A key goal of Southeast's Title III Project is to renovate six outdated life science teaching laboratories located in Magill Hall (constructed in 1958). The costs of construction will be covered by a combination of federal grant and university match funds. The intended outcomes are to:
|Title III Project Director:||Dr. Chris McGowan
Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture
|Renovations Project Manager:||Lisa Howe
Senior Project Manager, Facilities Management
|Radiation Safety Officer:||Dr. Walt Lilly
Professor of Biology
|Chemical Hygiene Officer:||Dr. John Kraemer
Assoc. Professor of Biology/Environmental Science
|Architect for the anatomy and physiology laboratories' renovation||Amee Louise Boettcher, affiliated with Pellham Phillips Architects & Engineers, headquartered in Springfield, MO.|
|Construction contractor for the anatomy and physiology laboratories' renovation||Nip Kelly Equipment Company, headquartered in Cape Girardeau, MO.|
|Architect for the overall renovation of Magill Hall and remaining Title III laboratory renovations||The Clark Enersen Partners, Science & Research Design Group, headquartered in Kansas City, MO.|
|Construction contactor for the overall renovation of Magill Hall and remaining Title III laboratory renovations||River City Construction, L.L.C., headquartered in Peoria, IL.|
In October 2010, the University’s Board of Regents approved issuing bonds to fund campus-wide infrastructure improvements including $17.9 million for renovating the Magill Hall of Science in its entirety. The goal of the Magill Hall renovation is to replace antiquated HVAC systems, improve energy efficiency, remediate hazardous materials and correct accessibility issues throughout the building.
Through the bond-funded overall building renovation, Title III project rooms will be even more modernized with the complete replacement of mechanical and electrical systems in the building; the replacement of exterior windows; and the furring out and insulation of exterior walls. Greater conformance with OSHA standards and ADA guidelines will result from the installation of a building-wide fire protection sprinkler system and elevator fire curtains on each floor.
In the building's new schematic design, spaces are aggregated by scientific discipline, a floor plan which will provide greater opportunities for the utilization of shared equipment and a more functional and collaborative environment for faculty and students.
The new adjacency of the animal museum to the animal biology teaching laboratory and of the herbarium to the plant biology teaching laboratory will also provide students with more experiential learning opportunities. In light of the new floor plan, Title III renovating has been expanded to include these two collection rooms which increases, from 7,889 to 10,474 square feet, the amount of deferred maintenance which project renovating will address.
|October 2011 – July 2012||Construction of the reconfigured animal biology, plant biology and biology education teaching laboratories,the biology department's animal museum and herbarium, six preparation rooms, and one storage room.|
|November 2010 – August 2011||Design development of all Title III Project rooms which remain to be renovated. These are the animal biology, plant biology, biology education and interactive biology teaching laboratories, associated preparation rooms, and the biology department's animal museum and herbarium.|
|February 2011 – October 2011||Demolition and hazardous material abatement of the eastern half of Magill Hall, the location of the animal biology, plant biology and biology education teaching laboratories, seven preparation rooms and the biology department's herbarium and animal museum.|
|October 2011 - July 2012||Demolition and hazardous material abatement of the western half of Magill Hall, the location of the interactive biology teaching laboratory and an adjacent preparation room.|
|May - July 2012||Modification of the renovated anatomy and physiology teaching laboratories and the preparation room between them. The rooms' systems are modified to interface with the building's new mechanical systems; exterior windows are replaced; and exterior walls are furred out and insulated.|
|August 2012 – July 2013||Construction of the reconfigured interactive biology teaching laboratory and adjacent preparation room.|
By the conclusion of grant year four, six life science teaching laboratories and 12 adjacent teaching related rooms were renovated to OSHA code and ADA accessibility guidelines and reconfigured to faciliate technology-resourced, inquiry-rich teaching.
Deferred maintenance needs were reduced by 10,746 square feet through the replacement of out-dated plumbing, wiring, light fixtures, windows, cabinetry, sinks, faucets and shelving with updated, energy efficient infrastructure, fixtures and furnishings.
To resource the new curricular modules and pedagogical innovations, each renovated laboratory is being equipped with the following new teaching tools:
In the anatomy and physiology teaching laboratories:
In the animal biology teaching laboratory:
In the plant biology teaching laboratory:
In the interactive biology teaching laboratory:
Additional teaching tools for the renovated laboraties (e.g., microscopes, computers, computer software, colorimeters, spectrophotometers, balances, aqua racks, cameras, microcentrifuge, multicell plate reader, slides, animal skeletons, etc) will be purchased and installed in Project Year 5 following the completion of all building renovations.
To assess student satisfaction with the remodeled facilities, a Biology Room Condition Survey was administered, pre project renovating, in all six biology teaching laboratories in 2008 and 2010 and, post project renovating, in the anatomy and physiology teaching laboratories in 2011, and in the animal biology, plant biology and biology education teaching laboratories in 2013. In 2014 the survey will be administered in the remodeled interactive biology teaching laboratory.
A comparison of pre and post survey results thus far shows that student satisfaction with room comfortableness, attractiveness, efficiency and safety has increased substantially post remodeling.
Of the 34 room condition items surveyed, students were more satisfied post renovating for 30 of these items in the biology education teaching laboratory, 32 in the animal biology and anatomy and physiology I teaching laboratories, 33 in the plant biology teaching laboratory and 34 in the anatomy and physiology II teaching laboratory.
Analyzed for statistical significance using the Mann Whitney U-Test (p< .05, one-tailed) the results show that 93% of the "more satisfied post renovating" answer trends were statistically significant, and that none of the "no change or less satisfied post renovating" answer trends were statistically significant.
|Teaching Laboratory||# of items with a trend of "more satisfied post renovating"||# of "more satisfied post renovating" trends statisically significant||# of items with a trend of "no change" or "less satisfied post renovating"||# of "no change" or "less satisfied post renovating" trends statistically significant|
|Total for all five rooms||161||149||9||0|