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Capital projects slated for NMU in 2023

MARQUETTE, MI— Northern Michigan University is looking to start work on a couple of capital projects this year.

Before the holiday break, the Board of Trustees approved a $550,000 budget for the design phase of a science complex research and teaching lab addition. The university has contracted with an architect to design an addition to Weston Hall and the Science Building that will house six labs and faculty offices. The goal is to begin construction this fall.

The Board also approved $2.5 million in renovations to Vandament Arena to accommodate basketball home games. The project will create U-shaped stadium seating for 1,700 fans, with some courtside seating and a modernized look. The basketball teams currently compete in the Berry Events Center, where officials put wooden boards over the ice sheet.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.