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Campaign Priority: Capital Improvements

Our Goal: $25,000,000

Capital Improvements: $25,000,000

A beautiful, welcoming campus provides the emotional connection that inspires pride in an alma mater. The University’s goal of becoming a Midwest leader in education means investment in classrooms, laboratories, learning spaces and the general campus. These investments mean more than simply providing state-of-the-art teaching facilities. They create spaces where students can collaborate and learn in a positive and meaningful way. These special places create learning areas that live and grow with the needs of their professions, faculty and students.

Much of this work has already begun. The new entrance to the McNichols Campus was designed not only with efficiency in mind, but also with the goal of creating an enthusiastic welcome to all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Other renovations include the expansion of the Health Professions facility to better accommodate the growing number of students and the faculty and allow for future expansion of the College’s programming. The iNSPIRE Lab in the Chemistry Building, funded in part by a major grant from the National Institutes of Health, is inspiring science students while the Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education will soon be helping engineering students by offering them real-world, hands-on training.

The University takes pride in the way it stewards its funds. Detroit Mercy honors its history by renovating and updating outdated areas in its historic buildings to meet the educational needs of today and tomorrow. It is this connection with the past and a firm commitment to the future that makes University of Detroit Mercy a place where students want to be, a home for learning and inspiration.

An overview plans for the campus facilities include:

Facilities

Goals

School of Architecture

$750,000

College of Engineering & Science

$8,000,000

College of Health Professions

$4,000,000

School of Law

$1,350,000

College of Liberal Arts & Education

Athletics

University-wide

$1,250,000

$200,000

$9,450,000

Total

$25,000,000

Some recent projects that have begun or are planned include:

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    University-wide

    Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

    Creating a Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CETL) will be a positive step toward improving student engagement in their education, while simultaneously increasing retention rates. More than 11,000 square feet of the third floor of the McNichols Campus library will be completely renovated to create an instructional design studio, a technology and innovation center and student success center. Together, these three pillars of CETL will be a resource for students and faculty as they incorporate the latest pedagogical theories and methods for an even more meaningful educational experience. The Center will provide distinct spaces for tutoring and monitoring computerized tests. It will include the latest technology, multi-projection surfaces, white boards, a computer lab and two course instruction labs. As envisioned, CETL will be an exciting space for learning, its sole purpose will be to assure excellence and success for all students.

    Detroit Mercy McNichols Gate

    Student Welcome Center

    The long-awaited new entrance to the McNichols Campus from McNichols Roadwas completed earlier this year, the University now turns its attention to the north side of that campus. This major project begins with a new entrance from Livernois Avenue and includes a major redesign of the Lillie B. Kassab Mall where a Welcome Center in a totally renovated Student Center is being planned. The Welcome Center will house most of the offices devoted to student needs and will be the venue for many events. Excavating the Kassab Mall will provide a garden-level entrance to the new center, providing ease of use for prospective students, parents, guests and alumni. This new center will house Student Life, the Bookstore, University Ministry, Student Activities, Grounds Coffeehaus and theatre productions on the lower level, with Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar and Student Accounting offices on the first floor. In addition to creating a more student-oriented building, it will serve as the welcoming new gateway to the University.

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    College of Engineering & Science

    Detroit Mercy Eng SciMajor projects to Engineering & Science buildings will propel the University’s already-strong programs into the future. Donations and other funding have transformed a former storeroom into a state-of-the-art laboratory where students are learning the intricacies and importance of research and experimentation. The Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education is advancing the way Detroit Mercy teaches engineering with the latest equipment, technology and software. Because it has been designed with recommendations from engineers working in the automotive industry, it is training future engineers in the ways that will be most relevant for the real world, and that is nimble enough to adapt to any future needs. Preliminary plans are being developed for a floor-by-floor reimagining of the Ford Life Sciences Building to create more useful collaborative spaces, which will make the building more learning- and teaching-friendly, all in the service of inspiring tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.

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    College of Liberal Arts & Education

    BriggsAt the heart of a Jesuit and Mercy education is the core curriculum that every undergraduate student must take. These courses teach students to see the interconnectedness of diverse areas of study, and they integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of all students. The Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building houses most of these core courses, making it the busiest building on campus. Renovations of the first floor begun a few years ago need to be completed and the second and third floors must be updated to better accommodate the demands of today’s students and educators. Collaborative spaces, technological improvements and areas for private study will be created with the success of students and professors the top priority.

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    School of Law

    LawDetroit Mercy Law educates the complete lawyer. The high-level of academics and commitment to service develop the intellectual and spiritual aspects, and now the University seeks to address the physical and social needs as well. Plans are under way for a new fitness room that will offer students the opportunity to recharge after rigorous classes with a workout site on campus. Additionally, Detroit Mercy law seeks to enclose the courtyard with a glass atrium, providing a year-round, nature-inspired space for studying, gathering and collaborating. These two projects demonstrate the law school’s commitment to providing a home for students becoming complete lawyers.

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    College of Health Professions

    Health ProfessionsThe expansion of the Health Professions facility is of great importance to the University and the health care community in metro Detroit. Nearly 10,000 net square feet of space will allow for the possibility of a much-needed expansion of all the College’s programs, including Nurse Anesthesia and the undergraduate and graduate Nursing programs, all of which currently share lab and classroom space. The Physician Assistant program, which is currently at capacity, is seeking approval to double in size over the next four years. This program receives more than 500 applications for the 40 positions available in the five-year PA program and all of its graduates are employed within six months of earning their degree.

    Physician Assistants are in high demand and the U.S. Department of Labor expects it to remain one of the fastest growing fields over the next 10 years. The biggest beneficiary, though, is metro Detroit, where the vast majority of these CHP graduates remain to serve, many in areas deemed health professional shortage areas. The benefits of this expansion are wide-ranging and will place more highly trained health care professionals into communities around the nation.

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    Athletics

    Capital Improvement GoalsUniversity of Detroit Mercy’s athletics programs have brought thousands of students, alumni and fans together for more than a century and that athletic and academic success continues today. Each year, about 250 student-athletes are honored by the University and the Horizon League for their high grade-point average, and in recent years, two Titan athletes were named valedictorian of their class. Nineteen Division I teams provide the opportunity for hundreds of student-athletes every year to represent their school as they develop leadership and team skills that will translate to their chosen profession. A university with a Division I sports program deserves Division I-quality facilities and Detroit Mercy is planning for major investments in its facilities. Renovations to Calihan Hall will enhance the game experience, including an elevator to help fans reach their seats and the Titan Club Room. These plans follow the addition of a new high-definition video board and sound system, which were installed in the past year, and the Student-Athlete Academic Center that will be completed this summer to provide University athletes a dedicated place to study and focus on their education with fellow Titan athletes. These updates will allow the University to generate funds by hosting NCAA and Horizon League tournament games and hold camps and tournaments throughout the year. The overall goal is a complete face-lift for Detroit Mercy athletics facilities, so Titan glory can continue to bring pride to the University for years to come.

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