The University Record, November 19, 1996

REGENTS' ROUNDUP

Note: Regents' Roundup appears as a semi-regular feature in The Record.

Regents accept $26 million in gifts to the U-M
The Regents formally accepted a total of $26,124,475 in gifts received by the University during September and October of this year.

The total included $17,320,503 from individuals, $3,831,754 from corporations, $3,351,296 from foundations, and $1,620,922 from associations and others.

 

Norten will be Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
Enrique Norten, the Elliot Noyes Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will become professor of architecture, with tenure, and the Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University. His appointment is effective Jan. 1.

 

Samors promoted to
assistant vice president

Robert J. Samors, government relations officer for research since 1992, has been promoted to assistant vice president in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

His new appointment was effective Nov. 15.

 

Administrative
appointments approved

Administrative appointments approved by the Regents included:

William A. Gosling, assistant director for technical services and systems and librarian at the University Library, will serve as interim director of the University Library, effective Jan. 1-June 30.

David Schoem, adjunct assistant professor of sociology, was reappointed as assistant dean for undergraduate education of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, effective Jan. 1, 1997-June 30, 2000.

Harrison L. Morton, professor of forest pathology, was reappointed associate dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective July 1, 1996-June 30, 1997.

Edward A. Snyder, professor of business economics and associate dean of the School of Business Administration, will become senior associate dean, effective Nov. 1, 1996-Oct. 31, 2001.

Gary M. Olson, professor of psychology and professor of information and library studies, will serve as associate dean of the School of Information, effective Sept. 1, 1996.

James E. Leonard Jr., clinical associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will serve as chair of the department, effective Oct. 18, 1996.

 

$6.5 million will expand, renovate School of Dentistry
The Board of Regents approved the proposed improvements to the School of Dentistry's facilities.

"The project would include expansion and renovation to the Kellogg Building by constructing a three-level addition to the north side, enclosing the outdoor courtyard with a skylighted atrium, and renovating selected portions of the north wing," says Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack.

"The project would build approximately 15,000 gross square feet of new space and renovate approximately 13,000 gross square feet of existing space within the Kellogg Building."

The project, Womack said, will address the following needs: "expand the School's current Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry; provide a more functional layout for the Orthodontic Clinic with added clinic chairs that will accommodate its faculty teaching load; create additional lecture/seminar rooms; and create a continuing education office/reception area."

The project's preliminary cost estimate is $6.5 million and funding will come from private gifts and the School.

The Regents also named Jickling Lyman and Powell as the project's architect.

 

Proposed $18 million
parking structure gets nod from Regents

The Regents approved the proposed parking structure, for 1,000 to 1,200 cars, located east of the School of Dentistry at Palmer Drive on the Central Campus.

"As demand has increased and spaces have been lost to new building sites, we have reached a point where new construction is recommended," Womack says. "That point was reached in early 1996 when virtually every Central Campus parking structure became filled to capacity on a regular basis."

Womack explains that the proposed structure would be designed to be accessible from Washtenaw Avenue and "to enhance a highly visible edge of the Central Campus. As a part of the design process, we would include conceptual design options resulting in placement of the parking structure to maximize the future academic development potential of the area, such as plant service space, and the ability to create an additional pedestrian connection that links the Central Campus with the Medical Center over Washtenaw Avenue."

The estimated cost of the parking deck is $18 million. "It is presently anticipated that all or part of the project will be financed by the issuance of tax exempt debt. Debt financing will be secured by a pledge of revenues of the Parking System and amortized over a period of 30 years. As the project becomes more defined, we will return to the Regents for design approval, budget approval and approval to issue the project for bids."

The Regents named Luckenbach/Ziegelman and Partners, in association with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, as the project' architect.

 

Regents vote renovation of several facilities, buildings, systems
The Board of Regents approved these renovation projects:

 

"The Stockwell Residence Hall Building is supplied with domestic hot water supply and return from the Central Power Plant through the tunnel system," Womack says. "The pipes are in bad repair and any further leaks cannot be easily repaired. The existing black iron piping will be replaced with new copper piping." The project is estimated to cost $225,000.

