$7.5M upgrade planned for University of Michigan residences on North Campus
The University of Michigan is seeking permission to spend $7.5 million updating infrastructure in three out of five of its Northwood apartment complexes on North Campus.
It also follows the scheduled summer closing of North Campus dormitory Baits I for being uninhabitable.
While the Baits II upgrade includes improvements to common areas as well as infrastructure upgrades, the Northwood upgrades will focus solely on system improvements, including the installation of a new fire alarm system and hot water boilers.
The three Northwood complexes span 419,000 feet and include 58 buildings that contain 668 units. They were built in the late 1950s.
Northwood III was converted to undergraduate housing from graduate housing a few years ago in order to allay a growing on-campus housing crunch at the Ann Arbor school.
With two major dorms under renovation next year and the closing of the 575-bed Baits I, the housing crunch at the university has worsened, and the school is converting Northwood I and II to undergraduate housing from graduate family housing for fall 2012.
The proposed project brings the five-year North Campus dorm construction total to $22.5 million, while dorm construction and improvements on Central Campus has exceeded $440 million.
The Board of Regents will vote on the project at the meeting on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.