Newly approved capital projects at Eastern Michigan University include enhancements, equipment for Fermentation Science and Neuroscience programs

An aerial view of the Mark Jefferson Science Center and surround campus area

YPSILANTI – A variety of academic facility enhancements, renovations and roadway improvements are part of a package of capital projects approved by the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents at its regular meeting Thursday (Feb. 7, 2019).

The projects total $3.9 million, and represent additional capital project funding to the $15.2 million approved by Regents at the December 14, 2018 meeting.

The projects approved Thursday include:

• $750,000 for additional academic enhancements for the College of Arts and Sciences’ Fermentation and Neuroscience programs. This includes air exchanges, a walk-in cooler and mechanical and electrical infrastructure. The programs, each established within the last few years, are moving into newly built out space on the fifth floor of the Mark Jefferson Building in the University’s Science Complex.

• $1.4 million to help establish flexible relocation spaces for programs and activities displaced during the ongoing Sill Hall and Rec/IM renovations. An example would be creating space in the adjoining Warner Building for various Rec/IM activities.

• A $350,000 roadway allowance to allow for improvements to Cornell Drive, on the west end of campus.  

• $300,000 for infrastructure improvements to Welch Hall, including floor and window repair.

The total FY 2019-2010 Capital Budget is now $19.0 million. 

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

February 07, 2019

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