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The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that are adequate to serve the needs of the institution's educational programs, support services, and other mission-related activities.

 

 
 


Southeastern is in compliance with Financial and Physical Resources Comprehensive Standard 3.10.7.

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For the purposes of this standard, adequate physical facilities are those of sufficient size in kind and in quality to meet the requirements of the educational institution as well as those of professional organizations that provide accreditation or certification of the University's educational programs. In addition, the University's physical facilities must provide an attractive, comfortable learning environment that draws students, faculty, and staff to the institution.

Southeastern's Physical Facilities
The main campus of the University, consisting of approximately 363 acres, is located in Hammond, Louisiana, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, just north of New Orleans and east of Baton Rouge. In addition to the main campus, the University owns approximately 450 additional acres within the city limits of Hammond, near the Hammond Regional Airport. As indicated in the University of Louisiana System's Capital Outlay Plan, the University has the authority through the System's Board of Supervisors to purchase additional land with self-generated revenues as needed. The City of Hammond is located at the corner of two major interstate highways (Interstate 55 and Interstate 12), which have contributed to the University's rapid growth from the mid-1980s through the fall of 2004, when enrollment almost doubled from 7,900 students to 15,662 students.

As mentioned in other parts of this Compliance Certification, including Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1, the University began a strategic planning process, which produced the University's first comprehensive strategic plan, Vision 2000. Addressing facility needs became an important aspect of that planning process, and in 1995 the University embarked upon creating a comprehensive facility planning master plan. This task was broken down into three phases:

  1. The first task was to carefully evaluate and analyze the existing campus facilities, documenting them with CAD drawings. This analysis included campus buildings as well as campus infrastructure.
     
  2. The second phase was to create a comprehensive space analysis that would document the University's current space needs by academic and administrative function as well as estimated future needs based upon projections over the next five years. The University worked closely with the University of Louisiana System staff, the Louisiana Board of Regents staff, and the State Facility Planning and Control staff, contracting with Edu-Plan to create the analysis. Completed in December 1996, the Space Needs Analysis identified University space needs by academic and support departments. This was one of the first such documents created for an institution of higher education in the State of Louisiana and was helpful to the University in documenting its space deficiencies. This analysis assisted the University during its annual Capital Outlay Request to obtain much needed capitol funding for new construction and renovation.
     
  3. The final phase of this process was to create a comprehensive facility planning masterplan which could assist the University in its facility growth over the next 20 years. Because of the success of the first two phases in developing the facility masterplan, State Facility Planning and Control provided $160,000 to contract with Foresite, a joint venture between two architectural firms, to create such a plan.

The creation of this Facility Planning Masterplan was a team effort among faculty, staff, and community within the University environment, as well as the University of Louisiana System, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and State Facility Planning and Control. This Masterplan provided a foundation for

  • establishing formal geometry of the original campus core through the location of existing and future buildings;
  • identifying the physical network for pedestrian and vehicular circulation; and
  • providing architectural guidelines, campus frontage guidelines, and landscape guidelines for future campus developments.

Because of this collaborative effort, the University has been very successful over the past ten years in obtaining funds, both public and private, for capital outlay projects on the University campus. Table 1 lists capital outlay projects initiated at the University since 1995.

Table 1
Capital Outlay Projects 1995-2004

Date

Project

Approximate Cost

Additional Square Footage

Renovated Square Footage

Status

1995

Purchase and Renovation of Westside Elementary School

$4,000,000 purchase and
$4,575,000
renovation

125,000 sq. ft.

60,000 sq. ft.
North Campus Basic Studies

Completed

1995

Repair of Buttresses at the University Center

$750,000

   

Completed

1996

Construction of Arts & Science Classroom and Office Building (Fayard Hall)

$13,000,000

100,000 sq. ft.

 

Completed

1996

Pennington Student Activity Center

$9,300,000

80,000 sq. ft.

 

Completed

1997

Biology Building Renovation and Expansion

$12,800,000

66,000 sq. ft.

22,000 sq. ft.

Completed

1998

Teacher Education Center Renovation and Expansion

$6,800,000

40,000 sq. ft.

12,000 sq. ft.

Completed

1998

Southeastern Oaks 320-Bed Apartment-Style/ Dormitory Style/ Student Housing Complex

$7,900,000

85,062 sq. ft.

 

Completed

1999

Columbia Theatre Renovation (Downtown Hammond)

$5,500,000

38,000 sq. ft.

38,000 sq. ft.

Completed

1999

War Memorial Student Union Renovation and Expansion

$3,200,000

10,000 sq. ft.

16,600 sq. ft.

Completed

1999

Upgrade of Various Mechanical Components on Campus (Performance Contracting)

$7,450,000

   

Completed

1999

Livingston Parish Literacy & Technology Center

$4,700,000

42,000 sq. ft.

 

Currently in Construction

2000

Classroom Building Renovation (Meade Hall)

$4,200,000

 

30,000 sq. ft.

