Jamrich Demolition Begins; Furnishings Repurposed
The demolition of the original John X. Jamrich Hall at Northern Michigan University will get underway Monday, June 16, starting with the connector to West Science. Demolition of the building itself is scheduled to begin a week later. Most of the furnishings have been repurposed elsewhere on campus or by area schools and community organizations.
Five other NMU buildings inherited classroom furniture from Jamrich Hall that was in better condition than what was previously there. They included Thomas Fine Arts, Gries Hall, McClintock, the Jacobetti Complex and the PEIF. Also, 17 teacher stations were repurposed across campus and 10 placed in storage for future use. After NMU distributed the classroom furniture on campus, a number of area organizations were offered some of the remaining furnishings. Jim Thams of NMU Engineering and Planning provided the following summary of the groups and the items they received :
Marquette Public Schools: tablet desks
Negaunee Public Schools: tablet desks and folding tables
Ishpeming Public Schools: fixed benches
NICE Schools: classroom room chairs
Marquette Children’s Museum: miscellaneous items
Local Carpenters Union: two dozen doors to be used to teach apprentices how to mortise and install lock sets in doors.
Thams said a number of requests for brick from the building have been forwarded directly to the demolition contractor.