On the first day of classes, Northwood celebrates new campus improvements

The list of completed projects is long

MIDLAND, Mich. — Students were greeted on the first day of school Aug. 22 by several new developments in Northwood, including a slew of building upgrades.

“The impressive list of improvements completed on campus is something our students, faculty, staff and the entire Midland community can celebrate,” said Northwood President Kent MacDonald. “Many of these projects benefit from publicly accessible facilities, including our new Four Seasons building and our beautiful Founders Garden.”

Campus improvements completed this spring and summer include:

• Bennett Sports Center, Hach Student Life Center and Northwood’s Turf Building are now fully recovered from flooding caused by dam failures in mid-Michigan in 2020.

• At Jordan Hall, the lower level classrooms have recovered from the flooding and classes will be held there during the upcoming fall semester. A new boiler heating system was installed to serve Jordan Hall and the Strosacker Library and Learning Commons. This system will reduce heating costs and increase reliability. In Upper Jordan, the lighting and flooring in the corridors have been replaced. The main bathrooms have been upgraded to match the new on-campus bathroom scheme. Finally, the Mid Café has had a makeover with new flooring and a new worktop.

• In the Strosacker Library and Learning Commons, construction on the lower level is underway with new air handling units and a new layout in the works. The new area will include the Testing Center, Student Success Coaches, Center of Excellence, a new Adult Diploma Program (ADP) faculty work area, and four classrooms. It is expected that this work will be completed in January 2023.

• Construction of the Griswold Communications Center is 90% complete. Supply chain issues have been an issue for this project, which is expected to wrap up next month.

• The Mall Walk project is complete, including a beautiful Four Seasons building that is available for students and the community.

• In the Founders Garden, there is a new wall and seating area for the Milton and Rose Friedman sculpture. There will be the main sculpture and two open benches in the area facing the Four Seasons building on the Mall Walk. Visitors can sit with the Friedmans while looking over the Four Seasons building.

Northwood is currently seeking offers for the renovation of the lower level of Miner Hall. This will be a new student services area that will meet the needs of all Northwood students and student organizations by providing much-needed meeting and relaxation spaces. There will also be a locker room for security personnel and a break room for physical plant personnel.

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