Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 22, 2013

Regents increase collegiate professorships, approve several projects

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

Number of collegiate professorships increases

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the creation of 50 additional collegiate professorships, bringing the total number of the faculty honors available to 280.

Collegiate professorships are one of a number of honors that can be awarded to senior faculty members. Faculty members are appointed to these professorships by the Board of Regents, based upon the recommendation of the provost and dean of the professor’s school or college.

“The collegiate professorships continue to be an important means of honoring distinguished faculty and have contributed significantly to the university’s ability to retain some of its most prestigious faculty,” Provost Phil Hanlon wrote in requesting approval of the increase.

Appointments typically are for five-year renewable terms with an annual stipend of $3,000. The honors are funded by the schools and colleges.

South Quad renovation wins final approval

The Board of Regents authorized issuing the South Quadrangle Renovation project for bids and awarding construction contracts. The $60 million project will renovate approximately 106,700 square feet of space to provide expanded dining facilities for the Central Campus neighborhood, update bathrooms throughout the building, create spaces for student interaction and development, and upgrade the building’s infrastructure. Housing resources are funding the project scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

Moore Building to receive new roof

The roof of the Earl V. Moore Building, home of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will be replaced. The $1.8 million project is being funded by university investment proceeds and is scheduled for completion this fall.

Air handlers to be replaced at NCRC

Air handlers serving Building 10 at the North Campus Research Complex that have exceeded their service life will be replaced with new, energy-efficient units. The $4.3 million project, scheduled for completion in spring 2014, is funded by the Medical School.

University Hospital communication closet upgrades planned

Mechanical and electrical systems serving 22 communication closets in the patient tower at University Hospital will be upgraded to increase the reliability of data equipment to support patient care. The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the $2.2 million project scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

Pediatric care units relocating

A $3.6 million leasehold improvement project is planned to relocate the Pediatric Speech Language Pathology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services from the old C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital to leased space at 2205 Commonwealth Blvd. This relocation will alleviate space constraints in the current location to increase patient access and satisfaction. Hospitals and Health Centers will fund the project scheduled for completion in winter 2014.

New wound-care clinic planned

Faculty Group Practice and Ambulatory Care Services will establish a new wound-care clinic in leased space at Domino’s Farms to enhance the coordination and practice of wound care within the Health System. A $2.34 million leasehold improvement project, funded by the Hospitals and Health Centers, is planned to create the new clinic. Construction is to be completed in summer 2014.