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Summer construction transforms CMU's campus

More than 100 projects wrap up as school year begins

Contact: Heather Smith


​From new football turf to the near completion of the largest capital project in university history, Central Michigan University's campus was far from quiet this summer. Crews tackled more than 100 construction projects involving campus buildings over the past few months. All of these – big and small – will have positive impact on CMU's educational environment.

When it comes to major projects, campus saw its fair share during the summer construction season. Work on the Biosciences Building was in full force and will conclude Sept. 2, allowing crews to then prepare the facility to open for classes and research in January 2017.

Reconstruction also began on Grawn Hall – CMU's oldest building – which will include a 16,200-square-foot renovation of existing space and a 6,600-square-foot, two-story addition to the west side of the building. The second phase of the project will take place throughout the summer of 2017.

Additional summer construction highlights include:

  • A Burrito Bowl replaced what was Quiznos in the Bovee University Center. The new restaurant is open, however, an official grand opening will take place Monday;
  • Installation began on two new CMU gateway projects along Mission Street, kicking off the CMU Campus Identity Plan;
  • New technology and a collaborative learning space was developed on the second floor of Park Library as part of the building's master plan;
  • Kelly/Shorts Stadium received new turf;
  • The Health Professions Building acquired a new student service court;
  • Upgrades began on the 25-year-old Student Activity Center pool with features including handicap accessibility, LED lighting, new filtration and chemical treatment systems, energy saving mechanical systems, and a new pool deck and shell; and
  • Lodgco completed its Courtyard by Marriott at CMU, opening it to guests July 1.​

View photos of construction progress across campus

A glimpse of construction progress in July

Photo gallery: July campus construction

Tour the Courtyard Marriott at CMU

Photo gallery: Courtyard Marriot at CMU

Rooftop meadow atop the Biosciences Building

Photo gallery: Green roof atop the Biosciences Building

Review summer construction across campus

Photo gallery: Summer construction

Summer construction fun facts
Campus transformation by the numbers

6,186 tons
Amount of material the Biosciences Building project has recycled – this is 78 percent of all material hauled off the construction site. 

6,700
Number of concrete blocks added to Grawn Hall this summer – a total weight of more than 2 million pounds. 

~400 tons 
Amount of infill – a black grain-like material made from recycled tires – used for the Kelly/Shorts Stadium turf replacement project. 

60,000 cubic feet
Amount of storage – or 451,275 gallons – ​added to the pond near the Student Activity Center to improve utilization of the existing pond capacity and reduce the impact to the Upton Drain. 

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