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The ISF will eventually replace Clippinger Laboratories.

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Process to develop new science building shared with University community


The following message was sent to faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences regarding plans to develop an Interdisciplinary Science Facility in place of plans to renovate Clippinger Laboratories.

Dear Colleagues:

What began as a project to consider renovations to Clippinger Laboratories has become an effort to define the parameters for a new building we are referring to as the Interdisciplinary Science Facility (ISF). During the conceptual design phase, we discovered that the costs for renovating Clippinger likely exceed the cost of a new facility that better meets the needs of our academic programs.

The project team recently completed the conceptual design phase. In this phase, new ideas were created and explored. This process included:
· gathering input from academic, facilities and safety units;
· collecting data for similar recent projects at other universities, with the possibility of future visits by the project team to other successful facilities.

Earlier this summer, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on behalf of the project through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to solicit proposals from consultants to assist in performing a detailed planning and programming study of the project, with extensive input from University stakeholders, and to facilitate the critical programming decisions that will affect the design and function of the new facility. This will be followed by the preparation of rough plans, or schematics, that show a general model of where rooms will be located, the placement of doors and windows, the structural plans or drawings for a building's mechanical systems such as plumbing and electrical functions and how the building is intended to function overall. This process will factor in special design considerations necessitated by instructional and research activity, and will also address the optimal siting for the facility.

Dick Planisek with the office Design and Construction is coordinating the consultant selection effort. Assisting him are:
· Peter Harrington, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
· Greg Nadon, Professor of Department of Geology
· Arthur Smith, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
· Joseph Shields, Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College

The programming and schematic design phases are expected to take about a year, ending in October 2014

Once schematic design is complete, the project proceeds as follows:

Design – Bid documents will be created that include drawings, details, and specifications for the project. Once the design phase is complete and accepted by all major university entities, and funding is in place, the bid process and construction will begin. Review and acceptance of the project will involve these entities:
o Academic Units occupying the Facility
o VP Research
o Provost Office
o Facilities (Design & Construction, Safety & Risk Management, Maintenance & Operations)
o Office of Budget, Planning, & Analysis (University Planning)
o Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FPAC)
o Capital Funding and Priorities Committee (CFPC)
o Board of Trustees
o Others as appropriate

Bid Process – The group will take on a bidding process to decide who will complete the work and how it gets accomplished.  

Construction – Building and assembling of infrastructure. Total construction phase will probably take in the range of 30 months. Review and acceptance of the project will involve these entities:
o Academic Units occupying the Facility
o VP Research
o Provost Office
o Facilities (Design & Construction, Safety & Risk Management, Maintenance & Operations)
o Office of Budget, Planning, & Analysis (University Planning)
o Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FPAC)
o Capital Funding and Priorities Committee (CFPC)
o Board of Trustees
o Others as appropriate

Sincerely,

Robert A. Frank
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Joseph C. Shields
Vice President for Research & Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College

Dick N. Planisek
Director of Facility Programming
Ohio University