Ready to Bid in FY 2005

2000

The Village 270-bed Housing Facility/Organizational Housing

$7,300,000

73,290 sq. ft.

 

Completed

2000

Pottle Hall Repairs

$685,000

   

Completed

2002

Renovation of Various Buildings for the Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies

$8,300,000

17,000 sq. ft.

60,000 sq. ft.

In Design

2002

University Center Roof Panel Repairs/ Replacement

$1,020,000

   

Currently in Construction

2002

Southeast Louisiana Business Center

$1,064,000

17,000 sq. ft.

17,000 sq. ft.

Completed

2003

Revitalization of Housing on Main Campus

$55,000,000

Approximately 400,000 sq. ft.

30,000 sq. ft.

Currently in Design and Construction

2003

Upgrade and Expansion of University's Electrical Distribution System

$1,500,000

   

In Design

Total Approximate Cost

$159,044,000

 

 

 

Office of Facility Planning

As a result of the above renovations, the University has approximately 2,500,000 gross square footage, of which assignable square footage is as listed below by space type (Table 2).

Table 2
Assignable Square Footage by Space Type
Space Type
Assignable Square Footage

Classroom Facilities

171,724

Laboratory Facilities

136,131

Office Facilities

284,053

Study Facilities

109,390

Special Use Facilities

233,912

General Use Facilities

299,903

Supporting Facilities

96,038

Medical Care Facilities

7,167

Residential Facilities

271,366

Unclassified Facilities

39,626

Total Assignable Square Footage

1,649,310

Office of Facility Planning

Data on University facilities within the State of Louisiana is managed by the Louisiana Board of Regents, and information on all state universities, including Southeastern, can be found in the Board's 2003 Facilities Inventory and Utilization Study located on its web site. The Louisiana Office of Facility Planning and Control also maintains data on all buildings in the state, including universities; information on Southeastern's buildings can be found on its web site.

In order to better serve the needs of the University's educational programs, support services, and mission-related activities, Southeastern has the following off-campus facilities:

  • Columbia Theatre
    Located in historic downtown Hammond, the Columbia Theatre was originally built in 1928. Through a joint partnership with the City of Hammond and the Downtown Development District, the Theatre was restored to its former grandeur and elegance, and reopened in 2002. Providing students and the Northshore community additional cultural event opportunities, the Theatre includes a gallery and conference center, an administrative office, and a performance hall that seats 900.
     
  • St. Tammany Center
    The St. Tammany Center is the result of a partnership with the St. Tammany Parish Government, providing the University with a 25,000 square foot facility leased at favorable rental rates in St. Tammany Parish, the second largest feeder parish for the University. The St. Tammany Center offers classes and labs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

     
  • Baton Rouge Nursing Center
    Located near Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital in Baton Rouge, this facility was constructed in 1981 in order to provide clinical opportunities for Southeastern's nursing students. The Baton Rouge Center provides space and resources for teaching and research activities, and the majority of the upper division activities of the School of Nursing are conducted at this Center.
     
  • Livingston Literacy and Technology Center
    This facility is currently being constructed and is the result of a partnership between the University, Livingston Parish School Board, and Lafayette-Opelousas Division, Western District of Louisiana Court. With an anticipated completion date in December 2004, the facility will serve as a satellite educational center for the community of Livingston, as well as a training ground for faculty, students and the community as a whole. The area occupied by Southeastern will be utilized for clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic space, as well as typical classroom and faculty support areas. Livingston Parish School Board will utilize similar classroom and support facilities, and will sponsor training in some vocational areas.

     
  • Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station
    Located on Pass Manchac between Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, Turtle Cove is a research and teaching facility containing laboratories, living quarters, ancillary equipment, and port facilities for coastal environmental research. Several boats equipped for field sampling and research are docked at the facility for use by University faculty and graduate students during data collection trips. Some field-oriented courses and weekend and summer workshops are held wholly or in part at Turtle Cove.
     
  • Southeast Louisiana Business Center
    Southeastern Louisiana University's Southeast Louisiana Business Center is a regionally-based facility designed to facilitate economic development in the Northshore community. The Center is located in a newly renovated 17,000 square foot, two-story New Orleans French Quarter style building with close proximity to the Southeastern campus. Thirty-seven offices, plentiful parking, professional management, great location, and a 5,000 square foot training center make the facility ideally suited for a regional economic development center.

Deferred Maintenance
The University's Physical Plant has a comprehensive state-of-the-art work control system. Items identified as needing repair that cannot be completed in a timely manner are included on the University's Deferred Maintenance List. The University is required, as part of the Capital Outlay Request, to include its comprehensive list of deferred maintenance needs. The State of Louisiana currently defines deferred maintenance needs as ADA code improvements, major repairs, and reroofing. Directors of the Office of Facility Planning and the Physical Plant meet twice a year to review this list and evaluate priorities. Table 3 lists the amounts received by the University from the State of Louisiana towards deferred maintenance.

