Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 14, 2012

Regents approve several facilities projects; rename UM-Dearborn School of Education

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

UM-Dearborn changing name and scope of School of Education

Regents approved the UM-Dearborn School of Education becoming the College of Education, Health and Human Services, effective September 2013.

It has been UM-Dearborn’s longstanding goal to develop a suite of health programs to meet increased student and industry demand, grow enrollment and provide distinctive programs in southeast Michigan.

The change comes after work by a UM-Dearborn Health Programs Committee consisting of faculty representing scholarly disciplines across academic units and colleges as well as key staff members. The committee recommended 10 potential interdisciplinary health-related programs, and recommended that such programs be housed in a revamped college.

Along with adding health programs to the education curriculum, the university will offer an undergraduate social work degree on the UM-Dearborn campus in collaboration with the UM-Flint Department of Social Work. Through this innovative partnership, students will have the opportunity to earn an accredited undergraduate social work degree.

Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory moving to NCRC

The Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL) will relocate from the Carl A. Gerstacker Building and the Space Research Building to Building 22 at the North Campus Research Complex to accommodate the lab's equipment.

A renovation of approximately 8,900 gross square feet on the ground and first floors of Building 22, including mechanical system and networking upgrades, is planned to create the new home for the EMAL. The $4.375 million project is being funded by the College of Engineering and the Medical School and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014.

Life safety improvements planned for Martha Cook

A fire suppression system will be installed at the Martha Cook Building, a residence for approximately 140 students, as part of the ongoing Residential Life Initiative. The $2.3 million project is being funded from University Housing resources and is scheduled to be completed next fall.

New regional chiller plant to serve South and West quads, Michigan Union

A new regional chiller plant will be constructed within the lower basement of South Quadrangle to serve that building, as well as West Quadrangle and the Michigan Union. University Housing resources will fund the $8.5 million project which is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.

Schembechler Hall project moves forward

The Board of Regents gave final approval for the Glenn E. Schembechler Hall entrance and museum renovation project that will create a new entrance for the home of Michigan football that integrates the building's museum area.

The $9 million project will add approximately 7,000 gross square feet of space to Schembechler, as well as renovate approximately 7,000 gross square feet of existing space. Athletic Department resources and gifts are funding the project, which is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014.

Final approval given for Wall Street parking structure

Authorization to issue bids and award construction contracts was received for the Wall Street East Parking Structure project. The project will add 530 spaces to the university's parking system near the medical campus. Parking resources will fund the $34 million project, which is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014.

Central Power Plant improvements planned

The Central Power Plant boiler feed water system will be upgraded to increase boiler system efficiency, reliability, life expectancy and redundancy through the replacement of the existing 1940s deaerators with modern units. Utility resources will fund the $5.75 million project that will be completed in the fall of 2014.