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Friday, April 19, 2013

Board of Regents set meeting schedule, vote on improvements

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a meeting schedule for the next three years that includes regular meetings in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Both those cities have hosted Board of Regents’ meetings in the past, but not on a regular basis. The most recent meeting in Detroit was in 2011; in Grand Rapids it was in 2010.

In each of the next three years the board will maintain its schedule of 11 monthly, one-day meetings with no meeting in August. In 2014, the October meeting will be in Grand Rapids instead of on the UM-Flint campus. In 2015, the March meeting will be in Detroit instead of on the UM-Dearborn campus. In 2016, the May meeting will be in Grand Rapids.

The board has been meeting once each year on the Flint and Dearborn campuses. In the coming years, the board will meet annually on either the Flint or the Dearborn campus, with the other date being used for a meeting in Grand Rapids or Detroit.

Regents also took action on the following items:

Renovations at UM-Dearborn approved

The design for the $51 million renovation of the Science Building and adjacent Computer Information Science Building on the campus of UM-Dearborn was approved.

The project will create updated laboratory and classroom space for the Department of Natural Sciences within the Science Building, and upgrade infrastructure shared with the adjacent Computer Information Science Building.

The project was part of the fiscal year 2011 Capital Outlay Request to the State of Michigan, which will fund $30 million of the project, with the balance funded by UM-Dearborn. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.

The Fairlane Center, just east of the main UM-Dearborn campus, will undergo renovations to approximately 8,200 gross square feet on two floors to accommodate offices for the English Language Proficiency Programs, the Labor Studies Center, the existing data center, and collections and offices of the Armenian Research Center.

UM-Dearborn is funding the $1.48 million dollar project scheduled for completion in winter 2014.

Design approved for Clements Library project

The Board of Regents approved the design for a project involving the comprehensive renovation of the infrastructure of the William L. Clements Library. The project will include an underground addition of approximately 7,500 gross square feet to house portions of the library’s collection and mechanical equipment. The $16.8 million project, funded from gifts and university investment proceeds, is scheduled for completion in summer 2015.

Dry research collection relocation project moves forward

The design was approved for a project that will renovate approximately 71,000 gross square feet in the Varsity Drive Building. It will accommodate the relocation of dry research museum collections, associated lab spaces, and some offices for the Departments of Anthropology, Paleontology and Zoology. The project will create several environmentally controlled areas to protect the collections. LSA is funding the $27.45 million project, scheduled for completion in winter 2015.

Final approval received for new School of Nursing building

The board authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts to build a 78,000-gross-square-foot facility for the School of Nursing to accommodate its instructional space needs. The site is just north of the school’s home at the North Ingalls Building. University investment proceeds will fund the $50 million project scheduled for completion in fall 2015.

University Hospital sterilizers to be replaced

A $1.6 million project at University Hospital is planned to replace three large ethylene oxide sterilizers with newer units that will eliminate the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons in the sterilization process. Approximately 700 gross square feet will be renovated to accommodate the new equipment. The Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the project, scheduled for completion this fall.