University of Michigan-Flint adding $39 million building for STEM classes

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/8/2017) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved construction of a new $39 million building on the Flint campus that will house STEM classes.

The 65,000-square-foot building will add a third wing to the William R. Murchie Science Building, which houses science, technology, engineering and math courses.

U of M officials say enrollment in STEM classes has increased by 84 percent over the past decade. The new project will add more flexible spaces able to meet the needs of modern education and plan for the future.

“We are extremely excited to move to the next phase of planning for the expansion of this important facility,” said Mike Hague, U of M-Flint vice chancellor of business and finance, in a statement on the university's website. “This planned addition will provide new state-of-the-art architecture and interactive learning spaces essential to our high-quality programs and ensure that UM-Flint facilities remain on the cutting-edge in the fields of STEM.”

U of M-Flint plans to start awarding construction contracts and bids for the project soon.

Construction is should be complete by the winter of 2020 and provide 100 jobs. Part of the cost is being paid by the state of Michigan's capital outlay for colleges and universities, along with a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.