Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Improve existing facilities to enhance the connections between students’ academic and cocurricular experiences

Action Taken

  • Established two task forces to develop recommendations on how to expand and improve graduate, medical, and undergraduate residences, as well as fitness, recreation, dining, and community spaces on campus
  • Implemented some short-term solutions, including a new fitness facility in the Bear’s Lair in 2002–03
  • Created 24-hour study and lounge spaces in Keeney Quad, New Pembroke, Barbour Hall, Andrews Hall, and Faunce House
  • Initiated renovation of lounges and community spaces
  • Allocated new funding to improve the student dining program
  • Opened two satellite fitness centers in Keeney Quad and Emery Hall in fall 2004
  • Received a $5 million gift from Susan P. Friedman ’77 and Richard A. Friedman ’79 to renovate approximately 14,000 square feet on three levels of the Sciences Library, responding to one of the University’s highest priorities for a centrally located study and gathering space
  • Selected Architectural Resource Office (ARO) as architects for the Friedman Study Center in the Sciences Library
  • Established a student governance/advisory council for Student Activities Office
  • Completed Friedman Study Center in January 2007
  • Added meal plan options to respond to students’ extended daily schedules and draw more students into campus dining facilities
  • Completed major review of alcohol policies
  • Approved budget and planning for conversion of J. Walter Wilson Lab to a centralized student services and curricular support center
  • Received consultant report on athletic and recreational facility needs as part of athletic master planning; began work on priorities with Athletics Advisory Council and senior administration
  • Revised Nelson Fitness Center program to ensure the project will meet the future needs of the University; new program includes additional space for community interaction and for recreational sports. An additional gift of $5 million from Jonathan Nelson ’77 will help support the expanded program
  • Initiated Campus Conversation Series, colloquia for all members of the Brown community to hear about and discuss research and work at Brown
  • Installed assistive technologies in Friedman Study Center to better serve students with disabilities. Available 24 hours a day, these technologies include reading tools, voice activation, screen enlargement, and voice-to-text tools
  • Installed two additional turf fields for varsity, club sport, and intramural use; resurfaced varsity outdoor tennis courts
  • Replaced lighting in Meehan arena for vast improvement in on-ice lighting and significant energy savings
  • Began construction of temporary pool for aquatics program and recreational swimming while new swim center is designed
  • Received consultant report on facility and program needs for University Health Services
  • Completed temporary pool and opened facility for aquatics program and recreational swimming in January 2008
  • Secured funding for expanded hours in University Health Services
  • Made upgrades in Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center and OMAC for improved lighting, flooring, bleachers, and equipment
  • Made improvements to student practice and performance spaces in T.F. Green Hall, Alumnae Hall, and Salomon Center
  • Completed construction of the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, a 38,815 square-foot, three-story, interdisciplinary arts center fully funded by $40 million in philanthropic contributions. The Granoff Center is a revolutionary new building dedicated to encouraging faculty and students to create bold new directions for research, teaching, and production across the boundaries of individual arts disciplines and among artists, scientists, and scholars
  • Celebrated in April 2011 the topping-off of Brown’s new aquatics and fitness center, a multi-faceted project that will include the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, the Nelson Fitness Center, the David J. Zucconi ’55 Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center, and the Ittleson Quadrangle
  • Named the Kasper Multipurpose Room in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center with a gift of $2 million from two Brown Corporation members

  • See Phase II for other recent actions that support this objective

Action Needed


  • Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services
  • Senior Vice President for University Advancement

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