Table 3
Funding for Deferred Maintenance Activity

Fiscal Year Ending

Amount

1994

$ 795,487

1995

$ 397,743

1996

$ 397,743

1997

$1,577,459

1998

$1,577,459

1999

$1,374,091

1999 Supplement

$ 60,460

2000

-0-

2001

$ 931,652

2001

$ 412,287

2002

$ 432,801

2003

$ 86,564

2004

$ 639,930

Total Funding

$7,743,025

In addition to the above funding, the State of Louisiana is making a concerted effort to evaluate all buildings on state college and university campuses. The review categories have been established as site problems, building problems, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, safety, and fire alarm improvements. During the current fiscal year Southeastern evaluated 400,000 square feet under this plan. Plans are underway to complete an evaluation of all remaining campus facilities in the 2004-2005 fiscal year if full funding is available.

In addition to state funding for deferred maintenance, the University has funded facility renovations in an effort to improve the aesthetics and learning environment of its students. The following is a list of examples:

Table 4
Examples of University-funded Facility Renovations
Project

Amount

D Vickers Hall

$375,000

Taylor Hall (2003 Minor Repairs )

$200,000

Taylor Hall (1999 Shower Repairs)

$200,000

White Hall

$100,000

Dyson Hall Entrance and Accessible Ramp

$ 90,000

North Campus Financial Aid Phase I

$170,000

North Campus Financial Aid Phase II

$200,000

North Campus Financial Aid Phase III and Corridor Air Conditioning

$300,000

North Campus Human Resources

$100,000

North Campus Textbook Rentals

$290,000

TV Studio

$300,000

Southeast Louisiana Business Center

$192,000

Presidential Plaza
(matching funds with Student Government Association)

$ 75,000

Office of Facility Planning

The Student Government Association has also become a major participant in improving the campus environment by providing in excess of $500,000 for campus beautification projects, including the following examples:

  • Twelve Oaks Courtyard, $200,000
  • Library Tunnel, $120,000
  • Presidential Plaza (matching funds with University), $ 75,000
Plans for Capital Improvements 2004 through 2009
Requirements for replacement, expansion, and renovation are prioritized and funded in accordance with goals established within the University's strategic plan, Vision 2005. The Capital Outlay Category and Prioritization Criteria of the Louisiana Board of Regents include accreditation requirements, external agency studies, environmental and health issues, existing space, available funding, and existing building conditions. During the capital outlay request cycle, the University prioritizes its requests by matching these criteria with priority guidelines provided by the State of Louisiana:
  1. master planning,
  2. code requirements and/or un-funded mandates,
  3. technology and infrastructure,
  4. new campus start-ups,
  5. renovation of existing facilities,
  6. timely land acquisition,
  7. utilizing vacant campus buildings, and
  8. the construction of new space.

The University's Capital Outlay Request is submitted and approved by the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Board of Regents. The Board of Regents consolidates all higher education public institution requests into one document and submits this to the Louisiana Division of Administration. The Board of Regents Guidelines for Capital Outlay Budget Requests can be found on its web site. The University of Louisiana System guidelines can be found on its web site. The University currently has a Five Year Capital Outlay Plan.

 

 
 
Document

Location

Historical Research of Physical Development of Southeastern Louisiana University

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/docs/
historical_research_physical_development.pdf

Capital Outlay Bill

http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/documents/capital_outlay_bill.pdf

Southeastern's Space Needs Analysis

www2.selu.edu/documents/docs/space_needs_analysis/Index_Page.pdf

Facility Planning Masterplan

http://www2.selu.edu/Administration/Depts/FacPlan/introduction.html

Louisiana Board of Regents, 2003 Facilities Inventory and Utilization Study

http://www.regents.state.la.us/Reports/facilities/2003/contents.htm

Local Copy:
http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/documents/BoR_Facilities_Inventory.pdf

Louisiana Facility Planning & Control, Facility Information: Southeastern Louisiana University

http://www.gcr1.com/fpc/bldlist1.asp?SITE_CODE=2-53-004

Local Copy:
http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/documents/
La_Facility_Planning_Facility_Info_Southeastern.pdf

Deferred Maintenance List

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/docs/Deferred_Maintenance08-02-04.pdf

Louisiana Board of Regents, Capital Outlay Category and Prioritization Criteria

http://www.regents.state.la.us/pdfs/Finance/prio-03.pdf

Local Copy:
http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/documents/BoR_capital_outlay_
priority_criteria.pdf

Louisiana Board of Regents Guidelines for Capital Outlay Budget Requests

http://www.regents.state.la.us/pdfs/Finance/CommentsFY2005-06.pdf

Local Copy:
http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/documents/BoR_CommentsFY2005-06.pdf

University of Louisiana System State Board of Supervisor's Capital Outlay Policy

http://www.uls.state.la.us/site100-01/1001055/docs/chapter_6.pdf

Local Copy:
http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/documents/chapter_6.pdf

Five Year Capital Outlay Plan

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/docs/CapitalOutlay.pdf

 

 

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