- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Eastern Michigan University will receive $30 million from the state to renovate Strong Hall on the school’s Ypsilanti campus.

The school says the project represents a “significant step forward” in its commitment to educate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

The funding was approved by the state Legislature and has to be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Eastern Michigan will contribute about $10 million to the project’s estimated $39.5 million cost.

Strong Hall was built in 1957 and is part of Eastern’s science complex. Work could start as early as January. Classrooms, labs, lecture halls and student common areas will be updated.

Incoming President James Smith says the renovation aligns with the state’s goal of preparing more students for “STEM careers that contribute to the state’s economy.”

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