Contract Let For Cooley Laboratory
First North Campus Construction Project Will Cost $975,000
Jeffress-Dyer Construction Co. of Washington, D. C., has been awarded the contract to build the Cooley Memorial Laboratory on the University’s new North Campus development.
Vice-President W. K. Pierpont said that Jeffress-Dyer, which also is building the Out-Patient Clinic and Medical Research Building, submitted a low bid of $975,000 for the Cooley project, including landscaping and equipment.
Pierpont said steel allotments have been received and work is “expected to start as soon as the contractor can move equipment onto the site.”
267 Acres Acquired
The University announced on Jan. 17 that it had acquired 267 acres on the north side of the Huron River and to the north of the Veterans Administration Hospital.
The Cooley Memorial Laboratory is planned as the first structure of the North Campus development.
Funds raised from a campaign to erect a memorial to Mortimer E. Cooley, Engineering College dean from 1903 to 1928, and from the University’s Engineering Research Institute are financing the laboratory.
The research unit handles contract research for the government and industrial firms.
The three-story, reinforced concrete building of modern design will be 55 feet wide and 240 feet long.
The ground floor will contain a conference room and auditorium in front. The building will be built on a sloping site so that the auditorium section will be above ground.
The front portions of the upper stories will be devoted to a memorial lobby and small amount of office space.
The remainder will be used for research laboratories with only a limited number of partitions. “Flexibility in providing space for various types of research to be handled by the Engineering Research Institute is a primary aim in the building,” Pierpont said.
It is also contemplated that the University’s powerful synchrotron and cyclotron may be moved to the laboratory to be used in atomic studies.