Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee approves EMU's Mark Jefferson project
YPSILANTI — The state legislature’s Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee voted unanimously April 19 to approve Eastern Michigan University’s $100 million Mark Jefferson Science Complex.
“The approval of this project positions the university to achieve an important element of its vision,” said Dr. John Fallon, president of EMU. “The Mark Jefferson Science Complex will provide first-rate instructional and research spaces in the natural sciences. When coupled with the university's nationally recognized teacher education program, it is expected that EMU will lead the way in the country in responding to the challenge of preparing the very best teachers in mathematics, science and technology.”
“The approval from the state to proceed with this project is extremely exciting to the University and to the region,” said Janice M. Stroh, vice president of business and finance at EMU. “Our next challenge is to find the right architectural firm that will take the University’s vision and direction in the sciences and design a state-of-the-art facility.”
“This is an important first step in an important project that has generated a great deal of excitement on campus,” said Freman Hendrix, governmental relations officer for EMU. “We appreciate the fact that the joint committee supported EMU in this project and we look forward to breaking ground in the future.”
The EMU Board of Regents unanimously voted to proceed with the renovation of the existing Mark Jefferson building and new construction to make the Mark Jefferson Science Complex at its regular meeting Jan. 19.
The estimated cost of the entire project is $100 million. The plan encompasses $26.7 million for renovation of the 180,802 square foot building and $73.3 million for 151,000 square feet of new construction.
The project will be primarily funded through the sale of bonds. The majority of the repayment of the bonds will be funded from the four percent tuition and fee increase approved by the Board for this purpose in fall 2005.
Constructed in 1969 at a cost of $8.2 million, the five-story Mark Jefferson building houses the primary facilities for the College of Arts and Sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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