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The Auburn University Board of Trustees at its meeting on Friday, Nov. 18, approved building projects in a variety of campus areas, including student housing, the College of Veterinary Medicine, Public Safety and Athletics.

The architectural firm of Goodwyn Mills Cawood of Birmingham was selected as the project architect for the first phase of a multiphase student housing project. Dan King, associate vice president of Facilities Management, said the board previously agreed to build new student housing in an effort to provide campus housing for all interested incoming students.

Foil Wyatt Architects and Planners was selected as project architect for an expansion project at the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Jackson, Mississippi-based firm was initially engaged to design the hospital when it was built. The renovation will add about 7,800 square feet to the basement to create a clinical pharmacology laboratory and research space.

The board also approved a project to renovate and expand the Public Safety Building along Magnolia Avenue. By renovating the current space and adding 5,100 square feet, the building will be able to accommodate additional police officers from the City of Auburn, provide a stormproof emergency operations center and improve space for the public safety staff. The project will require $4.8 million from university general funds.

For Jordan-Hare Stadium, the board agreed on a plan to widen the north main concourse by 18 feet, allowing the area to accommodate more pedestrian traffic. The Athletics Department will fund the $1.9 million project as part of its effort to continually improve the stadium and provide a better atmosphere for fans. King said construction will start soon and will be completed before the 2017 football season.

Additionally, the board approved adding the following to the university’s Mission Statement: “Auburn University recognizes the importance of promoting an inclusive and diverse environment that supports the growth and success of all. We believe that the contributions of diverse cultures, ideas, and life experiences combine to create an enriched and engaged campus community for the Auburn Family.”

Provost Tim Boosinger said the recommended addition came from the committee charged with implementing the recommendations of the 2016 Climate Study on Inclusion, Equity and Diversity.

“These words reflect Auburn University’s desire to uphold the importance of inclusion and diversity in our mission and operations,” he said.

The university’s Mission Statement was first developed in 1995, approved by the Board of Trustees in 1997 and amended in 2004.

In other matters, the board approved the following:

  • Adding a pre-professional option, non-thesis, to the existing Master of Science in biological sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics

  • Establishing a Master of Science in engineering management, with four options: manufacturing, occupational safety and ergonomics, product innovation and systems in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

  • Establishing a Master of Science in architecture with an option in public interest design in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction

  • Revising the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum in the Harrison School of Pharmacy to better reflect the evolving role of pharmacists as leaders in providing preventative health and wellness services and as health care educators

  • Confirming the appointment of Trustee Elizabeth Huntley to the Trustee Selection Committee

  • Granting the university president the authority to modify harvest and timber sale plans for Auburn University forest lands when unforeseen circumstances arise; also the authority to convert forested land to pasture at the North Auburn campus for research purposes.