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NMU power plant Building in design and validation phase PAGE 2A

Temaki and Tea relocation Moving closer to completion


International conference held Sports biomechanics group brings 300 people PAGE 4A

The Pink Experience

Engineering audits Saving energy and money PAGE 5A

Cancer awareness event at NMU ‘exceeded expectations’

By CRAIG REMSBURG Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Last October’s inaugural “Pink Experience” at Northern Michigan University for breast cancer awareness was so successful, plans are already being made for an encore. “We’re talking with the NMU athletic department right now,” said Pat Bray, president of the Marquette General Hospital Foundation. “We want to do it again and we’re fleshing out the details for next October.” The event replaced the annual “Paint the Rink Pink” function involving the former Marquette Rangers Junior hockey team. Proceeds from the 2010 event, which involved several Wildcat teams, went to the MGH Breast Cancer Care Program. Bray said $15,000 was raised through the first event. “We were hoping to be right around there (financially),” he said. “NMU helping out was so important. (Athletic Director) Ken Godfrey was just wonderful.” Brian Gaudreau, associate director of programming for intercollegiate athletics

Electrical power tech program Gaining interest


President Obama

Photos from the visit PAGE 7A

Lifelong learning The vision continues PAGE 8A

and recreational sports at NMU, said the university was happy to join The Pink Experience. “Our focus has been community engagement over the past few years. This is just another great opportunity to form a partnership with Marquette General Health System,” he said, “to do what we can to raise money and awareness for cancer research.” The day began with a home NMU women’s swimming/diving meet where the Wildcats wore pink caps. A Northern home soccer game followed against Michigan Tech. The NMU players wore pink jerseys. An afternoon walk in the Superior Dome was then led by NMU president Les Wong and MGHS president and CEO Gary Muller. “Both of them are so involved with projects in the community, any time we can have their involvement is great,” Bray said. “They’re two people looked upon as community leaders. “ Between 300-350 people took part in the walk, he added. An NMU hockey game that night against Ohio State at the Berry Events Center saw the Wildcats and game referees/linesmen

wearing pink jerseys. Afterwards, the Wildcat jerseys were sold for between $200 and $1,100 apiece, Bray said. “One jersey, for Justin Florek (of Marquette) went for $1,100,” he said. “All the jerseys were sold.” “The Pink Experience” T-shirts were also sold at all the day’s events and nearly sold out. “We had a few left over,” Bray said. “We had more than we thought we’d need, but we were very pleased with the sales.” The MGH Radiation Oncology Department staffed a booth at every event to “explain procedures for breast cancer patients,” he added. He said the daylong event “went great.” “We had a really good turnout for all four events,” Bray said. “We were really pleased. It exceeded our expectations. “(Breast Cancer) is such an important topic. We hope (the Pink Experience) helped people keep it in mind.” Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906228-2500, ext. 251. His e-mail address is

Dining hall renovations Marketplace undergoing facelift


International partnerships Sends delegation to Cuba


Jamrich Hall

Renovations $33.9 million to start project


2A -— The Mining Journal Monday, March 28


NMU’s power plant plans for progress in building design

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — Plans for an addition to the Ripley Heating Plant at Northern Michigan University are moving forward as the new year begins. At its December meeting, the NMU Board of Trustees approved the design and validation phase of the newest project, which if validated could mean NMU could begin construction on a biomass fueled cogeneration heat and power plant in 2012. This plant has been a long time in the making. As far back as three years ago, plans were made for a $66 million, 10-megawatt facility that would produce 100 percent of NMU’s steam heating needs plus provide enough additional steam to sell to Marquette General Hospital. But as economic forecasts trended downward, prospects looked began to look grim for such a large project. “The state economic climate being what it is, our funding prospects in Lansing pretty much evaporated,” said Art Gischia, director of auxiliary services at NMU. So, while Johnson Controls Inc. was doing performance contracting with two other facilities on campus to determine effective energy usage, the university asked them to take a look at the cogeneration plant. With the help of Johnson Controls, a new plan was developed. The concept for the 11,000-square-foot revised plant will use a solid fuel stoker boiler capable of burning woody biomass to meet 87 percent of the university’s thermal needs and 16 percent of the university’s electrical needs. Backup for the plant will come from natural gas.

