The Michigan Union, one of the University of Michigan’s most recognizable landmarks at the heart of Central Campus, will temporarily close from April 30 to winter 2020 for a major renovation.

During the renovation, units and departments housed in the Union will be temporarily relocated to other spaces on campus. Food service will not be available in the Union during the renovation.

The Office of Student Life has launched Re:Union, a website developed to keep the U-M community informed on the progress of the renovation as well as share information.

The website includes a “Find it” resource, list of frequently asked questions, information about nearby food options, ongoing news and updates about the project, Michigan Union history and student involvement stories.

The $85.2 million renovation is intended to meet the needs of students of the future, honor the architectural integrity of the Union and address significant infrastructure deficiencies, said Susan Pile, senior director of University Unions and Auxiliary Services.

The Michigan Union Courtyard will be enclosed to create a sunlit gathering and event space, and space close to the IdeaHub on the second level. (Image courtesy of Student Life)

Specifically, the project will:

• Enhance program and social space on the main level by enclosing the courtyard.

• Expand and improve informal gathering spaces on the first floor through restoration of the original 1919 floor plan.

• Create state-of-the-art student organization and student involvement space.

renovation celebration
  • “Until We Meet Again”
  • 2-5 p.m. April 12
  • Open to the public
  • Interactive displays including a virtual reality experience, giveaways, performances and refreshments
  • Formal remarks at 3:30 p.m. in the Rogel Ballroom

The project also will provide a deep infrastructure renewal including life safety, electrical, mechanical and plumbing system improvements, elevator upgrades, replacement of the roof, restoration and replacement of windows, interior finish upgrades on floors one through four, and restroom upgrades.

The Union’s North Entrance also will be redesigned to become a more welcoming, open and light-infused entrance with an enclosed ADA-accessible ramp.

“Dating back to its beginning in the early 1900s, the Union was founded first by students as a club, with the current building opening in 1919. It has always been a central location for student involvement, leadership and social connection. The renovation will honor that history and serve for another 100 years as the place where Michigan memories are made,” Pile said.