Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken by the Board of Regents at its April meeting.
Stadium renovation plan moves to phase III
In 1990, the Regents approved a multiple repair and maintenance program for Michigan Stadium, estimated at $7.9 million in 1990 dollars, to be carried out over the next several years.
The University will begin the third phase of the long-range renovation plan.
“We now propose to proceed with Phase III, which includes upgrading and expanding the women’s toilet room in Section 7, repairs to other toilet rooms, and some general upgrading,” Vice President Farris W. Womack said. The project cost is estimated at $500,000, to come from Athletic Department reserves.
Six new tenured faculty appointments approved
Faculty appointments, with tenure, approved included:
Russell J. Lundholm of Stanford University will become associate professor of accounting, effective Sept. 1.
Robert Jon Feigal of the University of Minnesota will become professor of dentistry, effective July 1.
David K. Cohen, a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Education and Social Policy at Michigan State Univer-sity, will become the John Dewey Professor of Education and professor of public policy, effective Sept. 1.
Magdalene Lampert of Michigan State University will become professor of education, effective Sept. 1.
Leone Buyse of Boston University will become professor of music (flute), effective Sept. 1.
Jerome O. Nriagu of the University of Waterloo will become associate professor of environmental chemistry, effective Sept. 1.
Six administrative appointments approved
The following administrative appointments were approved:
Prof. Dee W. Edington will continue to serve as director of the Division of Kinesiology for another five years beginning July 1.
L. Rowell Huesmann, professor of communication and of psychology, will serve as acting chair of the Department of Communication for one year beginning Sept. 1, while Prof. Neil Malamuth, department chair, is on leave.
Jeffery M. Paige, professor of sociology, will serve as director of the Center for Research on Social Organization until June 30, 1995.
Linda H. Gillum, assistant director of faculty affairs in the Medical School, will become assistant dean for student programs in the School.
Andrew T. Turrisi III, associate professor of radiation oncology, will be acting chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, effective Jan. 1–June 30, 1993.
Srinika D. Jayaratne, assistant dean for research in the School of Social Work, will become associate dean of the School, effective July 15.
Coming: New $2.1 million security communications system
“The present communication system used by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is more than 20 years old,” Womack told the Regents. “The primary equipment supplier has been out of business for more than five years and the equipment is a mixture of various manufacturers’ components connected by dedicated hardwiring or rented Michigan Bell voice/data lines. It is necessary that this outdated system be replaced with a state-of-the-art communications system.”
Womack also noted that the University’s renovation plan for the 1239 Kipke Drive Building, approved by the Regents last December, includes space for housing the DPS’s main office. This means, he said, that the communication center has to move from its current location in the Church Street Parking Structure to the Kipke Drive Building.
“Since each remote site is wired to the communication center, attempting to relocate the present outdated equipment to the new location simply is not cost effective, and literally would shut down campus communications for an extended period of time.
“We propose to convert from a hardwired system to a new state-of-the-art radio frequency signal system that would provide wireless links to all our buildings and outlying areas for all fire, safety, security and other needs as they arise, and will eliminate the need to rent Michigan Bell voice/data lines. To avoid extended shutdown, the old system will remain in operation while the new system is installed.”
This project is estimated to cost approximately $2.1 million with funding provided from non-recurring capital resources.
Wayne County will buy Willow Run’s Packard Hangar
The University will accept Wayne County’s offer of $1.7 million for purchase of the Packard Hangar at Willow Run Airport.
The University acquired the hangar in 1961 from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare as surplus real property.
“For many years the Packard Hangar housed the U-M Willow Run Research Labs and subsequently was used until 1984 by the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, an offshoot of the Willow Run Labs,” Womack said. In 1985 the University leased the hangar to Ace Aircraft Services. Ace vacated the hangar last November due to economic constraints.
“Since the early 1980s, the University has negotiated with Wayne County officials to sell the Packard Hangar to the county. The hangar is situated on the Willow Run Airport and since Wayne County owns the airport, the county is the logical purchaser,” Womack noted.
State will fund 2 renovation projects
Two major construction projects, totaling some $90 million, to be funded by the state, were approved.
“The governor’s proposed Capital Outlay Bill recommends a total of $770 million for construction projects at state universities, community colleges and state agencies,” Womack explained. “The governor’s proposal, to be financed through the sale of bonds, will require the Legislature’s approval.”
“First is the Integrated Technology Instruction Center/College of Engineering Center on the North Campus, estimated at $57 million. This project essentially involves two separate buildings and, therefore, may be accomplished in two phases.
“The second project involves Central Campus renovations—funding for C.C. Little Building renovations at $16.5 million and renovations for Angell Hall at $16 million.”
These projects, with the exception of Angell Hall, have previously been approved by the Regents.
The proposed Angell Hall project will include a complete renewal of building systems, addition of air conditioning, new elevators, restroom renovations, re-roofing, compliance with current code regulations, exterior maintenance, and energy efficient sash replacement. Albert Kahn Associates Inc. will be the project’s architect.
Green light to major building renovations
Building renovation projects approved included:
—Recent analysis indicates a need to replace expansion joints in several of the major piping systems in the tunnel on the west side of the Medical Center. The project’s budget is estimated at $400,000.
—The majority of the space on the third floor of the Dana Building will be vacated this summer when the biological sciences teaching laboratories are relocated to the newly renovated Chemistry Building. The vacated Dana space has been reassigned to the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Once renovated, the space will provide wet laboratories, consolidated landscape architecture studios, case study and classrooms, as well as a computer laboratory. The project is estimated to cost $2 million.
—In an effort to provide additional space in the Kelsey Museum, an architectural analysis has indicated that approximately 3,300 square feet of space suitable for housing collections or accommodating future office needs can be developed by reworking a section of the existing attic. The project budget is set at $205,000.
—The Medical School has committed funds to upgrade space in the Medical Science Building II for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The renovations include upgrading two existing research labs, consolidating the class lab preparation operation, replacing a cold room, and installing autoclaves and fume hoods. The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million.
—The Law School will undertake the renovation of Room 132, Hutchins Hall. The project will include repair or replacement of existing finishes and furnishings, including provisions for barrier-free accommodation. The project budget is set at $375,000.
—The majority of the collections and many areas in the Clements Library are not accessible to the handicapped because there is no elevator in the building. Space has been identified and an elevator will be installed. The project is estimated to cost $250,000.