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

Project represents Phase II of expansion and growth of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology

The front entrance of Roosevelt Hall on a sunny day

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents approved the University's Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan to submit Roosevelt Hall as the University’s top project request for state cost participation for fiscal year 2023. This project plan represents phase two of the growth and expansion plan for the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology (GACET).  

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) and 25% Eastern contribution, the University’s cost share would be $12.5 million.

Roosevelt Hall is home to four separate divisions within the College of Engineering and Technology. Roosevelt has programs in Technology & Professional Services Management School with programs that include: Aviation, Aviation Flight Technology, Aviation Management Technology, Aviation Dispatch Certificate, Business Management & Marketing Technology, Secondary Education Business, Management, Marketing and Technology, Workforce Development and Management, Engineering and Technology Workforce Education, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Paralegal, Technology Management and Technology Studies.

Programs in Visual & Built Environments present in Roosevelt Hall include: Fashion, Marketing Innovation, Interior Design, Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising. Additionally, ROTC-Military Science and K-12 STEM outreach are housed in Roosevelt.

Key element in vision for GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology

Roosevelt Hall is a strategic piece of the overall vision of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology. The project would include the renovation of approximately 75,500 square feet. The project also provides space for student advising centers, collaboration and maker’s spaces, and faculty offices.

The Board of Regents approved the designation at its regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. State budget procedures require universities to present a Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan no later than Nov. 1 of each year. Universities may also elect to submit a capital outlay project request for state cost participation.

The University completed phase one of the growth and expansion plan of GACET earlier this year. Completed at a cost of $40 million, the gleaming new and expanded Sill Hall has quickly 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 to some of the largest aviation companies in Southeast Michigan. 

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 16,000 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; 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.

October 14, 2021

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