 

"The Athletic Department proposes to construct various upgrades to the existing Fisher Baseball Stadium. The work will be completed in phases as private funds are secured.

"Phase I will construct a 2,000-square-foot softball locker facility, which will include a conference room, coach's locker room, taping area, and storage. Phase II will construct a 10,000-square-foot facility that will enclose the existing batting cage area and connect it to Phase I. Phase III will include upgrades to dugouts and the press box, window replacement and brickwork to the Stadium exterior, replacement of bleacher planks with upgraded seats, and field lighting." The Athletic Department received a gift pledge of $400,000 that will provide funding for Phase I.

 

"North Hall is a four-story building being served by a traction-type elevator installed in 1899. This project would replace the existing elevator with a new hydraulic-type elevator meeting Michigan Barrier Free requirements, at an estimated cost of $350,000.

 

"The elevator serving the Central Campus Recreation Building, Margaret Bell Pool and the Dance Building was installed in 1954 and upgraded in 1977. The elevator will be replaced by a new hydraulic-type elevator meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at an estimated cost of $264,000.

 

"The College of Engineering proposes to renovate approximately 30,000 square feet of first floor and mezzanine space in the Dow Building for an Integrated Machining Systems Laboratory. Included would be the interdisciplinary research centers in machining that are presently located in several buildings as well as the interdisciplinary education program in manufacturing. The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million w th funding from a National Science Foundation grant, the College of Engineering, and Plant Utilities.

 

"The piping and expansion joints in the low pressure steam line in the tunnel running under Hatcher Graduate Library South are in poor repair. Also, domestic hot water supply and return lines in that portion of the tunnel system are in bad repair. They will be replaced at an estimated cost of $500,000.

 

"The anticipated expansion of the Business School Complex and other work in the State Street and Hill Street area necessitates an underground duct bank for 13.2 kv electrical distribution lines as well as telecommunication lines. The project is estimated to cost $800,000.

 

"Last April the Regents approved a project to remodel and expand Hoover Building A at an estimated cost of $890,000. Since that time, the opportunity has arisen to relocate the Interior Design Department of Plant Extension to a location contiguous to the other Plant Extension departments. At the same time, the project provides the opportunity to replace an old underground steam line which provides service from the South Campus Health Plant to both Hoover Building A and the Administrative Services Building. To accomplish these objectives, it is proposed that the budget be increased to $1,350,000 with funding from Plant accounts.

 

"The U-M-Flint proposes a renovation project that will create office space, totaling 11,000 gross square feet, in the Classroom Office Building (CROB) for the Nursing Department; Graduate and Research Department; Philosophy Department and Logic Laboratory; English/Communications Department; Project for Urban and Regional Affairs. The project's estimated cost is $277,500."

 

Gift will expand
Tennis Center construction

The Regents approved the revised budget for the proposed Tennis Center construction.

"Last March, the Regents approved Phase II of a comprehensive Tennis Center Plan," Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack says. "Phase I was for a building with eight indoor tennis courts. Phase II was for 12 outdoor tennis courts at an estimated cost of $1 million.

"Because we have received a substantial donation, we are now requesting approval to increase the scope of work for Phase II to include items originally deferred, such as permanent seating for spectators, a tournament management area, security lighting, and various walkways and landscaping.

"The revised project is estimated to cost $2.2 million. A pledge of $1.5 million has been received and the balance is expected to be provided through private donations and, to the extent necessary, from Athletic Department reserves."

 

Cardiology will get new equipment, reconfiguration
The Regents approved the proposed space reconfiguration for Cardiology's diagnostic and treatment areas on the B1 level of University Hospital.

"Cardiology's clinical programs have grown in volume, outpatient composition, complexity, and technology, and the current facility no longer meets operational needs," Womack says.

"The reconfiguration removes the majority of facility barriers to maximize operational efficiencies and provides a more patient-oriented environment. The project will also include a new procedure room to be used for both adult electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization procedures, and replacement of the electrophysiology system. Each one requires a Certificate of Need."

The project is estimated to cost $4,496,400, of which more than $3 million is for equipment.