MARQUETTE - Updates on major construction projects at Northern Michigan University will be offered to NMU's Board of Trustees during its meetings Thursday and Friday.
Included will be a discussion on construction of the university's new co-generation combined heat and power plant, which is progressing on schedule with with 65 percent of the steam piping completed and the installation of insulation inside the furnace expected to be finished by the end of the week.
The $16.4 million plant is scheduled to have a test run in the first quarter of next year and is expected to be fully operational by the second quarter.
Construction on Northern Michigan University’s new co-generation combined heat and power plant, shown this morning to the left of NMU’s existing power plant on Wright Street in Marquette, is nearing completion. A test run of the new plant is scheduled for early next year. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
The new plant will use wood chips and other wood byproducts from the Upper Peninsula for fuel.
According to the university, the new plant will be capable of meeting 87 percent of thermal and 16 percent of electrical needs on campus and will work in conjunction with the existing Ripley Heating Plant, which runs on natural gas.
Another construction project scheduled to be discussed is the new John X. Jamrich Hall, with work slated to begin in the spring. The $34.3 million building will replace the current Jamrich Hall and Walter F. Gries Hall. Both will be razed upon completion of the new building, which will be attach to the southeast corner of the Learning Resources Center.
Presentations are also scheduled to be given during Thursday's committee meetings on several new programs offered by NMU, including a wildland firefighting minor and certificate program and a new Center for Innovative and Industrial Technologies.
The board will also bid farewell to two of its members, Chairman Brian Cloyd and Vice Chairman Jack LaSalle, whose terms expire at the end of the year.
Both served on Northern's board for eight years.
Members will also be appointed to each of the board's standing committees.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.