In the first year, it is estimated to save the university $50,000 in operational costs and in 20 years, the university should be able to retire the debt from the project, Gischia said. While it is still a major project, it has a much smaller price tag and still meets the goals of the original project — dependency on a single fuel source and lower operational costs. “It’s exciting to see a project that was rapidly disappearing coming back into focus,” Gischia said. “It’s a great opportunity and we’re pretty excited.” NMU is working with a consulting firm in Lansing to apply for a different permit from the state of Michigan, having received a permit for the previous plant design in December 2009. The university has a preliminary review meeting scheduled for Feb. 22 in Lansing. Gischia said he expects NMU to have the full permit submitted in mid-March, when there will be a second review session. Gischia said updates will be provided to the NMU Board of Trustees at its April and July meeting. A final review from Johnson Controls will be submitted to the board in September. With approval, construction is scheduled to start in spring of 2012 and take about year, with the goal to have the plant operational by spring April of 2013. The plant will be constructed to the west of the current Ripley Heating Plant and will be connected to the current facility. Woody biomass, which is the mixed wood byproduct of forest management, currently sells for about $27-30 a ton. The plant is projected to burn about 40,000 tons

a year, Gischia said. Part of the research done by Johnson Controls was to reaffirm that there is enough supply available to support the plant. There are 9.5 times NMU’s needs available in the market and 5.5 times their needs immediately available, Gischia said. Not only will the project have a positive fiscal impact on the university, the impact the local community will also be positive, since all of the construction work will be competitively bid out loPictured is Northern Michigan University’s Ripley Heating Plant at the corner of cally and the plant will Wright Street and Sugarloaf Avenue. NMU announced that it has dropped its coalrequire additional hiring, burning permit for a proposed cogeneration heating and steam plant. (Journal file photo) Gischia said.

The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28 — 3A


Off-campus eatery

Above, Adam Heinlein, foreground, and Mark Heinlein, from Carpet Specialists lay tile in the old Hardees building, which will soon become the new site for Temaki and Tea as well as the franchise Smoothie King. (Journal photo by Danielle Pemble) Below, associate director of engineering and planning for NMU Jim Thams shows off where the new patio is being installed outside the former Hardees building on Presque Isle. (Journal file photo)

New building provides student lounge space near campus

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — The former Hardees restaurant on Presque Isle has seen some changes under its new owner — Northern Michigan University. The university purchased the property two years ago and began renovations in November to prepare the building to house campus sushi restaurant Temaki and Tea and a new Smoothie King restaurant franchise. “The intent of the building is to provide student lounge space on this part of campus,” Jim Thams, associate director of engineering and planning for NMU, said. The building will remain the same structurally, but changes have been made to paint, flooring and seating, Thams said. Fixtures have been changed both inside

and outside the building and new ceilings are in. Once the weather cooperates, a patio will be added in front of the building to create outdoor seating. A gas fireplace with a stone mantel rounds out a series of interior improvements designed to create a cozy atmosphere. Benches, booths, soft seating and big screen TVs will also add to the ambience. All new kitchen equipment is also being installed. Temaki and Tea is currently located in the university’s Hedgcock Building, but has outgrown that space, according to NMU officials. The new location will provide more room for food preparation and serving, according to Cindy Paavola, director of communications and marketing for the university. Options for a replace-

ment eatery in Hedgcock are currently being explored, she said. Smoothie King makes custom blended drinks with real fruit, pure juices and nutritional supplements. As of February, the project was 75 percent completed, Thams said. NMU’s Dining Services is scheduled to begin moving into the building in mid-March and construction will wrap up shortly after. Weather will dictate when the patio is poured and when some roofing work can be completed, Thams said. One of the rooftop heating units was replaced over the winter. The restaurants will be open to the general public. The general contractor for the project is Gundlach Champion. The project is being funded from NMU auxiliary services revenue.

