Ferris Trustees Approve New HVAC System for Arts and Sciences Building
BIG RAPIDS -- The Ferris State University Board of Trustees today (April 9) approved
the installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the
Arts and Sciences Complex and air conditioning for G. Mennen Williams Auditorium in
the Starr Building which will require some summer classes to be relocated to other
The existing HVAC system for the Arts and Sciences Complex has become unreliable making
it difficult to maintain a consistent level of comfort for occupants, said Mike Hughes,
associate vice president for Physical Plant.
Clark Construction of Lansing is construction manager and Progressive AE of Grand
Rapids, architectural engineer for the project.
"We have been working very closely with College of Arts and Sciences representatives
to minimize disruption to faculty, staff and students. We hope to have some of the
work completed over the summer with testing and quality control measures to follow,"
The Starr Building will be closed for classes all summer, and the Science Building
will be closed after June 30. The Arts and Sciences Complex will be ready for fall
semester kick-off on Aug. 23. All summer course offerings in the College of Arts and
Sciences had already been relocated across the campus prior to student registration
for summer semester. The Arts and Sciences Commons will remain open during the project.
Matthew Klein, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said, "The college worked
closely with the contractors and the Physical Plant to expedite the remodeling project
so that only summer courses would need to be relocated in order to decrease any confusion
for students. We are pleased that the Board of Trustees approved this project to provide
a better learning environment for our students and working environment for our faculty
and staff. The new system will also allow us to cool our spaces more efficiently and
to utilize Williams Auditorium year-round."
In other business, the trustees approved:
- An agreement between Ferris and Christman Capital Investment Group allowing Christman
to proceed with pre-development activities for the anticipated renovation of the Grand
Rapids Federal Building for use by Kendall College of Art and Design;
- Naming the three East Campus Suites buildings currently being constructed: Pine Valley
(Building 1 along Ives Avenue); Oak View (Building 2 at the corner of Ives Avenue
and Damascus Road); and Maple Grove (Building 3 closest to St. Paul Catholic Campus
Parish on Damascus Road). A seven-member committee comprised of students, faculty
and staff, reviewed submissions entered in a contest by current students and alumni.
The two students submitting the winning entries have first choice of which East Campus
Suites they wish to occupy next fall and get their first month's rent free;
- Extending the Barnes and Noble bookstore contract, which ends April 15 after a second
five-year term, for another 15 months through July 15, 2011 for operations on the
main campus in Big Rapids and Kendall College of Art and Design. This will allow more
time to assess planning goals for the potential remodeling of the Rankin Student Center
and to create a contract end date that is more conducive to a potential change in
firms should that occur;
- Pursuing a security services contract for Kendall adding emergency management and
first-aid training to the qualifications security officers must have;
- Completing summer renovations at Kendall's facilities at Division and Ionia streets
to include painting, installing new carpet, refurbishing stairs, adding library shelving
and replacing a cooling tower and air handler and controls;
- Entering into a revised contract expanding the duties of the Michigan State University
clinical pharmacist at Sparrow Family Practice Clinic in Lansing, a training site
for Ferris Doctor of Pharmacy students in collaboration with MSU's Family Practice
Medical Residents. FSU and MSU pharmacy faculty have shared clinical responsibilities
in the past, but now the MSU pharmacist will assume all clinic duties after the recent
resignation of the FSU faculty member; and
- Pursuing bids for a University-wide, state-of-the-art Web Content Management System
that will replace a decade-old system that cannot meet internal and external demands
and expectations and will allow for a more integrated approach to managing the Web
site and marketing the University.
09 April, 2010