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New Building To Be Started

Construction To Begin Monday On Service Unit And Chemistry Addition

Work on the University’s general service building and on the new chemistry addition will be started Monday, the board of regents disclosed following a special meeting this morning.

The regents also announced that construction of the new school of business administration and the additions to the electrical and aeronautical sections of the east engineering building will be started in a few weeks.

Contract agreements for the four buildings have been made with Bryant and Detwiler Co., Detroit. Building costs were not announced because the contracts are "cost, plus fixed-fee managerial type,” Vice President Robert P. Briggs explained.

Architects Announced

Harley, Ellington and Day, Detroit, will be architects for the general service building, and Louis C. Kingscott, architect, Kalamazoo will work on the chemistry addition. Architects for the electrical and aeronautical engineering addition and for the school of business administration are Giffels and Vallet, Detroit, and Black and Black, Lansing, respectively.

The new buildings were made possible by an appropriation of $3,300,000 by the legislature in its special session and by an earlier appropriation of $1,500,000 for the general service building. The University will work closely with the state’s post-war victory building committee in all building developments, Briggs said.

In addition to the educational buildings, the University will start work soon on two dormitories, one for men and one for women, each housing 500 students.

Apartment dormitory buildings for married students are now under construction but work has been slow because of lack of steel. It was reported today, however, that steel will be arriving soon, and University officials predict that the buildings will be ready by fall. Married student veterans will be given priority for the 175 units.

The regents made no declaration concerning the construction of a new maternity hospital, but it was announced that plans are now being developed and will be disclosed soon.