Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approves $42.5 million renovation of Roosevelt Hall as top state capital outlay funding request

Project supports future engineers and technologists; represents Phase II of expansion of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology

The sun streams through the tower on Roosevelt Hall onto on the green grass below.
(EMU file photo)

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents today (Oct. 20, 2022) approved the University's plan to submit Roosevelt Hall as the University’s top project request for state capital outlay funding for fiscal year 2024. The project plan represents phase two of the growth and expansion plan for the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology (GACET) to renovate, expand and repurpose Roosevelt Hall to accommodate advanced technology programs.

The estimated cost of the project is $42.5 million. If approved as part of the state’s capital outlay process, which dictates a funding mix of 75% state contribution (capped at $30 million) with 25% Eastern contribution, the University’s cost share would be $12.5 million.

Roosevelt Hall is home to four separate divisions within the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology, including the Technology and Professional Services Management School, Visual and Built Environments, ROTC-Military Science, and K-12 STEM outreach. Improved infrastructure will support the projected 65% growth in the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology enrollment in the next 10 to 15 years and students' desire to obtain degrees in more technical fields that provide higher incomes and stability. 

Roosevelt Hall is a strategic piece of the overall vision of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology. Project plans include renovating approximately 75,500 square feet and modernized space for student advising centers, collaboration and maker’s spaces, and faculty offices. Additionally, the renovation of Roosevelt Hall will allow the University to relocate the existing advanced programs from Sill Hall to Roosevelt Hall to provide additional space for the engineering programs residing in Sill Hall to allow for continued growth.

The state capital outlay request is part of the University’s overall five-year capital outlay plan. State budget procedures require universities to present the five-year plan no later than Nov. 1 of each year. The Roosevelt Hall phase two expansion plan also was the University’s capital outlay request last year. The capital outlay program is funded periodically by the State of Michigan and requires the approval of both the legislature and the Governor.

In early 2021, the University completed phase one of the growth and expansion plan of GACET. Completed at $40 million, the new Sill Hall has become a University showcase of technology focused on engineering, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicle research, robotics, and virtual reality. The building features maker spaces and other collaborative research and work environments. The college also offers a robust aviation program with direct partnerships with some of the largest aviation companies in Southeast Michigan. 

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October 20, 2022

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