Regents approve renovation projects

September 18, 1997

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan Regents, at their Sept. 18 meeting, approved the following renovation projects:

–Campus security lighting will continue to be upgraded. “Most of the campus lighting in the Central Campus area bounded by State, South University, Church and Huron streets has been upgraded,” said Chandler W. Matthews, interim executive vice president. “It is proposed to extend the lighting upgrade program into the Medical Campus, North Campus and South Campus areas over the next few years as funds are identified. We estimate that this phased project will cost $6 million and will be accomplished in four to six phases. The next phase will cost approximately $1.3 million and will address various areas on all campuses.”

–The Parking Services’ annual safety, maintenance and repairs program in 1998 is estimated to cost $5.6 million. “The program will include elevator replacement and repairs in several structures as well as structural repairs to Simpson Parking Structure. This project also includes paving, lighting and landscaping of Old Main Hospital Parking Lot M-1, as well as resurfacing of several other surface lots.”

–“A lighting energy conservation study concluded that retrofitting the existing building lighting would reduce energy consumption significantly. The study’s recommendations include replacing existing fluorescent lamps and ballasts with more energy efficient equipment, replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps, and installing occupancy sensors in toilet rooms. The project will be accomplished in phases. The first phase, estimated to cost $750,000, involves North Campus Recreation Building, E.H. Kraus Building, Ruthven Museum, Modern Languages Building and Space Research Building.”

–“Statistics show that fire remains the most serious threat and risk hazard to the safety and will-being of University Housing residents. It is recommended that 29 additional residence hall buildings, now having fire alarm systems, be connected by MOSCAD (Motorola System Control and Data Acquisitions) emergency radio system to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), at an estimated cost of $360,000. Doing this will remove the need for building occupants to manually call DPS when the fire alarm operates.”

–“Certain medical air compressors and vacuum pumps in the University Hospital have reached the end of their useful lives and are in need of replacement. This project is estimated to cost $555,000.”

–“The condenser water pumps located in the M-22 Parking Structure on the Medical Campus are at the end of their useful lives and are in need of replacement. This project is estimated to cost $500,000.”

–“With the approaching activation of M-Pathways and the move towards more powerful and sophisticated desktop computer programs, a training center is needed for groups of employees. Such a training center will be constructed on the ground floor of Wolverine Tower, which will include two large computer oriented training rooms (12-16 people) and five medium to small rooms (4-6 people) for smaller ‘breakout’ training sessions. This project is estimated to cost $580,000.”

–A $250,000 project in Wolverine Tower will include a new Department of Public Safety satellite office, a new mail room, general lobby renovations and a radio equipment room.

–Michigan Stadium’s multiple repair and maintenance program will continue following the end of the coming football season. The next phase, estimated to cost $1.5 million, will include additional concrete restoration, and the next phase in the seating replacement program.

–“The U-M Health System’s MWorks Managed Care Program is beginning the extension of its service into other southeastern Michigan regions. As a first step, the U-M Health System is proposing to locate the MWorks corporate staff in the University’s Eisenhower Corporate Park West Building on South Industrial in Ann Arbor. This project is estimated to cost $880,000.”


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