Plans take shape for creating a more vibrant campus

medianUDM’s strategy for continuing to increase enrollment and attract high caliber students includes making the McNichols Campus environment—both within campus gates, as well as the areas surrounding—more vibrant.

Over the past several years, a number of University buildings have undergone significant renovations and enhancements, including the Commerce & Finance Building, Calihan Hall, the Loranger Architecture Building and a newly built addition to Lansing-Reilly Hall that houses the College of Health Professions. Other exciting projects are planned over the next several years, including:

• Renovation of the Chemistry building to bring it up-to-date and to accommodate enrollment growth
• Addition of a Fitness Center to address quality-of-life issues and provide a gathering space for students
• Construction of a multi-purpose stadium to seat 4,000
• Addition of tennis courts and a practice field south of Calihan Hall
• Renovation of residence halls
• Improvement of campus entry ways, signage and a possible “ring road” to render the campus more attractive and user friendly
• Conversion of the Student Center ballroom into conference space

The University is also an active participant in improving the neighborhoods and other areas surrounding the McNichols Campus. UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., was recently named chairman of the Board of Directors of University Commons, a community organization comprised of several neighborhood associations, Livernois Avenue businesses, Marygrove College and UDM. The organization works to improve the residential and business environments in the area. Recent University Commons projects include facade improvements for area businesses and beautification of a recently built Livernois median that extends from 8 Mile Road to just before the Livernois entrance to UDM. The median is expected to be extended to the Lodge Freeway.

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