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Wayne State Chemistry Building to be renovated and expanded

DeMaria Building Company has been selected to undertake the expansion and renovation of the Wayne State University Chemistry Building. Work will begin this summer and wrap up by the end of 2010.

The scope of work includes a new building entrance, multi-purpose gathering space, 150-seat fully-wired lecture hall and office suite for the Chemistry Department Chair as well as a complete rebuild of 96,000 square feet of lab space. The university will seek LEED Silver certification for the project for its attention to green building principles.

While the university declined to provide a total project budget, it is being funded in part by a $7.77 million grant from the A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. A. Paul Schaap is a former WSU chemistry professor and founder of Southfield-based Lumigen Inc.; his wife Carol also worked for the deparment.

The architect of record is Harley Ellis Devereaux. DeMaria estimates that 75 workers will be employed on the project.

Source: Amy Patterson, DeMaria
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

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