4A — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28


International biometric conference comes to NMU

USOEC head weightlifting coach Andy Tysz, right, explains methods and techniques of Olympic weightliftings, as athlete Robin Feuerman demonstrates. The demonstration was part of one of the applied session of the 2010 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference, that was held at NMU. (Journal file photo)

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — Bringing together researchers and those who apply that information was the goal of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Congress held at Northern Michigan University last July. Sports biomechanics is the study of how the laws of mechanics and physics affect human performance, specifically in sports. Professors, students, athletes and coaches with this interest from all over the world gathered for a week in Marquette at this annual confer-

ence. This year’s conference will be held in Portugal. The goal was to make connections between scientists and practitioners, according to conference chair and NMU professor Randall Jensen. “The mission of ISBS is to provide a link between the people who do research in the field with those who are actually practitioners,” he said. “And try and make the science understandable to those people so they can make it usable in their daily routine with sport.” About 250 delegates

from 27 countries traveled to Marquette, and including guests and workers, about 300 people attended. It featured an international set of keynote speakers, paper and poster presentations, applied sessions in various sports and 15 vendors. NMU students could show off their work at the conference, Jensen said. “Northern has been very supportive of allowing our undergraduate students to be able to present, as well as our graduate students,” he said. “In the last five years, we’ve had somewhere

on the order of 18 graduate students and six undergraduate students who have presented papers at conferences.” The opening ceremony featured a welcome from Jensen, university provost Susan Koch, ISBS president Manfred Vieten and Harvey Wallace, the head of NMU’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department. Putting in a bid for the conference two years earlier, Jensen stressed to the ISBS board of di-

rectors the richness of this area’s natural surroundings and the number of things conferencegoers could do in that environment. The bid was approved unanimously. “We’ve heard nothing but good things from the people who’ve been coming in,” Jensen said. “Everybody loves the community. They love the woods. They are intrigued by (Lake Superior) and amazed that it’s so large. Many of them have commented that it looks like the ocean.”

Kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and mine tours were among the activities planned for those attending. A pasty picnic and sunset cruise at Pictured Rocks in Alger County was also held. Jensen hoped those who attended would want to visit the U.P. again, and also said he hoped they learned valuable information at the conference. For more information about ISBS, visit

The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28 — 5A


NMU engineering audits save energy and money

By STEVE BROWNLEE Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Seemingly small changes are adding up to big savings at Northern Michigan University. The savings are significant enough that a pilot program to save energy in two campus buildings is scheduled to spread to about 10 more buildings in the next phase of this project. Performance contracting is the name of the process, where utilities in a building are evaluated and much of it becomes automated to save energy, and therefore, money. “Everything is going to be more efficient,” said Brandon Sager, NMU owners representative and sustainability coordinator for facilities and engineering and planning. “The real focus is on saving energy by turning

things off automatically when they aren't being used.” The initial project began last May at the Jacobetti Center and University Center, and is now being evaluated. Those buildings were targeted as large energy users that could be the most dramatically improved through modern, high-tech engineering. “We’re in the final stages of the first project,” Sager said. Johnson Controls was hired by the university to evaluate and oversee changes to things such as lighting; heating and air conditioning; and replacing or updating lamps, fans, motors and pumps. Other items like occupancy sensors were introduced to further increase the savings. The company guaranteed at least $320,500 in energy savings in the two

buildings, and while the final numbers aren’t in, Sager expects that number to be met. Other campus buildings to be included in Phase 2 should be the science buildings, PEIF and Berry Events Center. “Each of these buildings by themselves probably won’t have the savings of the first two, but the total should still be significant,” Sager said, comparing them favorably to the $320,000 amount of the first phase. A wide range of things were looked at in the first phase. In the Jacobetti Center, for example, lighting has been dramatically improved. Instead of using four light bulbs in a specific place, two newer and more energy-efficient bulbs might replace them. This marks the first time performance contracting

Mike Soucy, an electrician with United Contractors, works on replacing light bulbs in the Jacobetti Center at Northern Michigan University. Replacement of the bulbs is part of performance contracting project undertaken by the university to increase energy savings in some of the campus buildings. (Journal file photo)

has been used on Northern’s campus, and using a private company to perform the audit helps the university. "It's our first time doing it. With our limited staff, it would be hard for us to be performing the audit ourselves," Sager said.

Performance contracting was popular in the 1980s and is slowly making a comeback, especially because it does not have a lot of upfront costs, Sager said. The studies have a positive side effect, too. “The number of complaint

calls has been cut down as we understand how buildings are heated, cooled and lighted.”

