Campus upgrades highlighted, approved at board of trustees meeting

By Michael Piwowarski, news editor.

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Delta College is moving closer to making on-campus improvements to provide a better experience for pioneers.

During the board of trustees dinner meeting on Sept. 11, Director of Facilities Management Nick Bovid highlighted various improvements that are being made at the facility via the West Campus Master Plan.

One of the additions is a new baseball field, which is under construction and expected to be completed by October 2018 in time for the 2019 spring baseball season. Other future plans include expansion in the northwest and southwest parking areas and improvements to the soccer and softball fields.

Following the dinner meeting, the board of trustees held their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Two items on the agenda were voted on.

First was the selection of an architect to complete construction of the new Midland center. The administration recommended that the board approve the selection of Grand Rapids-based Tower-Pinkster as the architect.

Delta College President Jean Goodnow stated that the new Midland center will be similar to the new Saginaw center in terms of size and classroom space, but anticipates that the design will be architecturally different.

After that motion was approved, next on the agenda was the installation of digital signage at all three campus entrances: Delta Road, Mackinaw Road and Hotchkiss Road. All three entrances combined receive an average of nearly 6 million exposures per year, according to a traffic study done on them.

“Delta is not unique in looking for these sorts of things,” stated Nick Bovid at the meeting, pointing out that other local colleges have already implemented digital signage. Among the advantages cited by Bovid are advertising of the college to boost enrollment, general communication and emergency alert messages.

Board of trustees meetings at Delta College are usually on the second Tuesday of every month. Next month’s meeting, however, will be Oct. 2, as a date change was previously approved at the Aug. 14 meeting. The dinner meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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