Michigan looks to move forward with athletics project

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

There is one athletic department-related item on the meeting budget for the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting on Thursday.

Interim athletic director Jim Hackett is seeking Regents authorization to issue bids and construction contracts to move forward with the Athletics South Competition and Performance project that is part of the Stephen Ross Athletic Campus.

The Regents last September approved the project and TMP Architecture as the designer.

This request is for the demolition of the Edwards Brothers Malloy building, which is unused by the university, for the building site. According to the proposal, this land will allow the project to be built with less impact to existing wetlands.

The proposal will cost $2.4 million which is included in the $168 million project cost. Athletic department resources and gifts, including a $100 million naming gift from Ross, will fund the project. The site cleaning would begin in April and be completed by the summer.

Also on the Regents meeting agenda is a request to approve the schematic design and project revisions, including scope and budget, for the Intramural Sports Building renovation. This request is not from the athletic department but submitted by Royster Harper, vice president for Student Life.

The Regents last September approved the project to renovate the building which was built in 1928. They will be asked to approve increase the project budget from $18.7 million to $21.4 million so that the plans will also include air conditioning, perimeter drains and larger group exercise rooms. Funding will be provided from investment proceeds and the Student Life Student Fee for Facility Renewal. Construction is expected to be completed by fall, 2016.