by Pamela Young, Published June 18, 2013
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents today (June 18) approved a capital plan that emphasizes improvements in academic facilities and technology. The plan totals $9.2 million for fiscal year 2013-14.
In addition to upgrades in campus technology, the FY2013-14 capital budget includes investments in the new Physician Assistant Program, which opens in May 2014, and enrollment growth in the College of Health and Human Services.
The last five years, from 2008-2009 to 2012-2013, represent a period of unprecedented capital investment at Eastern.
Overall capital spending over the last five years totaled $220 million, with two-thirds invested in academic facility enhancements, 10 percent in housing and dining renovations and improvements, and the balance invested in campus infrastructure, safety and security, IT infrastructure and classroom technology, and other student and athletic facilities.
Highlights of this period include the addition and Phase II of the $90 million, self-funded Science Complex, the overhaul and renovation of EMU's largest classroom building, Pray-Harrold, and the renovation and upgrades of residence halls and dining areas.