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College plans $30M construction project

July 5, 2016
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FSU Swan Annex expansion partial rendering
A partial rendering of the renovated and expanded Swan Technical Arts Building at Ferris State University's Big Rapids campus. Courtesy FSU

A college in the region has received gubernatorial support for a $30-million project to renovate and expand an academic building on campus.

Ferris State University said last week that Governor Rick Snyder signed his approval for the state to provide $22.5 million toward FSU’s future Center for Welding Excellence and Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the school's Swan Technical Arts Building in Big Rapids. FSU will contribute the remaining $7.5 million.

Construction is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2018.

The school’s welding and manufacturing programs are at capacity, and the new space will allow Ferris to meet student demand.
 
The project will allow for the expansion of academic and laboratory space for the College of Engineering Technology.

The project includes the renovation of the 47,086-square-foot building and the addition of 34,462 square feet for a new space to serve the Welding Engineering Technology program, which will double in size, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology program.

FSU President David Eisler thanked state Senator Darwin Booher for his support in attaining approval and funding for the project.

“This addition to the Swan building will be instrumental in expanding the welding and advanced manufacturing programs,” Booher said. “I look forward to work beginning soon on this project, so that more people can be trained in these critical shortage areas by a proven leader.”

Prior to Snyder’s endorsement, the state Legislature approved construction authorization for the project.

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