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246. His e-mail address is

6A — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28


NMU electrical power technician program picks up speed

By CRAIG REMSBURG Journal Staff MARQUETTE — On April 30, the first students in a two-year electrical power technician workforce training program at Northern Michigan University will graduate. “We have only eight (graduating) in April, but we’ll have 14 in our second class (in 2012),” said Mike Rudisill, NMU Engineering and Technology Department head. “The program is going very well, but the second class enrollment is a little disappointing. When we received the ($673,462) grant (for the program), we promised to get at least 20 in the class. We’ll need to do that the third year.” The program, established last fall, received the grant through the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The associate degree program was created in conjunction with Upper Peninsula power companies to meet the demand for workers in the areas of electrical power generation, transmission and distribution systems, according to Rudisill. NMU offers the degree in collaboration with the Midwest Skills Development Center and U.P. power companies. The program was established in the fall of 2009 to address a shortage of technicians needed to fill critical positions in all areas of the systems. A portion of the grant has been used to fund state-of-the-art equip-

ment for students. Some $300,000- $400,000 has been spent on specialty test equipment alone. Money has also been used to add an instructor for the NMU program and a mock substation — with a large transformer as its centerpiece — is being installed outside the Jacobetti Center through the support of a number of Upper Peninsula power companies.“It’s almost complete,” Rudisill said. “There are just a few pieces of equipment to The transformer portion of the mock substation is maneuvered into place at the Jacobetti Center at. (Journal file install and some wiring photo) to be done. “They students used it last fall, but haven’t this winter due to the weather. It has all worked well, though.” The transformer allows students to practice troubleshooting and maintenance procedures they would use if employed by a utility, transmission or generation company. Rudisill said the NMU program not only gives students proper training, but gives them “a good path” to well-paying jobs. “Even though the economy has not been good, starting salaries for graduates will be in the $40,000-$60,000 range,” he said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students.” Rudisill added there are scholarships available for prospective students. Anyone interested in joining the program can contact the Engineering and Technology Department at 227-2190. Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-2282500, ext. 251. His email address is

Students in the electrical line technician program Jacob Doss, top, and Cody Harju work on “clipping in” during a demonstration at an open house for the electrical line technician program to showcase the skills students gain during the program. (Journal file photo)


The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28 — 7A

President Barack Obama visits NMU, pushes wireless

Top left and right, President Barack Obama gives a speech at NMU. Above right, President Obama talks to a chemistry class in Negaunee while he participates in an interactive WiMAX demonstration at Northern Michigan University explained to him by Joseph Lubig, NMU assistant professor of education before his speech at the Vandament Arena. Above left, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Northern Michigan University President Leslie Wong before his speech at the Vandament Arena. Also pictured in the front row from left, is Nathan Wong, Phyllis Wong and U.S. Senator Carl Levin. (Journal photos by Danielle Pemble)

8A — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28


A lifetime of learning Vision of former NMU president continues as Northern Center for Lifelong Learning 15 years later

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — These are classes without quizzes or grades, meant for enjoyment and enrichment for nontraditional students. Last fall, the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning celebrated 15 years focusing on retirees as students, enriching their lives with a variety of classes and activities while helping them enjoy the company of each other and the community. “It's 15 years of growing, learning, being with friends, making new friends, having new experiences and seeing new and interesting places,” said Pat Frenn, chairwoman of the NCLL board of directors. “And that’s what the organization does.” She has been active in NCLL for more than six years and board chair for three. This member-oriented group offers classes, activities and special interest groups for retirees interested in continuing to learn. Courses are offered at low or no cost, with discounts for members who pay a small yearly fee.

Course fees cover office and printing costs, as well as costs associated with presenters, Frenn said. It all began in November 1994 when William Vandament, then president of Northern Michigan University, saw a need to provide these sort of enrichment opportunities for area retirees. Familiar with similar programs in California, he set the wheels in motion to start a group to meet the needs of a specific niche at NMU. He organized personnel that included John Argeropolous, at the time the coordinator of continuing education at NMU, and the resources that would be necessary to form the group. Argeropolous is still involved in NCLL. In May 1995, the group kicked off with an event featuring local historian Fred Rydholm and its first three minicourses — hiking and nature study, recreation writing, and local history. It didn’t take long for membership to grow enough to support nine courses and a new office built in 1996 at the Superi-

Members of a class on speedskating, organized by the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning, watch speedskater hopefuls at the Berry Events Center. (Journal file photo)

or Dome. The first NCLL president was former NMU chemistry professor John Frey. Some 200 members strong in 2010, the organization offers about 25 courses per season that include outdoor activities, tours, workshops, social events and health care-related presentations. Ongoing interest groups meet monthly or weekly for lunch, discussions or bridge, among other topics.

