Thursday, January 12, 2017

Planned CASS site might move from McGuinn Diamond Hall to Gaither Gym parking lot

On Friday, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee will consider a proposal to change the site of the new Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) Building from McGuinn Diamond Hall to a Wahnish Way parking next the Jake Gaither Gymnasium.

The “analysis/overview” section of an action item request prepared by the administration stated that the modification would produce “a net decrease in cost of approximately $208,000.” It said that one big reason for this is that FAMU would avoid the costs associated with demolishing the McGuinn Diamond.

“With no additional building or structural demolition requirements and a flat site, the site preparation costs will be substantially reduced,” the document said.

The total cost of the CASS will be $39,355,000. The Florida Legislature has already provided $12,655,000.

According to the action item request: “The FAMU Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) is designed to be a multipurpose building serving as a one-stop shop for programs like recruitment, admissions, financial aid and enrollment management.  This building will also house registrar, scholarship office, counseling services and the Center for Disability Access and Resources.” 

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