Environmental science facility among work suggested for upcoming SVSU capital projects

KOCHVILLE TWP, MI—Officials with Saginaw Valley State University have been discussing the concept of a new facility for the school’s environmental science program.

While more tangible details are still being worked on, members of the SVSU board of control agreed to add the $10 million project to its capital outlay plan for fiscal years 2024- 2028, a plan which is submitted to the state of Michigan every five years.

As shared during the Oct. 24 board of control meeting, the facility is expected to house instruction of courses listed in the environmental science program including botany, ecology, freshwater science, microbiology, invertebrate zoology and organic chemistry.

Currently, those courses are spread across the Science East and Science West buildings, as well as a greenhouse attached to Science West.

Due to still being in early discussion phases, a render of the facility was not available. but when referenced by board members gestures were made toward the area of the current on-campus wetland preserve. SVSU officials could not confirm where exactly the building is expected to be built.

The addition of the environmental science building was made to the capital outlay plan after recent state funding was granted to the university following recent emergency repair.

According to agenda documents shared by the board, the environmental science building project is expected to begin sometime in 2023 with an expected completion date in 2025.

Other projects and expenditures included on the capital outlay plan under the “academic and other facilities” category include a $14 million renovation to the university’s Science West building expected to span 2026 to 2028 and an $8.94 million alumni relations project running from 2026 through 2028.

Three projects were listed on the plan as “Major expansion, maintenance, and renovation,” over the 2024-2028 timespan and include $5 million towards energy conservation initiatives, $8 million towards technology and $35 million towards upcoming or deferred campus infrastructure maintenance.

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