UA Board Grants Initial OK for Football Center Bond Issue

by Mark Carter  on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 3:39 pm  

A northwest aerial rendering by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of the new University of Arkansas football center.

The football operations center is a part of a proposed $140.6 million bond issue for the Fayetteville campus. Other bond projects include the renovation of Yocum, Humphries, Pomfret, Futrall, Wilson Sharp, Darby and Walton dormitories; the renovation and expansion of Walker and Ozark academic halls; new fitness and technology centers in the Arkansas Union; construction of a new science and engineering auditorium; and an addition to Brough Commons.

Ray Winder Field Property

In other business, the board approved a UAMS recommendation to hire McClelland Consulting Engineers of Little Rock to tear down the grandstand at Ray Winder Field. The firm will convert the area to temporary parking while UAMS determes long-term plans for the property.

Ray Winder is the former home of Little Rock's minor-league baseball team, the Arkansas Travelers, and sits adjacent to the UAMS campus.

UAMS ultimately will build on the property once McClelland helps it determine the best use. UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said the best use could entail a facility to support UAMS clinical, educational or research missions.

Coaches' Salaries

The board also voted on new salaries for 19 coaches, including Razorback offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. His salary increased from $300,000 to $400,000. That doesn't include an extra $50,000 per year provided by the Razorback Foundation.



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