Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 22, 2010

Roundup of action by the Board of Regents

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

Crisler to undergo major renovations

A $20 million renovation of Crisler Arena was unanimously approved. Renovations to the arena, which opened in 1967, would be completed over time using a phased approach. The first phase would address the highest priority infrastructure needs such as repair of the roof, electrical, plumbing and air handling systems. Lower bowl seats also would be replaced, with the expansion of seating for people with disabilities, the addition of handrails and other code-related issues. Read more

Capital outlay request submitted to the state

In December the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses each submitted annual requests for capital funding and a five-year capital plan to the state of Michigan. When the Legislature and the governor make capital-outlay funding available for a university project, it usually provides two-thirds of the cost of a construction project. The Ann Arbor request is for the renovation of the G.G. Brown Laboratory Building for $64 million. The Dearborn request is to renovate the Science Building and the Computer Science Building with their shared infrastructure for $51 million. The Flint request is to renovate the labs and classrooms in the Murchie Science Laboratory Building for $22 million.

Basketball player development center receives final approval

Regents authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the planned player development center for the men’s and women’s intercollegiate basketball programs adjacent to Crisler Arena. The approximately 57,000-gross-square-foot facility will house two basketball practice courts, locker rooms, training, coaching and support spaces. Athletics Department resources and gifts will fund the $23.2 million project, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011.