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Monday, July 20, 2009
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

U' construction forecast

Regents approve
renovations for
Couzens, UMHS
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
DailyNewsEditor
At the University Board of
Regents monthly meeting on
Thursday, the regents reviewed
and approved five construction
projects involving a University res-
idence hall, hospital, museum and
science building. The projects total
$60.66 million in renovations.
APPROVAL OF SCHEMATIC
DESIGN FOR COUZENS
RESIDENCE HALL
The Board of Regents approved
renovationstotheschematic design
of Couzens Residence Hall, which
will include updates and repairs to
the building's infrastructure.
Additions include new plumb-
ing, heating, ventilation, fire
detection and high-speed Internet
access. Improvements will also be
made to residents' rooms and bath-
rooms.
The currently vacant dining
room and kitchen will be turned
into space designated for living-
learning communities, classrooms
and academic offices.
New energy conservation initia-
tives will be implemented by add-
ing insulation to exterior walls,
Gjina Juncaj, '09

replacing windows and installing
energy-efficient heating and air
conditioning systems.
Couzens Residence Hall opened
in 1925 with 260 female students.
Today, the dormitory houses 560
male and female students.
The renovation is estimated to
cost $49 million and will be funded
by University Housing and invest-
ment proceeds. Couzens will close
and renovations will begin in spring
2010, andconstructionis scheduled
to be completed in summer 2011.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL'S
CENTRAL STERILE SUPPLY AREA
EXPANSION
The University Hospital will
be expanded by approximately
16,000-square-feet. The renova-
tion will add space for the central
sterile supply area on level B2 and
will accommodate the increasing
amount of instrumentation that
requires sterilization.
The estimated cost of the con-
struction is $6.9 million. It will
be funded by University Hospitals
and Health Centers. The expan-
sion is scheduled to be completed
in winter 2012.
Alexander G. Ruthven Museums
Building fire detection and alarm
system installation
A fire detection and alarm sys-
tem will be installed in the Alex-
ander Ruthven Museums Building.
The technology will meet current
codes and standards.

The installation of the fire
detection and alarm system will
cost about $2.4 million and will be
funded by investment proceeds.
The project is scheduled to be com-
pleted in summer 2010.
CANCER CENTER INFUSION
EXPANSION
The Cancer Center's infusion
area will be expanded by approxi-
mately 1,000 square feet. The
added space will accommodate
patients receiving longer infu-
sion treatments. The project will
improve the center's patient capac-
ity by 13 percent.
The renovation is estimated
to cost $1.16 million and will be
funded by University Hospitals
and Health Centers. Construction
is scheduled to be completed in
winter 2010.
ADDITION TO THE CLARENCE
COOK LITTLE SCIENCE BUILDING
Approximately 7,300-square-
feet will be added to the Clarence
Cook Little Science Building to
provide research space for new
faculty in the Department of Geol-
ogy. An existing laboratory suite
will also be updated.
The renovation will cost about
$1.2 million and will be funded
by the College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts. The project
is scheduled to be completed in
spring 2010.

REGENTS
From Page 1
The report stated that many fac-
ulty and retirees have realized a
loss of net worth due to the down-
turn in the real estate market, while
the faculty and retirees who live in
Ann Arbor may have to pay higher
property taxes because of the loss of
$8 million in real estate taxes that
Pfizer Inc. had paid before it sold its
property on North Campus to the
University. At the same time, many
faculty members are coping with
losses to their retirement accounts,
Askari said.
Despite the economic challenges
University employees face, Askari
cited the Chronicle of Higher Edu-
cation's survey, which labeled the
University as one of the "best places
to work."
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this story, check out
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