CMU trustees approve design spending for Saginaw medical school campus

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Central Michigan University trustees have approved an additional $350,000 for planning and design for the Saginaw campus of its new medical school.

The board that governs the Mount Pleasant-based university also has authorized President George E. Ross to move forward with the start of construction. Trustees are to vote in July on initial construction costs.

Overall, the Saginaw project will cost an estimated $46.5 million.

Phase 1 includes a medical education center on the campus of Covenant HealthCare. Later phases include a facility at St. Mary's of Michigan and renovated space at both hospitals.

Central Michigan receives its first class of medical students this summer. Students will spend their first 2 years in Mount Pleasant.

The College of Medicine will have 400 students at capacity.