At a March 30 Student Government Association meeting, Matt Altier, UWF vice president for administrative services, presented upcoming developments and projects on campus.
Altier said there are plans to build parking garages in the future. He said bringing electric cars to the university could help relieve parking in the meantime.
The electric cars, manufactured by Mitsubishi, will be the first models sold in the U.S.
Altier said the cars utilize wireless charging pads and are “extremely green technology.”
“If we can put the project together, we’ll be the first in the nation to do it,” he said.
Altier said the cars could be up and running as soon as the fall semester.
He also said that funding from the Public Education Capital Outlay has ended.
“Our PECO dollars are gone,” he said. “These dollars are used to create buildings and work on new construction.”
According to leg.state.fl.us, PECO is a statewide program that provides funds to school districts from revenue derived from gas, communications and utility taxes. Funding has been running low because of the poor housing market, as well as a decrease in landline use.
“There are still ways to move forward without relying on the state,” Altier said.
Even without PECO funding, Altier said, university construction would continue. He said a new master plan is being developed.
“We put in a request to build a new student union to replace the Commons,” Altier said. “It will be approximately 160,000 square feet and will include a barber shop, a beauty salon and maybe even a movie theater.”
He also said plans to build restaurants on the east side of campus will be developed.
“When planning, we have taken into consideration the location of the nature preserve and sanctuaries such as the eagle’s nest,” he said.
Developments are not limited to the university. Altier said plans would be made to expand downtown Pensacola and attract tourism to the area.
“UWF owns 28 historic buildings downtown,” he said.
He said some of these buildings could be converted into hotels and restaurants.
SGA Vice President Cora Merritt said she wanted to know how students would be involved in future developments at the university.
Altier said surveys have been sent out to students recently, such as the dental program survey.
“We put out as many surveys as we can,” he said.
For more information, visit uwf.edu/sga.
By: Jon Short