December 7, 2017
The University of Michigan's Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses each submitted requests for capital funding and a five-year capital plan to the state of Michigan.
When a project is made possible through capital outlay funding, the cost is allocated between the university and the state of Michigan.
The Ann Arbor request is for the addition to the Bob and Betty Beyster Building. The proposed $145 million project would co-locate the School of Information and the Computer Science and Engineering program, which is part of the College of Engineering.
An addition of approximately 160,000 square feet would house all of the School of Information and provide expansion space for Computer Science and Engineering, increasing interdisciplinary collaboration in a state-of-the-art environment.
The UM-Dearborn request is for the renovation of the Mardigian Library. The project would update infrastructure, address deferred maintenance and reorganize spaces in the 37-year-old building.
The renovation would significantly reduce operations costs, improve student access and provide a technology-rich learning environment. The estimated cost of the project is $42 million.
The UM-Flint request is for renovation of the recently acquired University Tower Building, formerly called the First Merit North Tower Building. The project would provide eight new classrooms and new spaces for academic and administrative units.
The proposed $32 million project would allow expansion of health care-related departments into spaces vacated by units moving to the University Tower Building.