UDM Board of Trustees approves new Student Fitness Center and other campus improvements
The UDM Board of Trustees recently approved the issuance of $16 million in tax-exempt bonds. This important funding, combined with current gifts/pledges, as well as anticipated new gifts, will allow UDM to move forward on significant capital improvement projects, including:
• Phase II of the Chemistry Building renovation. Phase I renovation began with the installation of new windows. Beginning in May, additional renovations will support new methods of interactive hands-on learning. An updated lecture hall, a welcoming entrance, and improved use of space will transform the building’s interior.
• Continued renovation of the School of Law’s historic building. This fall and winter, renovations transformed the cafeteria, atrium, Career Services space, classrooms and library. Phase II renovations will include additional classroom renovations, a new courtyard and Welcome Center, redesigned administrative offices and student organization space and lounge, as well as much needed infrastructure improvements. The building will be re-engineered for new technology and other teaching advances.
• Construction of a new Student Fitness Center, to be located on the east side of the Engineering Building on the McNichols Campus. The Fitness Center will be a hub for health activities, such as exercise, classes, sports competitions and other social activities. The facility will be approximately 40,000 to 45,000 square feet in size and house a walking/running track, several multipurpose courts, a fitness area for cardiovascular equipment, a lounge with a snack bar, and locker rooms. Design planning is under way now with construction expected to begin in early fall 2011. The design work on the building will allow for an even larger facility, in size and scope, if additional gifts arrive over the next 6-12 months.
• Additional renovations of the residence halls.
• Phase II of the McNichols Site Development Plan, which will also begin in May with continued development of the campus roadway and extended parking.
“The investment in our campus facilities will further enhance our students’ educational experience at UDM, and we are excited to undertake these projects that will transform our learning environment,” said Michael Joseph, interim president of UDM. “As always, alumni efforts to make UDM such a wonderful and important place is appreciated greatly.”