Wayne State is implementing construction projects that will impact our daily activities. Three noteworthy projects are the Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), the Student Center Building renovations and various eletrical service upgrades.
IBio - The Integrative Biosciences Center has been WSU’s priority one project submitted for Capital Outlay consideration since FY 2009, as a new research facility is critical to enabling WSU to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) funding and initiatives. WSU requested $90 million in Capital Outlay funding to partially cover its portion of the costs of the IBio project, and in December, 2010, was conditionally awarded $30 million by the State of Michigan and was authorized to proceed with final programming and schematic design in accordance with State project development guidelines. This new research facility is critical to enabling WSU to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) funding and initiatives, and will support 67 PI teams representing multiple program components. The $92 million MBRB project includes the repurposing of the existing Dagleish Cadillac Dealership in TechTown with frontage on Cass Avenue, and an addition extending to the east boasting a Woodward address to support the 207,000 square foot facility. The project is scheduled to be occupied in March 2015.
Student Center Building renovations: http://studentcenter.wayne.edu/new/#top
During the past decade the University has experienced several electrical power outages including the northeast regional power outage of August 2003. On many other occasions the University has experienced wide variation in electrical voltage as supplied by both the Detroit Public Lighting Department (PLD) and Detroit Edison (DTE). Problems with PLD electrical reliability have been especially acute in recent years, forcing the University to shut down operations and cancel classes in June 2011 and September 2013. Planned solutions to mitigate the impact of major outages as well as “brownouts” and power surges include additional emergency back-up power generators, uninterruptable power supplies for sensitive instrumentation, and time delay restart devices for freezers. Multiple buildings and locations will receive electrical service reliability upgrades such as generators, uninterruptable power supply, freezer protection, and service entrance upgrades.
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