Photo of people digging first shoveful at groundbreaking for Kraus building
Turning a ceremonial first shovelful of earth are, from left: Evie Chodock, kinesiology student government president; Jerry May, vice president for development; Provost Martin Philbert; donor Jeannine Galetti; Lori Ploutz-Snyder, dean of the School of Kinesiology; and Nick Shaw, alumnus and donor. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Members of the campus community broke ground Friday on an addition to the 101-year-old Edward Henry Kraus Building, which will enable the School of Kinesiology to consolidate its programs and operations in one location beginning in the fall of 2020.

The $120 million project calls for a deep renovation of the existing 183,000-square-foot building, plus a 62,000-square-foot infill addition within an exterior courtyard.

Completed in 1915, the Kraus Building had housed the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Both of those departments have relocated to the new Biological Science Building, which opened this fall.