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CMU trustees to consider building second medical facility in Saginaw

Building at St. Mary's of Michigan Phase II of CMED plan

Contact: CMU News

Central Michigan University’s Board of Trustees will consider a second building project in Saginaw for the College of Medicine when it meets Thursday.

The proposal is Phase II of CMED construction in Saginaw and has been part of the CMED plan for third- and fourth-year students since 2012. The $12 million project would be built on the St. Mary’s of Michigan hospital campus and would connect to the facility’s Health Education Center. The addition would house clinical space for internal medicine, senior services and neurosciences for CMED students, residents and faculty.

Funding will come from university reserves, project partners and gifts.

In July 2013, trustees authorized the construction of a Phase I building and renovation project at Covenant HealthCare. The Covenant project is slated to be complete next May.

Both St. Mary’s of Michigan and Covenant have partnered with CMU to provide clinical experience for students in the final two years of their CMU Doctor of Medicine program. The two construction projects originally were projected to cost $45 million; actual costs now are estimated at $37 million.

Trustees also will consider the issuance of general revenue bonds to finance a portion of construction costs for the $95 million Biosciences Building currently under construction and the design and construction of an $8 million lacrosse/soccer field and student recreation facility.

The bonds would generate $49.5 million. That revenue, along with $30 million from the State of Michigan and $28 million from internal construction reserves and gifts would finance both projects.

Trustees previously approved the addition of lacrosse in accordance with Title IX regulations.

Plans call for construction of a lighted synthetic turf field to be used by the lacrosse and soccer teams as well as CMU’s recreation club teams. An adjacent building would be constructed to house locker rooms, restrooms, concessions, coaching offices and a training room. Trustees will be asked in December to approve moving forward with construction and design.

The board meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the President’s Conference Room of the Bovee University Center and is open to the public.

In addition, the following committee meetings will be open to the university community and the general public on Wednesday, Sept. 17. All meetings will be in the President’s Conference Room in the Bovee University Center.

Academic and Student Affairs            3 to 3:50 p.m.

Finance and Facilities                         4 to 4:50 p.m.

Trustees-Faculty Liaison                    5 to 6 p.m.

Trustees-Student Liaison                   6 to 7 p.m.

The agenda for the September meeting and a schedule of committee meetings are posted online.

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