CMU completes $14.4 million Anspach Hall renovations

Renovation project completes efforts to be more energy efficient, better accommodate students
Anspach Hall renovations

Central Michigan University has completed the final phase of the two-year Anspach Hall renovation project that began in the summer of 2012. The $14.4 million renovation modernizes the building, which has not been updated since its $2.4 million construction in 1966, by updating the ventilation infrastructure, constructing new sidewalks that are more handicapped-accessible and adding a new space for a student lounge, offices and conference rooms.

“It’s well worth the cost,” says Timothy Hall, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. “The building is much more usable for students and faculty, and it’s much more energy efficient. In terms of sustainability, there will be some recovery in terms of the cost of the project over the life of the building.”

The newly renovated building is projected to save the university more than $50,000 a year in energy costs. Hall says the decision to completely renovate the building began with a discussion to update Anspach Hall’s heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

As part of the second phase of renovations, CMU completed updates on the new high-tech ventilation system to better control indoor temperatures in the most cost-efficient way; modernized the electrical systems with new lighting and occupancy sensors; added a new roof over the office area and a canopy over the west entrance; constructed new sidewalks that are more handicapped-accessible; and added a new space to the building that allows for a student lounge, extra offices and two new conference rooms.

Sara VanderVeen, project manager with the plant engineering and planning department in facilities management, says the renovations will prove to be a great benefit to the university and the more than 25,000 students who walk through Anspach Hall each week.

“Design matters,” VanderVeen said. “It’s the most heavily used building on campus, one of the major faces of the university. For students to have a place like the student lounge to work together and mingle in between classes is an exciting opportunity. It makes for a much more pleasant experience.”

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