February 18, 2004
school to get new facility
plans have not been finished on project to update the
Bailey Building and construct new building for the School
Plans are underway to renovate the Bailey Building and
construct a new education building, university officials
Bronson Davis, vice chancellor for university advancement,
said the architectural firm, Omnivision, should be finished
drawing the blueprints by late March.
No plans have been finalized for the $10 million project,
said Will Stallworth, associate vice chancellor for facilities.
The project team has not held its first meeting and no
timeline has been established, he said.
The 18,000 square-foot facility will be built between
the Ballet Building and the Bailey Building, said Mary
Lane, assistant to the dean in the School of Education.
The Math, Science and Technology Institute modular building
will be demolished to make room for the new building.
Lane said the new three-story building will better accommodate
the growing education school. The school had 390 students
in 2003, an increase of 46 students since 2001.
The new building will house more classrooms, a graduate
office and the Math, Science and Technology Institute,
Students said the new building is needed so education
classes wont be spread across campus.
Classes are all over the place, said Brooke
Bounds, a sophomore early childhood education major. We
need a lecture hall and more classrooms. With a new building,
wed have better access to our professors.
The Bailey Building, built in 1914, was the fifth building
to be built on campus. It will be gutted and renovated,
but its exterior will be saved for historical importance,
The Bailey Building is outdated and badly in need
of renovation, she said.
The building hasnt been renovated since 1958 when
Mary Ann and Robert Bailey donated money to improve the
building after the Brite Divinity School moved to its
current location, Lane said.
After renovation, which includes the addition of an elevator,
the building will be used primarily for office space,