Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 18, 2009

Roundup of action by the Board of Regents

The following items were approved by the Board of Regents at its meeting Thursday.

Renovations, addition planned for Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute
The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory (MMPL) will undergo renovations to approximately 10,000 gross square feet that will create state-of-the-art lab spaces for energy research at the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. An addition of approximately 10,000 gross square feet to MMPL will be constructed to house the institute’s administrative functions. The $11.1 million project will be funded from university investment proceeds, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Engineering.

North Campus Research Complex buildings to be updated
Approximately 92,000 gross square feet of administrative space within four buildings at the North Campus Research Complex will receive new paint and carpet to prepare them for the relocation of Medical School administrative offices currently in leased space off campus. The Medical School will fund the $1.8 million project scheduled for completion in the spring of 2010.

Final approval for renovation of Couzens Hall
The Board of Regents authorized issuing the Couzens Hall Renovation project for bids and awarding construction contracts provided the bids are within budget. The $49 million project will include new fire suppression, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, renovated bath facilities, wireless high-speed network access, and accessibility improvements. New community spaces for living-learning activities will be created out of the former dining and kitchen areas vacated by the consolidation of dining services at the Hill Dining Center. Housing resources and university investment proceeds will fund the project, which is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2011.

New women’s hospital to be named after Von Voigtlanders
The Board of Regents approved naming the new women’s hospital the U-M Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital after the late Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander. The U-M Health System has received a gift of $15 million from the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation. It is the largest gift ever made to UMHS for women’s health. The new hospital is scheduled to open in 2012 as part of the new $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital complex now under construction.