Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 19, 2010

Regents approve construction projects, property purchases, fireworks show

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

Renovations planned at Modern Languages Building

LSA will renovate approximately 24,000 gross square feet on the basement and second levels of the Modern Languages Building to house its Instructional Support Services Media Center, currently in leased space, and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures Film Editing group, currently at the Argus II Building. The $2 million project will be funded from LSA resources and is scheduled to be completed next summer.

New library planned at School of Education

The School of Education will renovate approximately 4,800 gross square feet on the second floor of the School of Education Building to create the Brandon Professional Resource Center and Archive, a 21st century education library to house digital records of professional practice and study resources and provide student study and collaboration areas. The $1.4 million project will be funded by a gift, the School of Education and university investment proceeds, and is scheduled to be completed next fall.

Property purchases approved

The regents approved the university’s purchase of three properties in Ann Arbor. Two apartment buildings adjacent to the Institute for Social Research, 439 South Division Street and 443 South Division Street, will be purchased for the negotiated prices of $919,425 and $805,575, respectively. A single-family house at 963 Wall Street contiguous with university property will be purchased for the negotiated price of $350,000. All three purchases will be funded from university investment proceeds.

Fireworks display approved for Big House hockey game

Pre-game, in-game and post-game fireworks will be on display at "The Big Chill at the Big House.” Regents approved the use of close-proximity fireworks for the Dec. 11 outdoor hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State at Michigan Stadium. ACE Pyro, LLC Company, which is based in nearby Manchester, will execute the fireworks show.