Appalachian State University Faculty Senate Campus Planing Committee 2002 - 2003


  • John Abbott
  • Trish Allen
  • Kevin Kennedy
  • Kathy Simon, Chair



  • considers matters of faculty concern relating to long-range and physical planning
  • serves as Senate liaison with the Strategic Planning Commission; and
  • investigates problems arising from the condition or management of the physical environment on campus

Tasks for 2002-2003


Appalachian State University

Faculty Senate

Campus Planning Committee Meeting Report to the ASU Faculty Senate

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Attending:  Ms. Jane Helm, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs.
       Kathleen Simon (chair),  John Abbot,  Kevin Kennedy,  George Olson.
Unable to attend:  Trish Allen

Faculty Senate Chair Paul Gates forwarded three questions to ask of Ms. Helm.

Q1.  What are plans for faculty and staff parking after loss of Whitener lot?  Will graduate students be excluded from Raley lot?

Faculty and staff parking in Whitener lot will be expected to use Raley lot and encouraged to buy permits for new parking deck once perimeter fence goes up around Whitener Hall, sometime mid Spring 2003.   No one is supposed to park on Rivers Street.   At the same time 300 Whitener spaces are lost, the lot across from Walker Hall (80 spaces) will be closed to make way for the construction of the new Student Recreation Center.
Graduate students permitted to use Raley lot were notified Summer 2002 that they will be given a notification during Spring semester 2003 when they will have to vacate Raley and park in the Stadium lot.  As of 9/24/02, out of  750 spaces available, there were more than 500 paying customers in the parking deck; most of those customers are freshman, and only a few faculty and staff bought permits.  Building of deck initially funded through $ from publicly traded serial bonds; ASU must now make two yearly payments that exceed amount of permit fees from last year and have to make the money up somewhere since ASU traffic office cannot use general funds for this.

Q2.  What are ways to disseminate information to faculty and staff and prevent excessive speculation and rumor on such sensitive issues as parking?

Ms. Helm said she and her staff welcome questions directed to her office.  They have tried to provide information and easy access when requested, such as providing a "readable" copy of the university budget and other documents in Belk Library.  However, she said her office is short-handed because of the staff freeze and would want to make sure that if staff time is spent compiling information, the information will actually be used.
        Former CPC Chair John Abbott reiterated that since there is always turnaround among faculty, it may become necessary for the administration to reissue or repeat some information given in the past.  He also informed those present that some solutions to the dissemination of information had been worked on by last years CPC and that a resolution on a motion "regarding electronic communication" throughout the university community had been passed by the Faculty Senate April 8 and sent to the administration.

Q3.  Rivers Street: Pedestrian issues such as plans for the "bridge" over RS from Holmes Center/Other concerns stemming from fact that university does not control that thoroughfare.

The Rivers Street Bridge is no longer feasible.  Ability to get any more crossing lights on Rivers Street is negligible.

 Ms. Helm informed the Committee on the status of several building projects across campus.

 1.  Campus Child Development Center (Poplar Grove Rd.) addition finished. (Funded by fees.)
 2.  Varsity Gym elevator installation is about complete.
 3.  Parking deck offices due to be occupied during Fall Break.  .
 4.  Residence Halls: Over 10 year period one or two residence halls a year have been scheduled for renovation and repairs.   Doughton Hall scheduled to be off-line.  Needs final approval for renovation, then bid will be out.  (Currently DH temporarily occupied by students assigned residency to Living/ Learning Center.)   Appalachian Heights scheduled for $650,000 roof replacement.
Living/Learning Center status: "Living" side is run by resident housing and is resident funded.    Slight delay for Fall occupancy.  "Learning" side is under construction and paid for by bond $.
 5.  Wey Hall, Smith-Wright, and Walker Hall:    ventilation and other problems to be dealt with.  (Walker Hall and Smith-Wright projects bond $ funded.)
 6.  Roof  replacements for several other campus buildings scheduled.
 7.  Student Union addition/atrium project under construction (funded by student fees).  Fence up.
 8.  Bookstore addition project under construction (funded by bookstore sales).
 9.  "Chiller" (to service new library, bookstore and union) under construction and took away all 20 minute/other  parking spaces servicing the bookstore, infirmary, post office, etc.
Some 20 minute parking spaces (but no more handicapped spaces)  added to Whitener lot.
10.  Three phased $11 million Rankin Science project:  New Annex (in process)  to be completed first, then oldest part of Rankin to be taken down for addition, then newer part of old Rankin to be renovated.
11. B.B. Dougherty Administration Building (bond $ funded)  Three-floor addition recently begun.
12. Turchin Center project slightly delayed.  Phase I (purchase) complete.   Phase II (renovate) and Phase III (additional wing) in process.   (I & II  funded by endowment and ASU Foundation; III bond $ funded.)
13. Student Recreation Center project  (student fee funded) to begin Spring 2003 (Walker Hall parking lot and tennis courts to be forfeited.)
14. Founders Hall: (bond $ funded)  Systems need to be replaced.  Design work has begun.
15. New Library: (bond $ funded)  Project scheduled to begin Spring (March) 2003.  Whitener Hall to be partially boarded up and all of existing parking lot fenced in except for limited access and handicapped parking in the back of building.  In light of General  Admin. system-wide inventory space study a few years ago (which said that we did not use our space efficiently) bond money for library came as part of the agreement to take down Whitener, L.S. Dougherty, Duncan Hall and Coffey Hall.  (Campus plan does not show Duncan Hall to be removed at this point.)
16. Library Parking Deck: (  To be built after Library is complete and Whitener Hall torn down.)
(State-funded project quid pro quo because of loss of 300+ parking spaces.)
17. Renovation of Belk Library: Begin project after new library is occupied (projected  Jan. 05)
18. New Cafeteria: (on present Broome Kirk Gym site) after completion of Student Recreation Center (projected 2005).  (Primarily funded through student food card and food sales.)

Ms. Helm said that the biggest obstacle to campus expansion is that much of the terrain of undeveloped campus property is difficult to develop or is in a flood plain.
--The biggest problem with getting projects begun and completed in a timely manner is that all state projects compete for the same state offices for approval of  plans/documents to begin bid processes.  (i.e., Construction and Insurance.)
?A concern with having to use a high proportion of the parking permit money to pay off the parking deck debt, in addition to paying the costs of the Parking and Traffic operations, is that there are several ASU parking lots scheduled for resurfacing that cannot be attended to because the money is not there.