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 C-5  Faculty Building Advisory Committee

Committee Membership:
Bose, Henry R. professor, biological sciences
Cleary, Richard associate professor, architecture
Cole, Jessica student, government
Dean-Jones, Lesley associate professor, classics
Dison, Thomas W. director, recreational sports
Fineg, Jerry (vice chair) professor, pharmacy
Garrison, James D. professor, English
Gilbert, Jack (chair) professor, chemistry and biochemistry
Knapp, Mark L. professor, communication studies
Malina Jr., Joseph F. professor, civil engineering
Peña, Nicolette student, communication studies
Todd, Janice S. assistant professor, kinesiology and health education
Wilson, Samuel M. associate professor, anthropology
Administrative Advisers:
Clubb, Patricia L. vice president for employee and campus services
Rishling, John L. associate vice president, Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Sanders, Sidney J. assistant vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction

The Faculty Building Advisory Committee (FBAC) met at least once a month throughout the year. All members of the committee are thanked for their commitment of considerable time and energy to the activities of the FBAC. Some of the actions of the committee are summarized below.

Committee Reviews:

  • Blanton Museum: The overall design for this project had received regental approval, but the final design had not been completed at the time the FBAC reviewed the project. The committee viewed a completed model and elevations for phase I, as well as floor plans for both phases I and II. Phase I will occupy a site on the east side of Speedway (the south end of which will be closed as a result of this construction) and phase II will be on the west side. The committee made a number of recommendations regarding the design of the museum, and these were communicated to President Faulkner in October. In a subsequent review of phase I, it was clear that a number of the recommendations made by the FBAC had been implemented in the final design approved by the Board of Regents.

  • Erwin Center (ERC) and Basketball Practice Facility (BPF): The FBAC reviewed the schematic design for phases II and III of the ERC/BPF project. Phase I, the reconfiguration of seating for basketball in the ERC was completed during Summer 2001. The committee made a number of recommendations regarding the design of phases II and III and submitted these to President Faulkner in November. At a subsequent meeting, updated designs regarding matters such as accessibility and construction materials addressed all of the concerns previously expressed by the FBAC.

  • Hal C. Weaver Power Plant and Electrical Substation: The proposed expansion of the power plant and of the electrical substation that interfaces the University with the electrical grid of Austin Energy was considered by the FBAC, which approved the general schematic designs of both facilities.

  • Pickle Research Center: The master plan for the PRC was presented to the FBAC on an informational basis, but no further action by the committee is necessary at this point in the development of the plan.

  • Indoor Practice Facility: The FBAC twice reviewed the proposed construction of a structure that would allow various intercollegiate athletics teams, as well as the marching band, to practice indoors in the event of inclement weather. This is to be an inflated structure that would be located on one of the Denius practice fields at E. Dean Keeton and Red River Streets. In letters to President Faulkner in January and February, the FBAC expressed its concern about the "temporary" nature of the facility (the expectation is that the facility will be in place for approximately ten years), the general appearance of the structure, particularly since it will be part of the eastern "gateway" to the University, and the possibility that the height of the facility might block views of the campus from the upper level of IH 35. In its February letter to the president, the committee recommended that an alternate site for this project be identified.
Finally, the FBAC developed a resolution mandating that any academic buildings on the main campus that are proposed for construction or renovation have a minimum of 15% of its assignable space allocated for general-purpose classrooms. This resolution was passed by the Faculty Council at its February meeting and forwarded to the provost for further consideration.

  John C. (Jack) Gilbert, chair

This document was posted on the Faculty Council Web site, www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on July 29, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

  Last updated:July 29, 2002
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