SC: Terri, how are things coming along with the
construction of Phase II? It’s gone from a sea of red
clay to what looks like the skeleton of a building
TC: The project is proceeding well. We are currently tracking
ahead of schedule. Demolition of the old physical plant in
March marked the beginning of site prep and construction.
Foundations for both the Advanced Engineering Research
Laboratory and Dwight L. Wiggins Mechanical Engineering Hall
are now complete, and the above-grade work on the structures
started in August.
SC: Who are the contractors working on the project?
TC: Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management is the
construction management firm providing oversight for eight
primes: Rabren General Contractors, AMCO, Zebra Construction
Company, Wayne J. Griffin Electric, TAC Americas, Scott
Laboratory Solutions, FC Fire Protection and Mowrey Elevator.
HOK of Atlanta is the architect.
SC: What will they be working on next?
TC: The buildings are being constructed simultaneously. Due to
site and access constraints, the phasing of work is planned for
the structure of the Advanced Engineering Research Laboratory
to flow slightly ahead of Wiggins Hall. We anticipate the shell
of the buildings to be complete in February. Then the building
envelope, which includes the roof, masonry, doors and windows,
should begin in March and be complete in September.
SC: That’s a lot of progress. What’s the next step?
TC: The substantial completion date is targeted for June 2011.
Once the building is released, furniture and equipment delivery
and installation and final punch list corrections and inspection
will take place to allow the building to be occupied. We plan to
have faculty, staff and students ready to begin classes in the new
buildings in January 2012. The commons and outdoor quad area
will also open at that time.
SC: There are many gathering areas in Phase I of Shelby
for students to study and interact between classes. Can
we expect the same interior design in Phase II?
TC: There will be open galleries inside the Phase II buildings
similar to those in Phase I. However, those in the new phase will
be treated somewhat differently. In Phase I, there is seating and
student study space. In Wiggins Hall, there will be a designated
student study space off of the main gallery as well as upstairs.
There is also space for student organization offices and much of
the lower level is dedicated to student projects. However, the
first floor galleries of both buildings will be used as display and
reception areas with some bench seating.
SC: I’ve heard that the old generator that once lit all of
Auburn will have a new home in Phase II… is that true?
TC: That’s true. The old dynamo, which has been temporarily
relocated behind Broun Hall due to construction, will have a
new home in the gallery of the lab building. It will be part of
a larger historical display that will include images from the
SC: Phase II will be home to the Department
of Mechanical Engineering and the Advanced
Engineering Research Lab. Can you tell me about any
features that will be found in the new labs?
TC: Phase II will include more than 45,000 square feet of lab
space in both buildings. The advanced lab building will include
a nanoelectronics clean room on the lower level for use by
several departments. The upper floors are reserved for flexible
lab space, which has been designed for a variety of research
needs that the college might have at any given time. In the
past, labs like these were designed for specific end users, then
renovated and updated for the next user. Today, it’s more
effective to build them in a way that allows them to be used
for many different types of projects and purposes. One of
these flex labs on the third floor is initially being designed with
biomedical engineering research in mind.
SC: On warm afternoons, the courtyards and porticos
of Shelby Phase I are buzzing with students. Can you
tell us about the exterior spaces of the final project?
TC: When finished, the buildings will form a completed quad
of the Shelby Center. The exterior spaces will form a central
walkway and gathering area, the Carroll Commons, which is
a green mall that will connect to the main north and south
pedestrian walkways of campus. Once complete, the pedestrian
corridor will provide students with walkways from Magnolia
Avenue, past the Haley Center, Jordan-Hare Stadium, the
Student Center and parking deck at Plainsman Park, all the way
to the residence halls on the south side of campus. There will
also be an east and west pedestrian connector between the
Lowder Building and the engineering precinct.
SC: What aspects of the new MRI Research Center at
the Auburn Research Park will you be working on for
TC: I represent Dean Benefield and the college for planning,
design and construction on the new Auburn University MRI
Research Center. Many of us have been hoping a project like
this would come to Auburn. We received board approval
this spring for an expedited schedule. The design should be
completed by the end of this year. With bids scheduled for early
2010, construction is scheduled to be complete fall 2010.
SC: I hear that your husband is an Auburn Engineering
He is. Eric is an ‘89 civil engineering grad. We have two sons,
Jacob, 10, and Jeremy, 7, who are probably two future Auburn
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