Work is underway on a new pavilion at Northern Michigan University. The project is possible after NMU alumnus Waino Wahtera '40 left an estate gift of $650,000 to the institution. A portion of that money is going toward construction of the pavilion.
The structure is being built on the former site of Carey Hall. It will be 40 by 60 feet and provide a gathering place for about 250 people.
Martha Haynes, NMU's Vice President for Advancement, said the pavilion is unlike anything else on campus. It will overlook Summit Street, which is where Wahtera was born.
"It was a perfect location," said Haynes. "His family felt that it would really be a lovely way to commemorate him and his gift, and the plan is to use it in the summer for orientation, also in the fall, maybe post-football games."
Construction is expected to wrap up next month. The general contractor for the project is Closner Construction from Marquette.