Paula McCormick, curriculum committee chair of the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning, poses at the Berry Events Center during a recent NCLL class on speedskating. (Journal file photo)

NCLL is a non-profit organization and run by a 14-member board. Membership is open to anyone, not just retirees. Vandament and his wife Margery traveled from California as special guests to help NCLL cele-

brate its 15th year in September. “We’re so grateful that he has had the vision to see this happen,” Frenn said. Annual membership is $20 per person and provides members with discounted class rates, al-

though membership is not required to participate. For more information and to view a class schedule, visit L. To contact the group, email or call 227-2979.

The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28 — 9A


NMU’s Marketplace undergoing facelift

Drink stations have been moved into the dining area of the Marketplace to help students make the transition to trayless dining easier and more convenient. (Journal file photo)

By CRAIG REMSBURG Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Phase 2 of a multi-year renovation project of the Marketplace dining area at Northern Michigan University may begin as early as May 1. Greg Minner, director of dining services at NMU, said the project would would include carpeting of the dining room, painting, tile work and an upgrade of heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment. Phase 1 of the project, completed last summer, saw the Marketplace — the primary dining area for several NMU residence halls — saw numerous improvements. Included was the reduction of entries from two on opposite sides of

the facility to one central location, which improved traffic flow and cut labor costs in staffing the entry; going “trayless” to cut down the amount of food wasted; an increase in seating; and the addition of two drink stations, which allowed for a greater selection. “The first phase has been pretty successful,” Minner said. “Students like to get their drinks in the dining area and not in the food court. Students found that cumbersome. “Doing away with trays has worked very well,” he added. “There were a week or so of concerns initially, but after that, the students got used to it. “ Minner said a cost

analysis of the amount of savings resulting from the “trayless” concept may be available

hundreds of pounds of food . An aging freight elevator was also replaced,

The first phase has been pretty successful. Students like to get their drinks in the dining area and not in the food court. Students found that cumbersome. - Greg Minner

director of dining services

by the end of the current semester. “We want to see the effect for two full semesters,” he said on the potential saving of

One of the new cashier stations that have been located at the new central entrance for the Marketplace dining area. (Journal file photo)

though the installation was delayed until after the holiday break.

“We had to go another semester working with an elevator from the 1960s, but (the new one is) working really well now,” Minner said. “It was an eight-week install.” Another addition to the Marketplace — located the Gantbetween Spalding and PayneHalvorson residence hall lobbies — was a special NMU-themed dining area decorated with Wildcat jerseys and memorabilia. Based on student requests, hour of operation of the Marketplace were extended. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-

day through Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Minner said additional Marketplace renovations are planned for 2012. They would include general maintenance of the food court area, flooring, equipment and repairs for structural wear-andtear. “We’re also looking at enlarging the food court area to give students more (food) options,” he said.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-2282500, ext. 251. His email address is

10A — The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28


NMU continues to form partnerships with international universities

From left; Northern Michigan University international students Clemence Atallah, Eileen Klingsiek, Angelique Blanc, Tina Marquardt and Vanessa Brockman (Journal file photo)

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University added Cuba to its growing list of international partners this year, forming relationships with universities there. The partnership with Cuba involved a lengthy application process. An NMU delegation traveled to the island to meet with officials from two Cuban universities. NMU is one of only 16 U.S. institutions granted a license for study abroad programs in the country and the first to extend its presence beyond Havana. Two NMU students who accompanied the group remained for the semester at the University of Matanzas, east of the nation’s capital. “Today’s students are the ambassadors of tomorrow and NMU building a relationship with Cuba reflects our interest in getting our students out into the world to serve in this vital role,” NMU President Les Wong said in a press release. “The two NMU students who will be studying in Cuba this semester are true pioneers. They are the first Americans that many of the Cuban students have ever met and they are great ambassadors for our university and the nation.” Michael Wiese-Gomez, a senior Spanish major from Marquette, and Natasha Gallagher, a junior history major from Midland, began their term at the University of Matanzas on Feb. 15. Both speak advanced-level Spanish, a prerequisite for studying in Cuba. They live in residence halls, attend classes with Cuban students and take 12-18 credits in a range of topics, including Spanish, culture, social sciences and literatures. Matanzas is called the City of Bridges because of its three rivers. It is also known as the “Athens of Cuba” by virtue of the historical architecture and monuments. The city’s population is about 170,000. “International opportunities for students and faculty represent a central theme in NMU’s Road Map to 2015,” said Susan Koch, NMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “With Cuba engaged in a historic social, political and economic transition, the opportunity for NMU faculty and students to be witnesses to and participants in this transition is an extraordinary international opportunity.” Marcelo Siles, director of International Programs at NMU, said the University of Havana has agreed to sign a similar pact, pending approval by the coun-

try’s minister of education. Both partnerships will create opportunities for shortterm faculty research and possible trips by U.S. Olympic Education Center athletes for training or competition. Siles said the University of Havana is particularly interested in working with NMU in the sciences and both schools want to glean information about a hightech learning environment.

