One of the items on the agenda for the Michigan Board of Regents meeting on Thursday was voting on proposed renovations to Michigan’s Bennie Oosterbaan Field House. The $21 million project received approval from the regents, as expected.
The project will build a 32,000 square-foot performance center inside the existing 78,000-square foot facility. The new section will be designed to optimize Michigan’s weight training and conditioning for the football program. Construction on the facility is expected to be completed sometime in the winter of 2018 and will provide 56 construction jobs during the duration of the renovation project.
The bets news of all for Michigan students and Ann arbor residents is the project will be funded by the Athletic Department funds, which are plentiful within the program. Michigan routinely brings in one of the top athletic revenues in the country. Having a fat new apparel deal with Nike comes in handy. So will the $6 million payday from playing Florida in Arlington, Texas to begin the 2017 season.
According to a released statement from Michigan’s athletics department, architectural firms of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in association with HNTB will design the project.