The University of Michigan submitted funding requests earlier this fall through the state’s capital outlay process for projects on the university’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
The university also submitted a five-year capital plan as part of the process devoted to planning and financing the acquisition, construction and renovation of facilities used by universities and community colleges.
When a project is made possible through the capital outlay process, the investment is shared between the university and the state of Michigan.
Kevin P. Hegarty, executive vice president and chief financial officer, shared an update on the submission during the Dec. 3 Board of Regents meeting.
The Ann Arbor request is for an addition to the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, which “remains our top priority in order to secure legislative approval of construction funding,” Hegarty wrote in a memo to regents. The proposed $145 million project would co-locate the School of Information and the College of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering program.
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 state Legislature granted planning authorization for the project in 2018. In February, the Board of Regents approved the addition, which will be built on the west side of the current building at 2260 Hayward St.
The UM-Dearborn request is for the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Artistry Laboratory at the Mardigian Library.
The $45 million renovation project would improve student access, update infrastructure, provide a technology-rich learning environment, address maintenance issues and reorganize spaces in the building.
The UM-Flint request is for renovation of the University Tower Building, formerly called the First Merit North Tower Building. The project would provide eight new classrooms and new space for academic and administrative units.
The proposed $30 million project would allow expansion of health care-related departments into spaces vacated by units moving to the University Tower Building.