Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approves $13.3 capital budget for FY21

Spending plan focuses on improvements in academic facilities, housing, energy conservation, classroom technology, Rec/IM and safety and security

aerial view of Halle library, etc.

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents today (Dec. 13, 2019) approved a $13.3 million capital budget for 2020-2021 that includes investment for supporting infrastructure improvements in academic, administrative, and auxiliary facilities such as recreation, dining and housing.

The budget also focuses on information technology, asset preservation and safety and security, and includes the following expenses in various areas:

Academic programming: The $1.5 million spending plan includes $500,000 for classroom renovations and $485,000 in renovations to the Halle Library ARC (Automated Retrieval Collection) Facility.

Housing: $175,000 in enhancements to the First-Year Center of residence halls.

Asset preservation and deferred maintenance (auxiliary fund): The $1.75 million plan includes $1.1 million for locker room renovation in the Rec/IM Building, the final step in the complete renovation of that facility.

Asset preservation and deferred maintenance (general fund): A spending plan of $2.9 million includes an annual roof allowance, annual tunnel repair allowance and electrical system replacements.

Energy and conservation: $900,000 for controls and equipment in the Energy Center, which houses the University’s Co-Generation unit, which furnishes more than 90 percent of Eastern’s heat and electricity.

Safety and security: Nearly $1 million in continued improvements to lighting, camera surveillance and fencing. Eastern now has more than 900 cameras on campus.

Information technology: The spending plan of nearly $2.2 million includes enhancements to classroom technology, computer network/servers and campus WiFi.

Athletics: $1 million for improvements to the field and site of the varsity lacrosse team.

Compliance and general obligations: Spending of $895,000 includes enhancements regarding ADA access and under a stormwater/wastewater management grant.

The budget also includes a contingency allocation of $1 million.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It serves nearly 18,000 students. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; 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.

December 13, 2019

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom