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South Campus planning continues

Possible changes to South Campus would better meet the University's athletic programmatic needs while keeping in mind the historic context and environmental concerns of the area, University Planner Sue Gott told the Board of Regents at a June 19 meeting.
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A new Academic Success Center is planned between Yost Ice Arena and the ticket office. The baseball and softball fields could be relocated to make room for a multipurpose indoor fieldhouse and a wrestling and basketball practice facility. New baseball and softball fields would be built along South State Street, where the Commuter Lot is located.

"Oosterbaan Fieldhouse is currently operating beyond its capacity," Gott said. "This new indoor fieldhouse would relieve Oosterbaan and be complementary to it."

She noted that the regents have approved the selection of an architect for the Academic Success Center. Other facility proposals are in the early planning stages, and have not yet come to the regents for approval.

A recruiting lounge, which would be adjacent to Crisler Arena, also has been identified as a need, Gott said.

The money for all the proposed projects would come from fundraising efforts, says Mike Stevenson, executive associate athletic director. Pending approval by the regents of the schematic and final designs, construction of the Academic Success Center currently is scheduled to start next spring, he says.

Additionally, 200 spaces are being added to the State Street commuter lot this summer, bringing the total to about 680 spaces. During the school year, the lot often is at or near capacity, Gott said.

All of the proposed projects for South Campus will follow three guiding principles, Gott said: respecting historical context, enhancing environmental systems and remaining flexible to accommodating future programmatic requirements.

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