The North Dakota University System requires an updated master plan each biennium from every System Campus. UND conducts an ongoing analysis of campus space needs as a part of this master planning process. In addition, the generous support from the North Dakota Legislature for a new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building and renovations and an addition to the School of Law building has meant that UND is looking even more closely at space on campus to meet its immediate, intermediate and long-term needs.
UND President Robert Kelley recently provided the campus community with an update on how the University is resolving some of its immediate space issues.
Buildings to Potentially Be Taken Offline
During the work with the North Dakota Legislature on a new medical school building, a number of buildings were determined to be in poor condition and would require significant repair/maintenance to remain occupied. These buildings (Chandler Hall, Babcock Hall, Strinden Center, Era Bell Thompson Center, 314 Cambridge, Women's Center, Dakota Hall, and Center for Community Engagement) have been designated as candidates to be taken offline.
However, no building will be removed from service until plans are approved for addressing the needs of the current occupants of that building.
In addition, this approach does not assume that the occupants of buildings being taken offline will move into the vacated medical school space. It merely allows the planning to occur to identify highest and best use, with reassignments being made to create improvements for all those impacted by the moves. No decisions have yet been made on the potential usage of the current medical school building. Those discussions will continue as part of the campus and system level master planning, and we are following all SBHE and legislative approval processes as required.
New Student Service Center and Other Memorial Union Moves
Due to its central campus location and the fact that it already houses many other student services, the Memorial Union will become the home of a new service center for students, temporarily called the One Stop Shop. In addition, two committees have been reviewing space options in the Union and have been addressing the need to move two centers out of their current facilities, which are in unacceptable condition. These are the Women's Center and Multicultural Student Services. Multicultural Student Services will now be located on the third floor of the Union (currently occupied by UND Technical Support) and the Women's Center will be located on the first floor of McCannel Hall, next to the Dean of Students Office.
Both of these locations are temporary spaces. After the new Associate Vice President (AVP) for Diversity and Inclusion is hired, one of that individual's responsibilities will be to review space needs for the areas that report to him or her, and develop a plan to meet the needs of the students and campus most effectively. The new AVP's office will be located in Twamley Hall.
A number of other temporary moves will soon take place at the Union as well. Financial Wellness (currently in McCannel Hall) will move to the Union. UND Technical Support (currently on the third floor of the Union) will move to the lower level of the Union. Also in the Memorial Union: University Federal Credit Union and TIAA-CREF are moving to the lower level, and the Athletic Ticket Office will move from the lower level to the first floor. Health and Wellness HUB will relocate to from the first floor of the Memorial Union to the first floor of McCannel Hall, joining the Health & Wellness peer education program.
The process for the moves in the Union and McCannel will begin in March, and the University hopes it will be completed by late spring and/or over the summer.
Other Campus Moves
Other moves are also occurring due to new space and renovations. Institutional Research (formerly on second floor of Twamley) has been moved to the new Information Technologies Building to provide additional collaboration with IT staff. In addition, faculty and staff currently in the School of Law building will be temporarily relocated to Carnegie Hall, Twamley Hall, Strinden Center, and other locations until the Law School renovation and addition are completed. The Affirmative Action Office is moving to the fourth floor of Twamley Hall, and EPSCoR is moving to first floor Twamley Hall.
These transitions require a high level of coordination and cooperation, and President Kelley said he appreciates the patience and support of the Campus during this period.
"I believe in the short-term and long term, all of these moves will provide enhanced space and services to our students, thereby enabling us to serve them better--a common goal for us all, he said in a letter to the campus community," President Kelley said.