Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 16, 2011

Regents back capital projects, Crisler expansion, Med Inn improvements, new clinic and land purchase

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

Initial approval for capital projects on Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint campuses

The regents gave initial approval for three projects that were part of the fiscal year 2011 capital outlay request to the State of Michigan.

On the Ann Arbor campus, a $47 million project is planned to renovate the George Granger Brown Memorial Laboratories building. The project will create state-of-the-art academic and instructional spaces, update the building's infrastructure, improve energy efficiency by replacing the windows, improve accessibility and provide new finishes in public spaces. Once the Legislature authorizes construction, the state will fund approximately $30 million and the university will fund the balance with university investment proceeds and resources from the College of Engineering and the Office of the Provost.

In Dearborn, a $51 million renovation of the Science Building and adjacent Computer Information Science Building is planned. The project will create updated laboratory and classroom spaces for the Department of Natural Sciences, and updated computer science laboratories and classrooms for the Department of Computer Information Science. The project also will update the shared infrastructure of the two buildings, including new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and life-safety systems. Once the Legislature authorizes construction, the state will fund approximately $30 million and the university will fund the balance with UM-Dearborn resources.

On the Flint campus, a $22.17 million project to renovate the William R. Murchie Science Building is planned that will upgrade the classrooms and laboratories within the building to expand the campus's programs, better prepare K-12 science teachers, and better prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Once the Legislature authorizes construction, the state will fund $16,627,500 and the university will fund the balance with UM-Flint resources.

Crisler Arena expansion moves forward

The $52 million project to renovate and expand Crisler Arena received its final approval. The project includes new construction of approximately 63,000 gross square feet that will create new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas and a private club space. Renovation of approximately 54,000 gross square feet will accommodate accessible seats, improve circulation and egress, increase restrooms and concessions, and add other fan amenities. The project is being funded by the Athletic Department and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014.

Electrical improvements planned for Med Inn

A $1.5 million project will replace the electrical substation and associated power panels and risers at the Med Inn building. Hospital and Health Centers' resources will fund the project, which is scheduled to be completed next spring.

UMHHC plans new ophthalmology clinic in Ypsilanti

Two ophthalmology locations in Ypsilanti will be consolidated into one clinic site to improve access and efficiency of patient care. A $1.148 million project is planned to renovate space leased at the River Place Offices building on North Huron River drive to create the new clinic. Hospitals and Health Centers' resources will fund the project, which is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2012.

Property purchase approved

The regents approved the university's purchase of an apartment building adjacent to Weill Hall and South Hall. The property at 716 Oakland Avenue will be purchased for the negotiated price of $730,000, with the purchase from university investment proceeds.