Construction continues to hit campus like a wrecking ball with changes to Colbourn Hall beginning to make some headway.
UCF plans to update the current building so it's usable while a new adjacent building is constructed. Then, once the new building is complete, the current building will be demolished.
A resolution in support of the new building near Colbourn Hall and renovations to the 40-year-old building passed favorably with two senators voting opposed. The project had previously passed through the Finance & Facilities Committee and the Board of Trustees as a whole, unanimously.
"The resolution is meant to show the sentiments of the Student Senate that they support the construction of the new Colbourn Hall building adjacent to the current Colbourn Hall building," said SGA President Weston Bayes. "A copy of the resolution, if passed on third reading, would be sent to people who are integral to the process going forward."
Bayes said he is unsure why some senators voted against the resolution, but he personally supports the construction of a new building, as the current structure has some facility issues and is not the most functional or updated building on campus.
There was some lengthy debate among senators for the second reading of the resolution, which took place July 10. However, some senators, including Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Alanna Fulk, encouraged others to support the resolution because the project will proceed either way.
"This is just a resolution saying we're in support of what they're doing because it impacts the UCF community," Fulk said at the most recent Senate meeting.
Senate will revisit the resolution July 24 for a third reading.
In a previous interview, UCF spokesman Chad Binette said the Board of Trustees Finance & Facilities Committee approved the allotment of $21.3 million to construct a 75,000-square-foot replacement building on the north side of Colbourn Hall.
Concerns have been raised in the past regarding exterior leakage and water intrusion in the building. Binette said that the university has been considering renovations of the exterior walkways and staircases, as well as adding insulation, waterproofing and interior finishes. In addition, it needs a replacement of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
In April, Binette said a complete renovation would cost $19 million. It was decided that completing all of the renovations in phases would not be feasible because UCF would need to temporarily relocate offices of nearly 200 faculty members.