said he is confident in the alumni’s encouragement for progress.

“Bradley has a strong support from its graduates believing in the university,” he said. “It’s an investment in the next generation.”

The View of the Renaissance

By Jason Morash and Logan Wilson.

In this video report of The Well Informed Brave, Logan and Jason get an inside look into many of the Renaissance buildings on campus. Also, they ask Bradley University students on their thoughts about the buildings. There is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the Renaissance Coliseum where only athletes have access to. Follow Logan and Jason on Twitter: @crashmorash and @toppackerfan.

Interview with Alan Bukingholtz

By Jason Morash and Logan Wilson
In this episode of The Well Informed Brave, we interview student body president Alan Bukingholtz about the construction projects on campus. He talks about the plans for the planned convergence center, his role in all the planning, and his thoughts on the structures completed for the Bradley Renaissance Campaign. Also, he gives his perspective on why he became a Brave and some historical anecdotes about past alumni experiences. Follow Jason and Logan on Twitter: @crashmorash and @toppackerfan.

Historical Walk Through the Ages of Bradley

by Jason Morash and Logan Wilson

This tour through 115 years of Bradley University will show you the progress and improvements made on campus.  From the school’s opening in 1897 to present day, watch and enjoy the evolution before your eyes.

Link to Timeline

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