The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 10, 1981-Page 7 '
By LOU FINTOR
As the University embarks on its massive Hospital
Replacement Project, a number of concerns have
been raised by health professionals concerning the
justification of such an all-encompassing facility.
The $285 million complex will replace the old
University Hospital, built in 1923 and now in need of
Although state officials and University Regents
agreed at last June's Regents meeting that am-
bulatory care would be the new University Hospital's
highest priority, teaching and research may continue
to be the facility's central mission.
ACCORDING TO University Regent Thomas
Roach (D-Saline), the new facility's purpose will be
three-fold: "teaching, research, and medical care for
the people of this state.
"One must keep in mind that every patient at
University Hospital is potentially a teaching case,"
Not all health professionals, however, share the
University officials' optimistic goals for this new
facility. "It's (the new hospital) a palace of half-way
technology," according to one health care planner
involved with the Hospital Replacement Project.
"It was our impression that the new University
Hospital is. unnecessary, inappropriate, and the
world's most expensive hospital," the planner said.
The new hospital will be the largest state expen-
diture for a health care facility, second only to the
Mackinac Bridge in construction costs in Michigan's
In a 1979 statement of position, the Comprehensive
Health Planning Commission of Southeastern
Michigan responded to the University's demon-
stration of need application. CHPC-SEM makes the
final recommendation to the state concerning the
viability of a new medical facility.
THE PAPER STATES, "Of course, the final
justification offered (by the University) for the new
hospital is the need for high standard institutions for
purposes of teaching and research . . . one or two
points must be noted: one is the absolute lack of
evidence for the claim that. $400 per day hospital
facilities are necessary for good teaching and resear-
ch and, further, that this particular type of good
teaching and research leads to good health care.
"Given the narrow overspecialization in much of
today's medical profession ... the proposed hospital
may in fact be moving in a direction that is
diametrically opposed to our greatest current, and,
especially future needs in health care."
But, according to University Hospital Director Jep-
tha Dalston, "That's why the University is in the
hospital business-to provide a high-quality learning
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By GREGOR MEYER
Construction of the new Michigan
Alumni Center, being built just north of
the Michigan League, is well underway
and should be completed by summer of:
1982, according to University Alumni
The center will provide a meeting
place. and headquarters for the
organization, and will give it needed
vacant northeastern corner-which is
where the new center is now being built.
Bay said the design of the Alumni
Center will feature a pedestrian walk-
way leading toward Burton Bell Tower.
The center's architectural style will
blend with the surrounding structures.
The architect, Hugh Newell Facobsen,
is renowned for his renovation of the
rotunda of the Smithsonian Institution
The new Alumni Center will complete a rec-
tangular master plan.
visibility among students and alumni,
the officials said.
The construction, which will cost
about $3.1 million, is being funded by
donations from alumni, according to
Rick Bay, Assistant Executive Director
of the association.
THE SITE, DONATED to the
association by the University, is one of
the last parcels of choice land left on
The officials said the new alumni cen-
ter will complete a rectangular master
plan for buildings on central campus.
The buildings in the plan-including the
Rackham School of Graduate Studies,
the Michigan League, the Modern
Language Building and Mill
Auditorium-will all sit on the
perimeter of a rectangular pedestrian
mall, officials said. This rectangular
master plan is complete except for the
in Washington. According to Bay,
Jacobsen was selected to design the
Alumni Center because of his proven
ability to construct a contemporary
building in a traditional setting in a
"collegiate gothic motif."
THE ALUMNI Association, which is
independent of the University, provides
scholarship services, educational
enrichment programs and a variety of
social events at more than 140 alumni
Bay stressed the Association's need
for visibility among today's University
students in order to maintain alumni
involvement and enhance University
quality in the future. The organization,
presently located in the basement of the
Michigan Union-in an area originally
designed for storage-is eagerly
awaiting moving day, Bay said.
Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
Construction is progressing rapidly on the new Alumni Center next to the
Michigan League. Completion is scheduled for next summer.
UNDER GR OUND STA CKS READY FOR USE:
Basement law addition finished
Ulrich's now stocks medical texts,
Diagnosis: overworked, tired medical student
Recommended Treatment: courteous assistance in
obtaining required texts at reasonable prices.
Prognosis: one less frazzled nerve.
Stop in and make your own examination.
MORE THAN A BOOKSTORE
549 E. University at the corner of East U. and South U. 662-3201
By PAM FICKINGER
the Law Quadrangle, located at the
corner of South State Street and South
University, is an awe-inspiring, for-
midable cluster of buildings. Many non-
Wlaw students wonder just what goes on
inside the massive structure, which
almost seems to be an isolated fortress.
j ne of the more aesthetically
pleasing sights on campus, the Law
Quad was built 50 years ago. And it has
hardly changed since then . . . until
SINCE 1978, the Law Quad has had a
55foot-deep hole beside it. By the end of
this year, that hole will have metamor-
phosized into, a strikingly airy un-
But how, one might rightly ask, can
an underground library be striking,
much- less airy? The answer isn't as dif-
ficult as it may first seem.
In response to a need for more library
space, the Law School began to look for
an architect to build an addition that
would be compatible with the treasured
buildings donated by 'William Cook
during the 20s and 30s. But how could a
modern design be compatible with the
existing Oxford structures?
AN IDEA THAT would be both fun-
ctional and aesthetically pleasing was
needed. Some of the original ideas did
not meet the enthusiasm necessary to
raise money from private funds. But
finally, a plan was agreed upon, and the
resulting addition will be almost in-
The underground annex is being built
by Gunnar Brikerts and Associates of
Birmingham, Mich. It will be three
levels deep and will have a V-shaped
window well between the addition and
the law building. The new addition will
have room for shelving, carrels, study
space, and offices for the Michigan Law
Review, the Journal of Law Reform,
and the library staff.
,One of the better features of the ad-
dition is that it is 15,000 square feet of
open, empty, as-yet-unplanned-for
space. The attraction of this is that the
law school can .finish the space in
limitless ways. Things such as carrels,
tables, open or closed stacks, microfilm
storage and use space, can be placed in
the most strategic and space-efficient
AS WITH ALL construction,
however, there are some drawbacks.
One of these is the noise factor in-
volved. The sound of demolition can be
deafening, particularly for someone
who is trying to study. And there is a
certain amount of dust and debris that
filters its way into the buildings
surrounding the construction site. But,
students and staff have adjusted to the
But there is a problem encountered in
the old library that will doubtless recur
in the new addition: the problem of non-
law students studying in the law
In January of this year, a Law School
Student subcommittee came up with a
list of possible solutions to keep un-
dergraduates from using the library
facilities. Included were proposals for
checking student IDs, posting signs at
the door of the reading room, and sen-
ding law students through the reading
room to ask non-law students to leave.
As yet, there is no official comment
about whether the new addition will be
off-limits to non-law students, but some
such implementation seems likely.
Students who get the chance should
walk by the Law Quad to see how the
best of the present can be combined
with the best of the past, in an
aesthetically pleasing library.
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