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CMU trustees to consider improvements to Grawn Hall

Addition/renovation project is proposed for oldest campus building

Contact: Heather Smith

​Central Michigan University’s Board of Trustees will consider a major addition and renovation for the College of Business Administration when it meets Thursday.

Built in 1915, Grawn is the oldest campus building. Proposed plans call for a 6,600 square-foot, two-story addition on the west side of Grawn and renovation of 16,200 square-feet of existing space.

The addition will include a new main entry and multifunctional space for lectures, events and group study. The renovation will update corridors, add fire suppression, replace windows and include new student service and collaboration spaces.

In addition to $200,000 already allocated for project planning, trustees will be asked to approve an additional $10.8 million to design and complete the project.

Last summer, space was transformed in Grawn Hall to create a Bloomberg Financial Trading Lab. In the lab, students learn how to set up and manage investment portfolios, evaluate company financials and much more using the same software Wall Street traders use.

Other matters include:

  • A presentation from Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and a number of EHS leaders who will report to the board about advances in teacher preparation initiatives.
  • A $1.7 million upgrade to the campus steam generation system. The improvement would add flexibility and backup options to the university’s 54-year-old boilers. The proposal calls for the installation of a natural gas burner on the wood boiler, allowing it to operate with gas or wood depending on fuel prices.
  • A resolution authorizing the president to ratify and sign collective bargaining agreements with the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, which represents four sergeants in the CMU Police Department, and the Union of Teaching Faculty, which represents about 368 fixed-term faculty. The contracts with both bargaining groups expire this summer.
  • Granting tenure to 22 faculty members and promoting 11 others to associate professor.

Newly appointed trustee Rich Studley will attend his first board meeting. Gov. Snyder appointed Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, to a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. Trustee Robert Wardrop, president and attorney with Wardrop & Wardrop, P.C. in Grand Rapids, was reappointed for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022, as well.

The Board of Trustees formal meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the President’s Conference Room of the Bovee University Center.

In addition, the following committee meetings will be open to the university community and the general public on Wednesday in the President’s Conference Room:

Academic and Student Affairs             2:10-3:05p.m.

Finance and Facilities                          3:10-4:05 p.m.

Trustees-Student Liaison                     4:15-5 p.m.

Trustees-Faculty Liaison                     5-6 p.m.

Discussion topics during the committee meetings include:

  • Online programs during the Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting;
  • A facilities update regarding the Biosciences Building, CMED facilities and the Lodgco hotel project during the Finance and Facilities Committee meeting; and
  • A campus programming fund proposal from the Student Government Association during the Trustees-Student Liaison Committee meeting.

The agenda for the February meeting is posted online.

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