Board identifies Strong Hall as top capital project; approves FY2010 request
YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved, at its regular board meeting Nov. 18, the FY2010 capital outlay request. The board also identified the renovation of Strong Hall as the University’s top capital project.
Strong Hall houses the geology and geography, and physics and astronomy departments. The building hasn’t received any significant improvements or renovations since its construction in 1957.
The estimated cost to renovate Strong Hall is $38 million. If the Joint Capital Outlay Committee approves the budget request, the State of Michigan’s share of the project would be $28.5 million or 75 percent of the project cost. The University’s cost share would be $9.5 million or 25 percent of the project cost.
“This project, along with the construction of the new Science Complex, demonstrates Eastern Michigan’s commitment to the sciences,” said John Lumm, interim chief financial officer for business and finance. “These improvements would result in first class science facilities on EMU’s campus.”
The project would include renovation of the entire existing structure including classrooms, lecture halls, student common areas and faculty offices.
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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