Facilities Planning

Current Projects

Construction begins on ASC and CW Renovation Projects

As construction begins on this multi-phased renovation of Academic Support Center, Computing Wing and the Science Building, we will be publishing maps to help guide pedestrians and deliveries safely around construction. 

The first floor of CW has been designed to accommodate new laboratory classrooms and the Science Learning Center. Once the first floor laboratories are complete, we will shift to the second floor and convert an existing lab to a chemistry teaching laboratory. Renovation in CW building began on February 24, 2014 and the construction areas will be closed to campus traffic. Phase One is expected to be completed in December 2014, and the second phase finishing in late March 2015. 

* ASC is being renovated to accommodate faculty and staff offices with a student community lounge and study area. The majority of the work of the ASC renovation will be on the interior of the building, and windows and new entry doors will also be included.  Renovation in ASC will also begin February 24, 2014 and the building closed to campus traffic. We expect to occupy the newly renovated space by January 2015. 

Recently Completed Projects

Bioengineering Suite

The Bioengineering Suite is a collective of Biomechanics, Bioprocessing & Bioinstrumentation, and Tissue Culture research labs around one shared instructional lab.  It is an expression of the ethos of the College of Engineering and Computer Science to encourage dialogue and interaction between disciplines as well as develop the most efficient and economical use of space.

The Bioengineering suite aesthetic and technology transformed the previous high-bay shop area to a model of collaborative research and learning.  Not only are the labs rich with network connectivity, but they also contain support features like a softwall modular cleanroom, room darkening capabilities, UV protection/filtration, AV integration, energy efficient heat recovery and dimmable LED lighting.

Large expanses of glass in the corridors and full glass doors to the research areas encourage a theme of engineering on display.  The transparency of the spaces is complimented with full height glass marker boards; yes, you will find faculty and students writing all over the walls.

Located in the 1950’s Engineering Lab Building, the Bioengineering suite is juxtaposed against a previous era of engineering erected around a manufacturing pedagogy.  These new labs are not only representative of 21st Century high tech hands on learning, but they are also a commitment of the College of Engineering and Computer Science to provide forward-looking experiential environments for learning.

JASS Studio

Quiet on the Set!  This was the inspiration for the production studio created for Journalism and Screen Studies  (JASS).  Although the room was originally programmed as a studio, the room acoustics and the noise from the adjacent mechanical room made it less than desirable to foster creativity and unusable as a production studio.

You won’t see much when you walk in to the studio, but it will feel and sound different.  The straight concrete block walls undulate, painted black and covered with sound absorptive insulation.  Hidden behind a pipe grid filled with lights are the two story ceiling and beams that disappeared behind a spray-on black acoustical treatment. 

Sound suppressors and silencers were added to the ducts that deliver warm and cool air to the space.  They float above the pipe grid, hidden, black and suspended by springs to minimize the sound of discharging air and the fans of the mechanical equipment.

Located on the first floor of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, the studio helps to fulfill their desire to have ”JASS make current and emerging technologies available to all its students”.  The JASS Studio is a hushed six-sided black box, crafted by technology and waiting to be animated by creativity.

Mardigian Library Study Rooms

New group study rooms were added to the first and second floors of Mardigian Library in the spring of 2014.  Formerly staff offices, the rooms were transformed with a simple renovation.  Large interior windows were added for light and visibility. Acoustical wallcovering helps absorb sound and improves acoustics.   Along with the architectural and finish upgrades the second floor rooms have large computer monitors installed and the first floor study room has a collaborative multimedia area where multiple people can project their information on a common screen. 

The study rooms are included as part of an ongoing pilot program where new and innovative design in planning, furniture and technology are being tested and may appear in a future library renovation.

Modular Research Laboratories

As the Science Building undergoes renovation, Facilities Planning and Natural Sciences worked diligently to find space for UM faculty to continue their research.  Three chemistry faculty and two biology faculty now call these state-of-the-art Modular Research Labs, (MRL) their temporary home. The complex consists of two laboratory modules and a restroom module.   Each laboratory has two fume hoods, chemical storage and general storage cabinets, countertops, sinks, air/gas, and eyewash/showers.   Faculty will be able to continue their research in the MRL until the Science Building - and their permanent laboratories - reopen in 2016.

Biology Faculty Research Labs

CW 1122 was recently renovated to convert a standard classroom into biology faculty research laboratory space serving two faculty members.  The room was subdivided into three connected spaces:  two wet laboratories plus a central shared equipment space housing a fume hood, biological safety cabinet, shower/eyewash, refrigerator and freezer.  Research is now up and running in these beautiful and functional spaces.

Recycling System

The Single Stream Recycling program rolled out in July across campus and has been a great success. We continue to work with our  Stewards of Sustainability  to increase awareness and compliance with the program.

CASL Multi-Media

Generous donor funds from the Kochoff family were recently used as CASL 1030 underwent renovations to enhance its' usefulness as a venue for many types of events and teaching opportunities.  The space has been renamed the Mary Kochoff Auditorium.  The outdated slide-projection booth was removed from the rear of the room and infilled with seating that had been removed from the front row.  Opening up the front provides a more conducive environment for musical and "stage" productions.  The Audio-visual system was updated and now offers two projectors and screens and enhanced touch-panel operations.  Finally, the lighting and lighting controls were upgraded to support the many different uses for the room.


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