by Geoff Larcom, Published August 22, 2014
YPSILANTI – Improved classroom technology, increased lighting on campus, further safety and security updates and a new center for transfer students highlighted another active summer of construction on the Eastern Michigan University campus.
The improvements are part of a $12.6 million capital budget for FY 2015 approved this past summer by the EMU Board of Regents.
This summer’s projects and their associated costs include:
Classroom technology: ($786,000): This year’s project continues the installation of enhanced classroom audiovisual technology on campus. Enhancements are being made in Roosevelt Hall, which houses College of Technology classrooms, and Alexander Hall, home of the Department of Music. The project will affect 45 classrooms across the two buildings. This will be the same enhanced AV as installed in the Rackham Building, the College of Business and the Marshall Building (home of The College of Health and Human Services) last year. These upgrades are currently in progress and scheduled for completion during the 2015 winter semester.
Oakwood lighting enhancements ($180,000): Phase one of the Oakwood lighting enhancement project is nearing completion. The project included the installation of 20 new poles and enhanced decorative LED lighting fixtures from Huron River Drive to Mayhew. These energy efficient LED lighting fixtures provide brighter and a more consistent light distribution.
DTE lighting enhancements ($93,000): DTE upgraded the Westview Apartment complex area with 87 new LED light fixtures on existing poles. In addition, overhead LED lighting fixtures were installed along areas of LeForge Road, Clark Road, the north side of Huron River Drive, and on existing poles along Cornell Street.
Campus security cameras & AEDs ($485,000): This project, currently in progress, includes installation of security cameras around campus and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that will affect 12 buildings across campus. Eastern has more than 500 security cameras on campus.
Department of Public Safety facility renovation ($175,000): This involves expanding the locker rooms (lockers on order), office modifications, and relocation of parking offices within the building in order to accommodate the 10 new officers joining the police force in 2014.
McKenny Hall One-Stop Shop/Transfer Center ($375,000): This project, which is in the beginning stages of construction, will add a centrally located Service EMU center on the main floor of McKenny Hall. It also includes the renovation of the southeast suite on into a new Transfer Student Center.
Warner Steam Line ($175,000): This project focused on replacing the steam and condensate lines in the utility tunnel that run from the south of West Circle Drive to the mechanical room in the Warner Building north of West Circle Drive.
Ford Lake Boathouse ($550,000): Now under construction, this joint project with Ypsilanti Township is part of a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The project includes park improvements, a new dock and a boathouse for the EMU Crew Team.
Alexander accreditation upgrades ($150,000): The project is focusing on upgrading the acoustics for both the band and choir rooms in Alexander, which houses the Department of Music. Work has begun in preparation for the acoustical panels that are anticipated for arrival and installation during late September and early October.
Campus flatwork (concrete) improvements ($350,000):
• Sill Hall: Installation of a new sidewalk along the east side of Sill Hall that includes new lighting, landscaping and a parking gate.
• Bowen/Roosevelt halls: New sidewalk connecting the Porter Building, which houses the College of Education, to Pray-Harrold stairs; removal of the stairs on the northeast side of the Porter Building; new sidewalk along the northeast side of Porter, and a new crosswalk, landscaping, dumpster pad and screening.
• New sidewalk connecting the Village and Cornell apartment complexes.
• Eastern Eateries: New fencing installed around planters.
• College of Business courtyard landscaping and flatwork improvements.
• Convocation Center: Area flatwork repairs.
• Campus: Miscellaneous way-finding improvements and signage.
Annual apartment prep ($160,000): 326 EMU apartments have been inspected, audited, and received miscellaneous repairs and upgrades based on those inspections.
Brown Apartments ($120,000): Interior renovations (HVAC, ADA upgrades, doors, interior finishes) for a new apartment office on the first floor of Brown Apartments in the middle of campus.