|The Presidents House in 1890 (Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library)|
Although the house continues to be used for social events and special University guests, Interim President B. Joseph White lives in his own home, making this an ideal time for the renovation, says Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin. The plan approved by Regents is in keeping with our ongoing efforts to maintain the infrastructure of University facilities, says Kasdin.
Work on the infrastructure of the building will include driveway and window replacement, added attic insulation, foundation repairs, upgraded plumbing, heating and air conditioning, asbestos removal, electrical work and lighting upgrades. The cost of the renovation is estimated at $975,000.
I think we need to do whats necessary to keep this jewel polished, said Regent Laurence Deitch in making the motion for the infrastructure work. An important consideration in renovating the home will be preservation of its historic integrity.
In addition to serving as the U-M presidents residence, the home is the host site for visiting national and international dignitaries. It often is used by the president to entertain donors, gather together members of the campus community and host other official functions.