Royal Oak Tribune

OU expanding with $45M renovation

- — Natalie Broda, MediaNews Group

Oakland University’s Board of Trustees have approved a schematic design and budget to expand one of the institutio­n’s classroom buildings on campus.

A $45 million renovation is planned for the five-story Varner Hall. The building houses several academic department­s, administra­tion offices, classrooms and the university’s main performanc­e space and recital hall. It was originally built in 1971 and cost about $4.8 million to construct.

Recent estimates found that the building has a deferred maintenanc­e repair cost of $27.5 million. The expansion is meant to help increase the building’s efficiency and better utilize the performanc­e spaces.

The project will be funded through a series of bonds also approved by the board of trustees in June 2019. Stantec, a global architectu­ral and engineerin­g firm, was also approved to work on the project this August. Granger, a Michigan and Ohio constructi­on management company, were also brought on at the same time.

 ?? NATALIE BRODA — MEDIANEWS GROUP ?? A rendering of the planned west addition at Oakland University’s Varner Hall
NATALIE BRODA — MEDIANEWS GROUP A rendering of the planned west addition at Oakland University’s Varner Hall

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