NCRC is committed to improving the quality of life on campus. Childcare, wellness education and fitness programs, a speaker series, NCRC Art, and the MLibrary@NCRC are just a few of the offerings that support employee work-life balance.
In January 2013, NCRC partner Opus One opened a cafeteria in Building 18. Named “Flavors” through an employee contest, the cafeteria has already started to cater large events in the dining hall, in addition to offering in-facility delivery to NCRC meetings. Plans to offer online ordering for delivery, carry-out, and catering are underway.
Flavors is a place to meet for breakfast, lunch, or coffee—its lounge areas offer relaxed space for casual brainstorming. Flavors opens for breakfast at 7:30 am with buttermilk pancakes, fresh eggs, crispy bacon, sausage, hash browns, breakfast wraps, and croissant sandwiches on the menu. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, offering a full salad bar, Panini sandwich bar, and a grill station featuring “The Wolverine”—a 1/3 pound Certified Angus Burger with house made French fries cooked to order. The grill at Flavors also offers a daily “Hot Special”; specials for the week can be found online via a link on the NCRC homepage.
The full service coffee bar now serves Starbucks coffee and coffee drinks as well as fresh breakfast pastries and Opus One cookies, made daily. The coffee bar is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. The coffee bar also offers Michigan-made Ray’s Ice Cream of Royal Oak.
Flavors has proudly joined the University of Michigan’s Composting Program, using eco-friendly compostable plates, to-go containers, cutlery and cold cups, and accepts both credit and debit cards, as well as cash and gift certificates. With over 2,200 people currently working at NCRC, and hundreds more to move in over coming years, the convenience and affordability of Opus One dining facilities are an integral part of what makes NCRC teams go.
NCRC is also fortunate to have one of the University of Michigan’s childcare centers conveniently located on-site, in response to the needs of NCRC parents. The North Campus Children’s Center (NCCC), which opened its doors in July 2011, caters to children ages 3 months to 5 years, year-round, with up to 12 hours per day of care and early childhood education.
This service—available to children of faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members—is the result of the merger of two long-standing U-M programs known for their excellence in providing high-quality early childhood education. The center also offers a school-aged summer camp program.
And for nursing mothers, NCRC has four private lactation rooms to support new moms who want to continue to breastfeed while working. The rooms are equipped with sinks, power outlets, supportive, comfortable chairs, and Wi-Fi.
In addition to convenient on-site dining and childcare, NCRC also hosts MHealthy exercise and relaxation classes. Body sculpting, cardio, yoga, Nordic walking, and dance fitness are among the many class offerings.
Other MHealthy programs offer information on and support for weight management, ergonomics awareness, tobacco cessation, and mental and emotional health. Periodic on-site StayWell® Wellness Screenings help employees keep track of important numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and height. Health professionals review the data and provide individualized recommendations.
As a convenience to employees, NCRC also offers an MCard Office where you can get a new badge, or get special NCRC access. MTokens are also available at the MCard Office.
The last year has seen increased connectivity between the NCRC and the rest of U-M. Between the university buses and the city of Ann Arbor AATA buses, NCRC community members have several quick routes to Central Campus, the Medical School and UMHS, and to downtown Ann Arbor. U-M student Kritika Rajan says, “I feel very well connected to the rest of the university while working at NCRC. It’s so easy for me to jump into a bus and commute between NCRC and the medical campus in 10 minutes.”
There is ample parking which includes all levels of U-M parking, as well as paid visitor parking, and a Park & Ride Lot within one mile of NCRC. Several NCRC community members use alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycles, so bike racks are conveniently located all over NCRC for those who work here.