City council hears about Kemper Administration building

Boonville City Administrator gave the Boonville City Council a memorandum on the status of the Kemper Campus at Monday evening city council meeting. According to the memorandum, the Administration building on the Kemper Campus may offer significant challenges for development.
Tessendorf acquired the expertise of Erik Miller of P.W. Architects and Dennis Paul of Septagon to offer an in-depth analysis of the campus.
In the memorandum, Tessendorf stated there is a need to gain a realistic appreciation for the challenges of Kemper in many contexts from fundraising to partnering to demolition.  
“In general, the report found that with the exception of the Administration Building the remaining buildings are in reasonable structural condition.  That being said, there remains significant challenges and costs with several of the buildings,” Tessendorf stated in the memorandum.
Tessendorf stated at this level of analysis no professional will give an estimate. Tessendorf, though, provided rough estimates for cost per square footage.   
“Obviously, the end use defines some of the cost.  Nonetheless, for a building in good structural condition, without any hazardous materials, the cost may range from $150-200 per square foot.  None of our buildings fit this category. All have some degree of environmental issues.  So perhaps $220 per square foot for K Barracks and Academic Hall with upwards of $300 per square foot for D and A Barracks.  The Administration Building is only a wild guess.  There is approximately 150,000 square feet of building excluding the Administration Building and Science Hall,” Tessendorf stated.  
Safety has been a huge concern for the city, especially with the Administration Building. Entry ways are being boarded up so no intruders enter the facility.
“As to the Administration Building, Gary is taking steps to secure the windows etc. that are outside the fence,” Tessendorf stated.  
While being the oldest building on the campus, the Administration Building according to Tessendorf,  has been built, added-on and rebuilt a dozen times over the years.  
“Certain parts of the building are better than others and it may very well be possible to “save” a section or two which are in better condition. This would require further study.  The “better” parts are along Third Street  with the South half being the best.  These are, of course, the more architecturally attractive,” Tessendorf stated.
Once the memorandum was presented, discussion commenced on the campus.
“I do agree and I am glad to hear it will be potentially possible to save the south east corner, which is the original building. For an historical standpoint, I would like to hear more about this option,” Boonville Ward One Councilman Mike Kelley said.
Kelley asked what the council could do to better direct the city on a plan for the campus.
“Dr. Marsha Drennon will be compiling a strategic plan quite soon within five months,” Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher said.
Thacher said she would want to wait to see what her plan is before making any other decisions.
Boonville Ward Three Councilman Ned Beach said he would like some action taken on cost for partial demolition and costs to save parts of the building.
Drennon will be tentatively starting on the Strategic Plan in early November with delivery anticipated in January of 2014.