Campus Improvements Greet Northwood Students

Students were greeted on the first day back to school Aug. 22 by several new developments at Northwood, including a slew of construction improvements.

“The impressive list of completed campus improvements is something that our students, faculty, staff and the entire Midland community can celebrate,” stated Northwood President Kent MacDonald. “Many of these projects benefit amenities that are accessible to the public, including our new Four Seasons Building and our gorgeous Founders Garden.”

Campus improvements wrapped up this spring and summer include:

• The Bennett Sports Center, Hach Student Life Center, and Northwood’s Turf Building are now fully recovered from flooding from the 2020 mid-Michigan dam failures.

• In Jordan Hall, the lower-level classrooms have recovered from the flooding, and classes will be held there this coming fall semester. A new boiler heating system has been installed to serve Jordan Hall and the Strosacker Library and Learning Commons. This system will reduce heating costs and increase reliability. In Upper Jordan, the hallway lighting and flooring have been replaced. The main bathrooms have been upgraded to match the new bathroom scheme across campus. Lastly, the Mid Café has received a facelift with new flooring and countertop space.

• In the Strosacker Library and Learning Commons, lower-level construction is ongoing with new air handling units and a new layout in the works. The new area will include the Testing Center, student success coaches, the Center for Excellence, a new Adult Degree Program (ADP) faculty work area, and four classrooms. It’s anticipated this work will be completed in January 2023.

• Construction in the Griswold Communications Center is 90% complete. Supply chain issues have been an issue for this project, which is anticipated to wrap up next month.

• The Mall Walk project is complete, including a beautiful Four Seasons Building that is available for student and community use.

• In the Founders Garden, there is a new seating wall and area for the Milton and Rose Friedman sculpture. There will be the main sculpture and two open benches in the area facing the Four Seasons Building on the Mall Walk. Visitors can sit with the Friedmans while looking over the Four Seasons Building.

Northwood currently is seeking bids for the renovation of the lower level of Miner Hall. This will be a new Student Services area that will serve the needs of all Northwood students and student organizations by giving them much-needed meeting and hang-out spaces. There also will be a locker room for Security staff and break room for Physical Plant personnel.