NMU has a campus-wide notebook computer program and is the only U.S. university to operate its own WiMAX network, which President Barack Obama highlighted during his trip to Marquette in February. The day before the NMU delegation left for Cuba, the Obama administration lifted some restrictions on academic travel to the country. Koch said the

move will ease constraints on programs like NMU’s and was a decision welcomed by both U.S. and Cuban educational institutions. The NMU delegation included Wong and his wife Phyllis, Koch, Siles, the two students, NMU Board of Trustee Chairman Brian Cloyd and professors Neil Cumberlidge and Amy Orf. In addition to meeting with representatives of the two

Cuban universities, the group listened to a presentation by a local doctor on the country’s health care system and visited places of interest such as museums, historic landmarks and cultural centers. Last spring, three representatives from Bangkokthonburi University, a private institution in Bangkok, Thailand, that was established about a

decade ago, visited NMU to sign a memorandum of understanding to create a relationship with NMU to allow for student and faculty exchanges and collaborations on research and publications. Northern has MOUs with schools in a dozen other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Sweden.

The Mining Journal, Monday, March 28 — 11A


NMU preps for Jamrich renovations $33.9 million project to start in 2012

Construction work on Jamrich Hall should start in 2012 and is projected to take 15 months. Crews will work to replace numerous building systems and obtain LEED certification for the building. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)

By KYLE WHITNEY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE—Northern Michigan University students will have to adjust to life without Jamrich Hall next year. At a recent university forum, NMU President Les Wong said the plan is to begin retrofitting and construction on the 42-

The bill was signed by former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm prior to the end of her term and provides $25.4 million of the $33.9 million needed for the project. Most of the remaining $8.5 million will come from NMU’s deferred maintenance reserves — which are intended for the long-term

There are many goals for the project, one of them is to reconfigure the facility so it supports active learning and newer technology. - Kathy Richards

Vice President of engineering and planning

year-old building during the 2012-2013 school year. “At that time, we’ll all be affected by that, because we will close the building entirely and the 40 percent of our curriculum that is taught in Jamrich will be moved to other locations on campus,” he said. The project, which will mark the first major construction work on the building since it was built in 1969, was largely funded by a capital outlay bill.

upkeep of campus facilities and come from an annual general fund allocation. The rest of the bill will likely be funded through bonding, according to Gavin Leach, NMU’s vice president of finance and administration. Kathy Richards, the associate vice president of engineering and planning and facilities at NMU, is overseeing the Jamrich project. “There are many goals for the project,” she said.

“One of them is to reconfigure the facility so it supports active learning and newer technology.” The project would overhaul Jamrich’s electrical wiring and building systems and aim for LEED energy efficiency certification. Also, a planned addition would house faculty offices. Richards said this will place the faculty in closer proximity to the students and allow more collaboration. She said the university has a 17-person team, made up of faculty and staff, as well as the president of the Associated Students of NMU. The team has been meeting to determine a direction for the project before an architect is hired. Proposals for architectural work are due to NMU during the first week of March. Richards said a review of the proposals will follow and that she hopes an architect will be brought onto the project by the end of March or early April. Richards estimates that once an architect is involved, planning will take about a year. She hopes construction will begin on the main project soon after graduation in spring of

2012. The project is expected to take about 15 months to complete. Richards said the layout and capacity of the building will remain largely the same and said the team is using space utilization software to better relocate the displaced students. “If everything aligns cor-

rectly, we think we (have enough space on campus) right now,” she said. Wong said that, although the project may be temporarily inconvenient, the result will be positive. “It will be challenging, but there is no better sign of a campus on the move than major construction

and getting an academic building in place that will serve our main purpose really, really well,” he said.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-2282500, ext. 250. His e-mail address is

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