|| Faculty Building Advisory Committee
|Bose, Henry R.
||professor, biological sciences
||associate professor, architecture
||associate professor, classics
|Dison, Thomas W.
||director, recreational sports
|Fineg, Jerry (vice chair)
|Garrison, James D.
|Gilbert, Jack (chair)
||professor, chemistry and biochemistry
|Knapp, Mark L.
||professor, communication studies
|Malina Jr., Joseph F.
||professor, civil engineering
||student, communication studies
|Todd, Janice S.
||assistant professor, kinesiology and health
|Wilson, Samuel M.
||associate professor, anthropology
|Clubb, Patricia L.
||vice president for employee and
|Rishling, John L.
||associate vice president, Campus Planning and
|Sanders, Sidney J.
||assistant vice chancellor for facilities planning
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.
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.
- 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
||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.