The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a $42.5 million renovation of Roosevelt Hall as the top state capital outlay funding request on Tuesday, Oct.19.
The project represents phase two of the expansion and growth of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology.
The University’s Five Year Capital Outlay Plan was approved by the Board of Regents to submit Roosevelt Hall as the University’s top project request for state cost participation for the fiscal year 2023.
If approved as part of the State’s Capital Outlay Process, the University’s cost share would be $12.5 million, according to EMU. The plan’s approval will dictate the funding mix of 75% state contribution and 25% Eastern contribution, approved at $30 million.
Roosevelt Hall, home to four separate divisions within the College of Engineering and Technology, has programs in Technology & Professional Services Management School such as Aviation, Business Management and Marketing Technology, Secondary Education Business, and Paralegal.
Programs in visual and built environments present in Roosevelt hall include fashion, marketing innovation, interior design, and merchandising. Additionally, ROTC-Military Science and K-12 STEM outreach are housed in Roosevelt, according to EMU.
Furthermore, this project includes renovation of approximately 95,000 square feet and will provide space for students, advising centers, collaboration and maker’s spaces, and faculty offices.
Earlier this year, the University completed Phase one of the growth and expansion plan of GACET. As a result, Sill Hall, which cost $40 million, became a newly expanded showcase of technology focused on engineering, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicle research, robotics, and virtual reality.