2 | BEC ANNUAL REPORT 2018 ENGINEERING LAB BUILDING UM-Dearborn officially broke ground on the new Engineering Lab Building in the spring at a special ceremony attended by more than 200 guests including the campus community, alumni and industry leaders. At the ceremony, the university announced a $1M + gift from the Omron Foundation, which will establish the Omron Robotics and Human Factors Lab, the company’s first named lab in the state of Michigan and its largest lab commitment anywhere in the country.An additional gift created the Omron Endowed Scholarship in Electrical Engineering, which will be awarded for the first time in 2019. “The relationship between Omron and UM-Dearborn is a great example of industry partnering with higher education,” said Jeff Hall, executive director - strategic sales, Omron Automation Americas. “It began when one of our employees – an alumna of the university – became a member of an industrial advisory board at the College of Engineering and Computer Science. We became increasingly aware of the university’s high academic standards, emphasis on experiential learning and for its commitment to this region, graduating exceedingly qualified, work-ready engineers who stay in southeast Michigan. When the opportunity arose to partner with UM-Dearborn, we were excited to make the investment in innovation.” With its expected opening in Summer 2020, the new ELB will be a signature building on campus that will transform engineering education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the university. It will include cutting-edge teaching labs and modern classrooms designed to facilitate entrepreneurial problem solving, encourage multidisciplinary cooperation in the context of 21st-century engineering instruction and provide studentswith newcollaboration and project spaces. In addition to student education, the ELB will provide opportunities for pioneering research partnerships with industry. Leading-edge laboratories include power engineering, cybersecurity, robotics and human factors, and bioengineering. The new facilitywill also allow for expanded K-12 and community outreach efforts, with a focus on women and minorities. “In today’s global, competitive economy, there is no doubt about the necessity for industry to partner with higher education,” Hall said. “The collaboration produces industry-relevant research that brings new products to market and innovations to solve industry’s most pressing challenges. These partnerships also create a robust talent pipeline of career-ready students prepared to be effective employees and leaders in their field. “We’re also excited about the commitment to southeast Michigan that our company and UM-Dearborn share. Together,wewill continue to strengthen the economyof our region and develop innovations that will ultimately result in products for the betterment and enjoyment of society as a whole.” Designed by SmithGroupJJR Detroit, the $90 million project was initially approved in June 2016. Once completed, the new ELB will include 123,000 square feet of space—57,000 square feet of renovation and 66,000 of new building construction. One third of project funding will come through the state of Michigan’s capital outlay budget, one third from bond financing, with the remainder coming from individual, corporate and university support. Last year, the university announced a $1.25 million pledge from University of Michigan Regent Ronald N. Weiser and Eileen L. Weiser. OMRON FOUNDATION SUPPORTS NEW ELB, ENGINEERING STUDENTS WITH $1M+ GIFT ELB CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE Completed in 2018 • Move out, including campus IT Hub • Hazardous material abatement • Demolition • Foundations • Underground mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) • Complete rebuild of campus steam boiler plant housed in ELB • Interior MEP 3-D coordination process • Structural steel erection • Temporary weather protection Upcoming/ongoing work • Replacement of major electrical gear • Masonry • Interior partition layout • Overhead MEP work • Exterior building envelope • Interior build-out Timeline • Equipment and furnishings move-in - Spring 2020 • Construction completion - Summer 2020 • Move-in - Summer 2020 • Open for classes - Fall 2020