Jamrich Hall Dedicated
A ceremony was held last night to formally dedicate Northern’s new state-of-the-art academic building, recognize those who played roles in completing the project and honor the building’s namesake, John X. Jamrich.
“June and I have always felt that NMU and Marquette are really our home,” Jamrich told those gathered. “This visible marker on campus reinforces that feeling. I just stand in awe of the opportunities technology has bestowed upon us. Back when I was president, overhead projectors and VCRs were considered cutting-edge. Our sincere, heartfelt appreciation goes out to those who played a role in creating this showcase campus facility.”
The opening program in the auditorium featured remarks from the guest of honor and others, time-lapse video of the facility’s construction and the former Jamrich Hall’s demolition, and the playing of the Alma Mater on the electronic Haynes carillon. Attendees proceeded to the lobby afterward to watch the unveiling of a plaque and bronze bust of Jamrich and a ribbon-cutting while enjoying assorted cake truffles and crème brulé parfaits.
Planning for Jamrich Hall began in 2009 after it was determined that constructing a new facility would be more cost-effective than renovating the 40-year-old academic building. The goal was to provide an efficient teaching and learning environment that improves academic delivery, maximizes building use and reduces energy, maintenance and operational costs.
Jamrich Hall includes ties to local heritage and the environment. The exterior wall panels are intended to mimic regionally mined minerals, while tall, vertical steel columns and window mullions take a cue from U.P. forests. The long, central corridors dotted by informal learning spaces provide a “Main Street” feel.
A display on the first floor highlights members of the 1899 Society, generous donors who have committed $10,000 or more to NMU in their estate planning. There are currently 65 members with designated gifts totaling about $9.5 million.
Here are some more photos from last night’s event: