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South Foundation Hall project to get under way on February 1

University to close the building and establish a construction perimeter to support $40 million renovation and expansion project

South Foundation Hall, renovation, expansion, Capital Outlay, $40 million

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South Foundation Hall renovation and expansion project renderingIn response to the state’s recent reallocation of $30 million in Michigan Capital Outlay funds toward the planned renovation and expansion of South Foundation Hall, the university will close the building and establish an associated construction perimeter on Monday, February 1.

The closure is not expected to have a significant impact on campus operations given that no classes or activities are scheduled in the building during the Winter 2021 semester.

Project funding, along with a $10 million contribution from Oakland University, was originally approved by the Michigan Legislature and then Governor Rick Snyder in late 2018. The allocation was subsequently vetoed by Governor Gretchen with support from legislators, however, to address emergency needs prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

University officials were pleased to learn that funding was reallocated by the state late last year.

The $40 million total project cost will support the renovation of 55,000 square feet of existing space and the addition of 25,000 square feet of new space for instruction in STEM, health professions, education, humanities and the arts.

To learn more about the project read the OU News web article.

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