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University of Michigan rethinks changes to sports building

The University of Michigan Board of Regents will vote this week on whether or not to increase funding for renovations to the school's nearly 90-year-old Intramural Sports Building.

The board approved $18.7 million for the project in a vote last September. The upcoming vote will be on a new plan that would increase the total renovation cost by $2.7 million, bringing the total to $21.4 million, according to Michigan Live.

The original renovation plan called for larger areas for cardio and weight training; new group exercise rooms; improved racquetball courts, locker rooms, and staff offices; and updated spaces for social interaction. The plan also called for infrastructure upgrades including accessibility improvements; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and wired and wireless networking upgrades; exterior window replacement; stone and masonry repairs; lighting improvements; and gymnasium floor replacement, according to Michigan Live.

Based on user feedback, the new plan would add upgrades to the air conditioning system, building perimeter drains, and larger group exercise rooms.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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