Construction on Michigan Tech’s New Residential Apartment Building is officially underway. The Michigan Technological Board of Control gave the approval on May 1, 2009 for the new residential apartment not to exceed 16.5 million. Construction began on the new building on July 20, 2009 and currently the construction crew with Gundlach Champion, Inc. is working Monday-Saturday to complete the building. The building is currently scheduled to open for Alumni Weekend, August 5th-7th, 2010. You can check out the progress of the construction LIVE from the Construction Cam.
The new residential apartment building is located behind McNair Hall and just below Michigan Tech’s lower Daniell Heights Apartments. As a sort of transitional living between the Residence Halls and Daniell Heights Apartments, priority will be given to students based on credits, with Graduate Students given top priority for contracting to live in the new building. Students may contract to live in the building for Fall 2010 when Spring Recontracting opens in March 2010. The New Residential Apartment Building will house 192 students. Most units will include 4 beds, each in a separate room and a common area complete with a cooking and sitting area. Check out the Floor Plans for more information about what the new building’s units will look like.
The new residential apartment building will include a sauna, a workout facility, laundry facilities, and several lounges. There is currently an appointed committee of students working with Michigan Tech Housing Professional Staff to determine what exactly the lounges and building units will include, right down to the furniture. The committee will also be deciding things like what sort of options students living in the building will have for a meal plan if they choose not to cook every meal in their unit as well as if payments for the units will be made by the month or by the semester.
The new residential apartment building under current plans qualifies for LEED Silver Certification. LEED is a third-party certification program and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED promotes sustainability and bases certifications off of 5 key areas of human and environmental health. The 5 key areas include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Michigan Tech is excelling in each of these 5 areas, especially building in a sustainable site, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email me. For those of you traveling to Michigan Tech for Family Weekend have a safe trip and perhaps I will see you around on campus. Also, don’t forget to wish your students good luck at the Career Fair taking place this Tuesday, September 29! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about the upcoming Homecoming Festivities.