Clark Construction and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) have
established a strategic partnership to protect and educate workers on construction hazards during the
building of the 170,000-square-foot Biosciences Building project on the campus of Central Michigan
University (CMU) in Mt. Pleasant. MIOHSA, local contractors and several unions are part of the agreement.“We are proud of having the best safety record of any company in the industry over the past decade,” said Sam Clark, president of Clark Construction. “This partnership with MIOSHA will allow us to provide additional training and safety instruction to the trade partners and their employees working with us on the CMU Biosciences project.”
The partnership will focus on training of trade partners and 300 workers expected on-site during the 2 year
long building project about daily hazards that include the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the
construction industry: Falls, electrical, caught-in and struck-by-hazards. The partnership will accomplish this
through increased training, implementation of best work practices, creation of site-specific written safety and
health programs and compliance with applicable MIOSHA standards and regulations.
As part of the agreement, all contractors and trade partners on the project will be required to have specific written safety
and health programs in place and each employee must attend a job site safety orientation before working on
the site. The safety partnership will last for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in
The new 170,000 s.f. Biosciences Building for CMU will be a four-story building with an additional mechanical
penthouse level. The site is located directly to the East of the College of Education and Human Services. This
parcel currently houses the last four remaining buildings of the Washington Apartments. These four existing
structures will be demolished to accommodate the construction of the new facility. The site is located adjacent
to an existing campus utility tunnel to minimize infrastructure costs.
The Biosciences Building will contain a multi-purpose room with seating for 200, a large active learning
classroom, teaching labs, faculty/research offices, the department chairs office, student study areas, a
vivarium, an isotope lab, a BSL-3 Lab, an Insectary, a Herbarium with special collections, and a university
Imaging Center. These program elements are in addition to the primary research labs that occupy the upper
three levels of the structure.