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CMU trustees move forward with second Saginaw CMED facility

Phase II plans at St. Mary's of Michigan get board approval

Contact: CMU News

The Central Michigan University College of Medicine’s footprint will expand in Saginaw starting next year when construction begins on a facility located on the St. Mary’s of Michigan campus.

The CMU Board of Trustees approved a $12 million construction/renovation plan that will provide space for internal medicine and senior health care clinics and a neuroscience center in a 17,100-square-foot facility connected to St. Mary’s of Michigan. Construction will begin in spring 2015 and is expected to conclude in summer 2016.

The plan also includes the renovation of a 9,679 square foot portion of the St. Mary’s Health Education Center, which includes a 250-seat auditorium and two classrooms. 

“This plan shows the ongoing commitment from our Saginaw partners and Central Michigan University to create a medical school experience that provides the necessary skill development to produce high-quality physicians,” College of Medicine Interim Dean Linda Perkowski said. “From the start, St. Mary’s of Michigan and Covenant HealthCare were eager to be involved in creating a medical school and encouraged us to build alongside them.”

The CMU College of Medicine, St. Mary’s of Michigan and Covenant HealthCare work under a formal agreement as CMU Medical Education Partners. Funds for the construction will come from all three partners, CMU reserves and donations.        

The St. Mary’s construction project is the second of a two-phase plan. A $25 million, 46,000-square-foot educational building i​s under construction on the campus of Covenant HealthCare, and it is on track to be completed by May 2015, in time for the inaugural students’ third year of study.

“We are pleased to see the board’s approval as this is an important step to keep the project moving forward,” said John Graham, president and CEO of St. Mary’s of Michigan. “The facility on the St. Mary’s of Michigan campus will help meet the need for advancing medical education as well as developing a health care workforce to fill the gap of the impending physician shortage in the region.”

Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of facilities management, updated the board on the progress of the Phase I project on the Covenant campus. Exterior work is nearing completion, with the interior set to be finished May 1, and classes will begin there June 6. The project will have LEED silver certification.

The Saginaw CMED construction projects combined are running $8 million less than original estimates.

Lawrence also told trustees the East Utility Loop on campus is nearing completion with a lower-than-estimated cost of $1.2 million. The utility loop is needed as backup for the campus, for the Biosciences Building and for future campus needs.

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