U-M submits requests for state funding on capital projects

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The University of Michigan submitted capital outlay requests to the state of Michigan earlier this fall for projects on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.

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.

The submission to the state also includes updated five-year master plans for the three campuses. The plans include facility condition assessments, master planning and major projects anticipated over the next five years.

Geoffrey Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer, shared an update on capital outlay requests in materials submitted for the Dec. 8 Board of Regents meeting.

The Ann Arbor request is to fund the renovation of a building at 428 Church St. The renovation project would cost an estimated $50 million and would enable U-M to address updates to the Chemistry Building complex in a longer-term initiative.

For the Dearborn campus, the university’s request is to fund the renovation and expansion of the Computer Information Science Building. The project, which would cost an estimated $40 million, would address infrastructure and provide updates to the existing building with a small addition.

The university’s request for the Flint campus is to fund the College of Innovation and Technology’s new building. That project would add instructional laboratories and research spaces focused on supporting growing occupations in the state workforce. The project would cost an estimated $40 million.

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