Stories indexed with the term ‘North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)’

NCRC Lab Renovation Moves Ahead

A $4.375 million renovation project for the University of Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory was authorized by regents at their Dec. 13, 2012 meeting. The renovation will take place in UM’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), the former Pfizer facility on Plymouth Road.

Specifically, the lab will be located in 8,900 square feet on the ground floor and first floor of Building 22. Currently the lab is housed in the Space Research Building and the Carl A. Gerstacker Building on UM’s north campus.

Renovation is expected to be finished in the winter of 2014 and will support about 10 construction jobs during the work, according to a staff memo. The project will be funded with resources from UM’s College of … [Full Story]

$17.5M Renovation Planned at UM’s NCRC

A major renovation at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex – costing an estimated $17.5 million – was approved by regents at their Nov. 15, 2012 meeting. The project will cover about 68,000-square-feet in the east wing of Building 20, which was originally constructed in 1956. The site is within the former Pfizer campus, purchased by UM in 2009. Tim Slottow, the university’s chief financial officer, told regents that this work had been anticipated when the university acquired the complex.

As described in a staff memo, the renovation will upgrade the area to be used for interdisciplinary biomedical research. The project will be funded with UM Medical School resources and designed by SmithGroupJJR. It’s estimated that about 40 … [Full Story]

UM Regents Amend Operating Agreement

An operating agreement for the Michigan Advanced Development and Manufacturing Center (MADMC) was amended by the University of Michigan board of regents at its Sept. 20, 2012 meeting. According to a staff memo, the change aims to ”provide potential MADMC leadership candidates with the level of management independence and operational flexibility needed to effectively direct a manufacturing start-up enterprise.” The memo states that MADMC is pursuing “contractual opportunities that would utilize the assets at NCRC.” The NCRC is the North Campus Research Complex, which the university bought from Pfizer in 2009.

MADMC has been a low-profile venture, and hasn’t been explicitly discussed by the regents. Formed in March of 2012, it was created by UM to seek a U.S. Dept. of Defense … [Full Story]

10 UM Conflict-of-Interest Items OK’d

Ten items disclosed under the state’s Conflict of Interest statute were authorized by the University of Michigan board of regents at their Sept. 20, 2012 meeting. The law requires that regents vote on potential conflict-of-interest disclosures related to university staff, faculty or students.

The items often involve technology licensing agreements or leases. This month, all items were approved unanimously and related to the following businesses: Newline Builders, Horsley Archaeological Prospection, ArborMetrix, DDM System Inc., Edington Associates, OncoFusion, PsiKick Inc., Vortex Hydro Energy and Wolverine Energy Solutions and Technology Inc.

In addition, regents approved lease agreements with 15 firms that are part of UM’s Venture Accelerator program, located at the North Campus Research Complex, 1600 Huron Parkway – the former Pfizer facility. [.pdf of ... [Full Story]

UM Grad Researchers Get Right to Unionize

University of Michigan board of regents meeting (May 19, 2011): This month’s regents meeting, held at the Dearborn campus, began with rare public discord between a majority of board members and UM president Mary Sue Coleman – and an even rarer public debate between regents.

Mary Sue Coleman

University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman before the start of the May 19, 2011 regents meeting, which was held at the Fairlane Center on UM's Dearborn campus. (Photos by the writer.)

The issue was a resolution introduced at the start of Thursday’s meeting – an item not originally on the agenda – to support the rights of graduate student research assistants to decide whether to organize and be represented by a labor union. Before the vote, Coleman spoke out against the move, describing the relationship between graduate researchers and faculty as a special one that was fundamentally different than an employee-employer relationship. Changing the nature of that interaction could affect the university in significant ways, which she said caused her deep concern. The board’s two Republican regents – Andrew Richner and Andrea Fischer Newman – also objected to the resolution, both criticizing the fact that it had been introduced at the last minute without time for adequate discussion.

The resolution passed on a 6-2 vote, with Richner and Newman dissenting. It was notable in part because, with the exception of votes regarding tuition increases, nearly all votes by the board are unanimous, and in accord with the administration’s recommendations.

The meeting also included a variety of other action items, but none that spurred commentary by regents. They voted to increase room and board rates for 2011-12 by 3%, approved the schematic design for a $52 million expansion of Crisler Arena, and authorized the tenure or promotion of 169 faculty members on the Ann Arbor campus.

Regents also authorized creation of the Institute for Health Care Policy & Innovation, a new venture to be housed at renovated space in the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) – a $13.7 million renovation project that regents also authorized at the meeting. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs, said the institute will be the largest co-located group of health care researchers anywhere in the world.

In other action related to the NCRC, regents approved agreements – among a collection of 17 conflict-of-interest disclosures – with six start-ups that will lease space in the former Pfizer site, as part of the university’s Venture Accelerator program.

And in another item added to the agenda during the meeting, regents voted to approve the hiring of Lisa Rudgers as UM’s new vice president for global communications and strategic initiatives, effective June 1 with a salary of $270,000.

The board also got an update from Sue Scarnecchia, UM’s vice president and general counsel, on the Compliance Resource Center – a new website that coordinates various compliance efforts at the university.

At the end of the meeting, philosophy professor Carl Cohen spoke during public commentary, passionately urging regents to intercede in the renovation of East Quad in order to prevent the Residential College from being pushed into smaller, inadequate space. The RC is a living-learning program that Cohen helped start in the 1960s, and that’s housed at East Quad. If regents did nothing, he said, “your Residential College will atrophy and fade away.” [Full Story]

UM Regents OK $13M NCRC Renovations

At its May 19, 2011 meeting, the University of Michigan board of regents approved a $13.7 million renovation project at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) – the former Pfizer site. The project entails renovating 120,000 square feet in Building 16, where UM’s Medical School plans to locate several units that are now in different buildings. Five floors, three conference rooms and a fitness center will be renovated as part of the project.

SmithGroup will serve as architect for the project, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012.

This brief was filed from the regents meeting at the Fairlane Center on UM’s Dearborn campus. A more detailed report will follow: [link]