$250,000 renovations under way at University of Michigan-Flint pavilion
(03/26/18) - Walking into the Pavilion at the University of Michigan-Flint, there's a basement-like feeling, with many of the windows blocked from view.
"It is dark down there. This building really hasn't done a refresh in awhile," said Mike Hague, the vice chancellor for business and finance at the Flint campus.
That's about to change.
"We are going to be tearing out the escalators and leaving that area open with some new guardrails, to let the light come in from upstairs," Hague said. "We've also spent some time downstairs putting in a new floor and kind of an atrium area down there, lets a lot of light in, some new tables."
Also, a vendor will be moving from the side that faces Saginaw Street to open up more windows and let in more natural light. The move will create more downstairs seating space.
There is also a plan to add a big "M" on the floor where the escalators currently sit. Administrators are considering space for another food option for visitors.
"We really wanted to open the place up and brighten the place up give them some better places to sit, some better places to hang out," Hague said.
He pointed out the escalators are old and require a lot of maintenance. A stairwell will be opened up to replace them. The building already has an elevator.
Hague said the goal is to make the pavilion a much more open and inviting space for everyone.
"I think the view along Saginaw, I'm thinking for like Back to the Bricks and some of those events, that's going to be great -- all windows along that side there," he said. "So I'm really excited about the things we can do along the bricks and along Saginaw."
The $250,000 dollar project is expected to be completed sometime this summer.