After the University’s Board of Regents appointed University President-elect Mark Schlissel in January, the regents will convene for their second official meeting of the year Thursday. The regents will be asked to approve multiple renovation projects, as well as proposals to create new administrative positions.

Board to consider new biological sciences building

The most expensive item on the agenda is the proposed construction of a new 300,000 square-foot Biological Science Building,which will come at an estimated cost of $261 million.

The proposed structure will be built in place of the historic North Hall and the Museums Annex, which, if approved, would require the demolition of both buildings. A connection to the Life Science Institute would also be created to take advantage of the building’s dock and vivarium—animal research—services.

The new building will supersede the needs served by the nearby Edward Henry Kraus Building — built in 1915 — that houses the departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB).

The action plan states the Kraus Building has “reached its limit in terms of ability to allow contemporary research and the number of researchers it can support.”

An estimate given in the plan has both departments relocated into the new BSB by 2019. New research laboratories, offices, classrooms and vivarium services will allow “for much greater collaboration than what can be achieved in the existing buildings.”

The University’s ROTC program, which occupied North Hall, has already been temporarily relocated to the Chemistry building in anticipation of the expected construction, and will be moved again to the Kinesiology Building once construction is completed. The School of Kinesiology will in turn be moved to the Kraus Building.

Architecture firm SmithGroupJJR, a frequent University contractor, was recommended to design the project.

Ross School of Business to undergo renovations

On Thursday, the regents will vote to approve renovations of the Kresge Business Administration Library, the demolition of the Computer and Executive Education Building and construction of new academic buildings near the business school.

Exterior building finishes will be added to Sam Wyly Hall, the Hill Street Parking Structure and the Business Administration Executive Dormitory to create a unified look for the Ross School of Business—which received its last update in 2013 with a $100 million gift from University alum and real estate mogul Stephen Ross.

The renovations will add faculty and research offices, classrooms, and study spaces to the complex. The project is also set to provide 155 on-site construction jobs.

There will be a temporary loss in parking during construction, but no permanent impact on parking once the project is completed.

The project is estimated to cost $135 million, all of which will be funded by donations.

Last September, real estate mogul Stephen Ross donated another $200 million to his namesake Business School and the University Athletic Department.

The board will approve the commissioning of the architectural firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC to design the project.

In response, the regents voted in their October meeting to rename much of South Campus as the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus.

In November, the board approved the construction of a new building on the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus, creating a space for maintenance shops and offices, equipment storage and laundry, as well as shipping and receiving operations.

Board to consider President’s Residence renovations

The board will also consider a $1.3 million renovation of the historic President’s Residence, funded from investment proceeds.

Since the construction of the original President’s Residence in 1840, the home has undergone four significant additions, increasing its size from 4,800 to 14,000 square feet total.

The residence is the oldest building on campus and has maintained its historical heritage despite undergoing many maintenance projects, with the most recent one occurring in 2002.

The board will vote to replace the flat roof surfaces that are more than 25 years old; repaint exterior areas; repair damaged wood, masonry and stucco; replace two heating ventilations; renovate three bathrooms and the kitchenette on the second floor; and install storm windows in the first-floor study.

The alarm and fire detection system will be updated to a modern system with additional warning devices and a fire protection sprinkler system. The stone walkways will be leveled and damaged stones will be replaced.

The regents will also vote to approve the continuation of the fund that provides furniture, rugs and other miscellaneous items for the house. Currently, this fund is approximately $100,000 and if approved will increase to a total of $250,000.

The project will be overseen by the University’s Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

The regents will also vote to approve the continuation of the fund that provides furniture, rugs and other miscellaneous items for the house. Currently, this fund is approximately $100,000 and if approved will increase to a total of $250,000.

West Quad, Union renovations to be approved

Plans to renovate West Quad and the Michigan Union are pushing forward, as the regents plan to open the project to bids and award construction contracts. In July, the regents approved the initial schematic for the 370,000 square-foot renovation as the final installment of the Residential Life Initiative.

The $114.5 million renovation will convert West Quad’s dining hall into community, creative and practice space and streamline dining services into South Quad’s expanded Central Campus Dining Center, which is expected to open in the fall.

Construction is set to be completed by the summer of 2016.

Pollack to create new administrative position

University Provost Martha E. Pollack submitted a request to establish a new position of associate vice president for enrollment management.

The new position would provide leadership for the offices of undergraduate admissions, the University registrar, financial aid and new student programs. The associate vice president will design a program that will increase coordination between units and manage enrollment goals and will report directly to Pollack.

If the regents approve this request, the position will be effective March 1, 2014.

Endowment for head football coach position to be considered

The Regents will vote to approve the endowment and naming of the head football coach position. The proposed name change would be effective on March 1.

Ira and Nicki Harris, long-time supporters of many units within the University, have donated $10 million through the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Foundation for the naming and endowment of the head football coach position, which is currently filled by Brady Hoke. They have previously donated the Nicki Harris Family Football Locker Room.

Ira Harris has volunteered as a member of the Investment Advisory Committee, the President’s Advisory Group and the leadership committee of the Michigan Difference Campaign Steering Committee. Currently, he volunteers on the Campaign Leadership Board of the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign. If approved, it would be the first endowed coaching position at the University.

Athletic Director Dave Brandon and Jerry May, vice president for development, recommended the establishment of the endowed coach position in a report Monday.

Board to consider State Street real estate purchase

At Thursday’s meeting, the board will also vote to purchase a building located at 2500-2550 South State Street, which sits next to the Univesrity’s Donald R. Shepherd Women’s Gymnastic Center, the Bahna Wrestling Center and the Varsity Tennis Center.

The property covers approximately 16.7 acres of land and includes light industrial and office buildings, a cellular tower and a parking lot.

If the University purchases the buildings before the tentative closing date of early March 2014, they will be sold for the negotiated price of $12.8 million.

In a communication to the board, Tim Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, wrote that the funds for this purchase would come from investment proceeds.

The purchasing of the property is “subject to the University satisfying itself with the environmental condition of the site and otherwise completing with due diligence,” wrote Slottow in the report Monday.

Details describing the buildings’ intended purposes were not provided.

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