University of Michigan seeks to renovate, expand decommissioned Ford Nuclear Reactor building

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nearly a decade after beginning to decommission the Ford Nuclear Reactor, the University of Michigan is almost done lowering the facility's radioactivity levels and is planning an $11.4 million renovation and expansion to the building that housed it.

The four-story, 17,400-square-foot building and planned 5,200-square-foot addition will be used to expand the engineering school's nuclear engineering and radiological sciences department. The facility is located on Bonisteel Boulevard in Ann Arbor.

The building will get research labs, testing areas, offices and academic support spaces. Its name will change to Nuclear Engineering Laboratories.

The reactor is in its last stage of decommissioning, according to a memo from U-M Chief Financial Officer Tim Slottow to the Board of Regents. Regents will vote on whether to approve the project during a 3 p.m. Thursday meeting at the Michigan Union.

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