You will notice construction trucks and orange fencing in several areas of campus. That’s because EMU’s physical campus is undergoing a bold transformation as the University creates new spaces that help our students, faculty and staff thrive. The University is strategically investing in improvements ranging from the renovation of academic buildings to upgrades in student housing, information technology and safety and security. The most visible changes, however, are represented by five facility projects that will serve our students well. They are:
STRONG HALL: Strong Hall, which houses the departments of Geography and Geology and Physics and Astronomy, reopened in January 2019 following a complete overhaul. The project involved the renovation of the entire 80,713 square foot structure, including the necessary updating of architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems. A cool sustainability feature of the building is a bio-swale system for slowing and filtering rainwater.
SILL HALL: The College of Technology was recently renamed the College of Engineering and Technology, and the college will be getting much-needed renovated space, as well. The Sill Hall project provides new engineering programs such as mechanical engineering and computer and electrical engineering with lab space for research, computer simulation, virtual and augmented reality and other specialty purposes, along with lecture halls, collaborative learning spaces and administrative offices.
IHA HEALTH CENTER @ EMU: EMU, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and IHA are collaborating on this comprehensive, primary care facility located on the northwest end of campus with 7-day-a-week urgent care services, including x-ray. The facility, which sits at the corner of Oakwood and Huron River Drive, is scheduled to open November 2019.
STUDENT-ATHLETE PERFORMANCE CENTER: Located near the northwest corner of Rynearson Stadium, this facility opened in July 2019. The building provides a modern sports medicine environment for EMU’s student athletes, including a hydro-therapy room. The building also features team meeting rooms and coaches' offices, and a massive video board that will enhance the game-day experience for EMU fans.
REC/IM: The Rec/IM facility, built in 1981, has not received any major improvements since its original construction. This long-anticipated project will reconfigure existing spaces to accommodate new and expanded locker rooms, modify the entry to the Club Pool and open spaces to accommodate cardio and weight training equipment. The project will be completed in phases, with a goal of full completion by fall 2020.