Former Hospital Demolition Public Information Sessions Rescheduled

The Northern Michigan University (NMU) Foundation, Adamo Group and the City of Marquette, is rescheduling the public information sessions regarding the blight elimination project at the former hospital property adjacent to NMU's campus in Marquette. Two separate sessions will now be held on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University. The first session will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m.

The project is occurring in two phases. Phase 1 includes hazardous material removal, asbestos abatement, interior demolition, and structural demolition of all buildings at the former hospital site located south of College Avenue, excluding the Blood Bank Building. Phase 2 will include the Robert C. Neldberg Building and Blood Bank Building after UP Health System – Marquette relocates its operations from those locations and ends its tenancy with the NMU Foundation in 2024.

Phase 1 of the demolition project is currently underway. Adamo Group has mobilized on site, established perimeter fencing, and engaged in pre-demolition waste removal and asbestos abatement, primarily in buildings on the southwest portion of the former hospital campus. Above grade structural demolition is expected to begin in September. Phase 1 funding is supported by a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City of Marquette by the Michigan Strategic Fund, which was finalized on April 25. Phase 2 is supported by a blight elimination grant to the NMU Foundation from the State Land Bank Authority, which was funded by an appropriation included in the Fiscal Year 2022-23 State Budget and finalized on January 11.

The NMU Foundation, in partnership with the City of Marquette, selected Adamo Group, a family-owned demolition company founded in 1964, based in Detroit, as general contractor on June 12, 2023. It was the lowest of seven bidders. Adamo plans to repurpose and recycle up to 95% of material, which will avoid significant landfill disposal while also mitigating project expenses. The company has also hired locally to execute the project.

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About Northern Michigan University Foundation

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This release was prepared by the NMU Foundation. Media contacts are: Kylie Bunting from the Foundation (, 906-227-2529) and Karen Kovacs from the City of Marquette (, 906-228-0435). 

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