Stay-At-Home Order Halts Construction on MSB Expansion Project


Santiago Ochoa

Construction on the MSB extension at UM-Flint has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sara Alouh, Writer

The progress on the extension to the Murchie Science Building has been paused due to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. 

Per the Governor’s stay-at-home order, most construction projects will be halted until the order is lifted. Construction will continue only on state projects that are deemed “essential” in a way that protects the health and safety of the workers. 

The administration is uncertain of how this pause may affect the project’s estimated completion date. The original completion date was estimated to be Fall 2020, but it is unclear whether or not that deadline will be met. 

“We are waiting to see when we can restart the project and what the anticipated completion date is,” said Mike Hague, vice chancellor for business and finance at UM-Flint. 

Construction on the new wing of MSB started in April 2019. The $39 million expansion project is set to add 66,000 square feet to the building, including new classrooms, creative spaces and labs.