Regents to consider $122M renovations to Dental building

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 8:20pm

The University of Michigan’s Board of Regents will vote Thursday on a proposed renovation and addition to the Edward Henry Kraus Building, as well as an expansion and renovation to the W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building.

Proposed changes to the Kellogg Institute include renovating the building to be better prepared for future growth of academic, research and clinical programs. This project would add 37,000 gross square feet and a new freight elevator, and would address maintenance issues regarding the building’s electrical and plumbing systems.

The project would create a “more welcoming, accessible facility with an improved patient entrance; modern teaching clinics with flexible furniture and equipment that can be reconfigured as needs change,” according to the action request on the agenda.

Renovations to the Kellogg Institute and Dental Building are estimated to cost $122 million.

The proposed changes to the Kraus Building would include relocating the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology to the Biological Science Building, which is currently under construction.

The project would enable the School of Kinesiology to consolidate its programs and operations in the Kinesiology Building, the Central Campus Recreation Building and the Kraus Building to provide space for future growth. The Kraus Building changes are projected to cost $120 million.

Proposed bylaw changes

The board will also vote on several proposed changes to the Board of Regents bylaws — the governing powers allocated to the regents.

The first change would add language to the bylaws that ensure executive members reach out to students when making decisions on behalf of the student body. Central Student Government suggested the change because student voices are valuable to University decision-making, CSG President David Schafer said.

“We just wanted to reaffirm the importance of including student voices in University matters and decisions,” Schafer said. “It was all of us coming together saying ‘Yes, we acknowledge that student voice is important’ and going from there.”

The second change would ensure no student is recommended for a degree until the student’s requirements for the degree have been met. An additional proposal would allow eight members of the faculty to be appointed to the School of Nursing Executive Committee by the board, an increase from six members in the past.

Dearborn campus constructions

Accompanying these proposals, the board will also vote on a proposed $90 million construction project on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, which would construct a new building to replace its current Engineering Lab.

This new building would include new teaching laboratories designed to complement more product development-oriented laboratories of industry partners and aims to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration.