The Alumni Center will undergo a renovation project on the basement, first and second floors to improve public entry and circulation.

The Board of Regents approved a schematic design for the work Thursday.

The renovation also will increase staff workspace to accommodate staff relocated from off-site leased space. A small, 350-gross-square-foot addition on the west side of the building will create a new entrance.

Alumni Association gifts and resources will fund the $8.9 million project, which was designed by Integrated Design Solutions.

The project will include architectural, electrical and mechanical work and will provide an average of 12 on-site construction jobs. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2020.

Constructed in 1982, the approximately 34,000-gross-square foot center was designed by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen and is considered an iconic building on the Ann Arbor campus.

The Board of Regents also authorized issuing bids and awarding construction contracts for the project.

Artist drawing of Alumni Center's new southeast vestibule
A drawing of the new southeast vestibule of the Alumni Center. (Drawing courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)