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Nov. 11, 2008
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Eastern Michigan University to break ground on new science complex Nov. 18

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University will break ground on its new $90 million science complex Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m., near the east side of Mark Jefferson.

“This is a historic project in several respects,” said Susan Martin, EMU president. “First, it is the largest single construction project in the history of the University. But, more importantly, this science complex will help EMU meet the national need for more teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. EMU is a leader in science education.”

Speakers for the groundbreaking will include: Thomas Sidlik, chair of the EMU Board of Regents; Susan Martin, EMU president and Don Loppnow, provost and executive vice president.

The project will involve a renovation and modernization of existing space in the Mark Jefferson Building, which was originally constructed in 1967. The project’s first phase will create a 72,000-square-foot addition to the existing structure. The second phase will renovate the existing structure and focus on improving mechanical and electrical systems, structural improvements, a new roof and site improvements.

The project is scheduled to be complete in 2011.

The new science complex will house biology, chemistry, geography and geology, physics and astronomy, and psychology.

The project will be primarily funded through the sale of bonds.  The majority of the repayment of the bonds will be funded from the 4 percent tuition and fee increase approved by the EMU Board of Regents in fall 2005. The state's Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee (JCOS) approved EMU's expenditure plan in April of 2007.

The original building, which cost $8.5 million, was named after Mark Jefferson, head of the geography department from 1901-39.


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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