Michiganders call warmer weather construction season, and Central Michigan University is no exception, with a number of building projects planned this summer.
As construction on the $95 million Biosciences Building winds down, work will begin on the renovation and expansion of Grawn Hall. The $10.8 million project will include a 6,600-square-foot, two-story addition on the west side of the building, including a new main entry and multifunctional space for lectures, events and group study.
The renovation of 16,200 square feet of existing space will update corridors, add fire suppression, replace windows, and include new student service and collaboration spaces. The project will begin May 9 and take two summers to complete.
Grawn serves 4,200 students a year and is the oldest building on campus.
"This summer we will tackle approximately 109 projects," said Steve Lawrence, associate vice president of facilities management.
Other projects planned for the summer include:
- Construction of the Biosciences Building will conclude Sept. 2 as crews prepare the facility for classes and research to begin in January 2017. Related to the Biosciences Building, Ottawa and Ojibway Courts will dead end at the walkway that connects south and north campus;
- Installation of two new CMU gateway signs along Mission Street and the first phase of new building identity and vehicular directional signs across campus, as part of the CMU Campus Identity Plan;
- Renovation of room 1250 in the Health Professions Building to create a student service center. The $213,100 project, scheduled for May 9 through July 1, will provide holistic services to empower students to pursue academic and personal success;
- Quiznos in the Bovee University Center will be replaced with a Burrito Bowl. The area will be under construction from June 20 to Aug. 12;
- The south end of the second floor of Park Library will receive a facelift this summer. Renovations will include the construction of a technology supported active learning and collaboration space. Work has already begun on clearing the space;
- The 25-year-old SAC pool will undergo a $2.7 million upgrade including handicap accessibility, LED lighting, new filtration and chemical treatment system, energy saving mechanical systems, and a new pool deck and shell. The pool will be closed July 25 and remain under construction for the remainder of the year;
- The turf at Kelly/Shorts Stadium will be replaced. The $620,000 project will begin June 6 and run through July 23;
- The tennis courts along Broomfield Road will be closed from June 6 through July 29 for reconstruction of the south four courts;
- The men's and women's restrooms in Warriner Hall will be renovated to become handicap accessible. New fixtures, flooring and tile also will be installed; and
- A private firm, Lodgco Hospitality LLC, is wrapping up construction of its 140-room, five-story Courtyard by Marriott at Central Michigan University. The hotel, adjacent to Kelly/Shorts Stadium, is scheduled to open July 1.
A variety of sidewalk replacement projects, roof replacements, new lighting and traffic detours also will occur over the summer months.