HOUGHTON - The new residential apartment building, a state-of-the-art complex towering over campus at Michigan Technological University, has a new name - Hillside Place.
Thursday, Michigan Tech's Board of Control voted to name the 192-bed student residential apartment building.
"Hillside Place provides a distinctive name while keeping open the possibility of renaming it in the future if a donor were to come forward," said Les Cook, vice president for student affairs.
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The new residential apartment at Michigan Technological University has been named Hillside Place.
Hillside Place features air conditioning, in-floor heating, two bathrooms, a living area and kitchen with granite countertops. The building also has a lounge area with couches, a kitchen and study space, a sauna, laundry facilities on each floor and a game room.
Also at the meeting, the Board of Control approved an honorary degree for Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, who will be the December commencement speaker.
"He's been an enormous friend to this school," board member Kathryn Clark said. "I'm honored he's going to be speaking."
The Board of Control approved three future capital outlay construction projects which will be submitted to the state. The projects include $29.5 million for a Next Generation energy complex, $35 million for a human health research center and $21 million for a manufacturing research center.
"The energy complex addresses the current, most pressing needs," board member Lenora Ashford said.
These needs include renovation, repurposing and additional space to Fisher Hall, among others. This also includes expanded space for education, research and energy policies, economic and social impact, and environment.
"And finally, construction of a biomass, co-generation facility that will transform our heating plant into an energy park and research center for energy efficiency (is planned)," Ashford said.
The proposed human health research center will strategically support Michigan Tech's investment in human health research and will focus on increased interdisciplinary health related research.
"The Academic Affairs Committee believes that the present revisions to last year's capital outlay request represent the ongoing commitment to expand Michigan Tech's resources," she said.
In other news, the board:
approved a conservation easement on 80 acres of forested wetland owned by Michigan Tech in Keweenaw County.
accepted proposed revisions to the Graduate Student Government constitution.
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