Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 19, 2012

Regents cancel January meeting, approve work at UM-Flint and Power Center

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

Regents cancel formal session for January

Regent Denise Ilitch announced that in place of the formal Board of Regents meeting in January, the board would instead meet for an extended informal session Jan. 17-18, 2013.

Those sessions, she said, are scheduled for Los Angeles so regents can meet with major donors and alumni in California and thought leaders in higher education who are based in California.

She said the board also would use the extended time together to welcome and orient two new regents who will be elected Nov. 6. Regents Olivia P. Maynard and S. Martin Taylor are not seeking re-election.

The board will resume its regular schedule of informal and formal sessions in Ann Arbor on Feb. 21, 2013.

Capital outlay project on Flint campus moves forward

The Board of Regents approved the schematic design for a project that will renovate approximately 85,000 gross square feet of the William R. Murchie Science Building at UM-Flint.

The $22.17 million renovation will add instructional laboratories for chemistry and biology and associated support spaces as well as update infrastructure, including a new fire alarm, backup generator, telecommunications cabling, and select mechanical, lighting, exterior envelope and accessibility improvements.

The state Legislature approved capital outlay funding for the project in Public Act 192 of 2012. The State of Michigan will fund 75 percent of the project with the balance coming from UM-Flint resources. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.

Power Center to receive electrical upgrades

The electrical substation as well as electrical system components at the Power Center for the Performing Arts will be upgraded to meet current code and safety requirements. The $2 million project is being funded from the university’s General Fund and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2014.