U-M seeks capital funding for projects on three campuses


The university submitted capital outlay requests and the five-year master plans for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses to the state of Michigan earlier this fall.

The state’s capital outlay process allows for 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.

Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor request is for an 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 state Legislature granted planning authorization for the project last year.


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.


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