From exploring the uncharted frontier of robotics to giving liberal arts students a way to connect their studies to their goals, the University of Michigan’s current slate of construction and renovation projects will provide faculty, staff and students new spaces to become the leaders and best.
Take a look at some of the major projects taking off across campus below. The following updates are as of Aug. 6.
Biological Sciences Building
Approved budget: $261 million
Funding sources: LSA and Office of the Provost resources
Start date: September 2015
Substantially completed: March 2018
Project description: The new 312,000-square-foot teaching, research and museum facility for the biological sciences will house the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the museums of Natural History and Paleontology. The building is currently 95 percent occupied, with faculty and students moving into new lab, office and classroom space. The Museum of Natural History will open in two phases: the first in spring 2019 and the second in fall 2019.
William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center
Approved budget: $10 million
Funding sources: University investment proceeds and gifts
Start date: August 2017
Anticipated completion date: February 2019
Project description: The new 20,000-square-foot multicultural center was developed from the input of various community stakeholders, and will serve as a way to centralize an important resource for the campus community. In addition to the space for student organizations and student and staff offices, the new building will include a multipurpose room that can be used for conferences and events as well as active learning configurations.
Thus far: Underground utility work has been completed, the structure’s steel has been erected and crews will be working to complete the enclosure of the building this fall.
LSA First Floor Building renovation and addition
(LSA Opportunity Hub)
Approved budget: $35 million
Funding sources: LSA resources
Start date: November 2017
Anticipated completion date: December 2019
Project description: About 24,000 gross square feet of the first floor of LSA will be renovated, and a 21,000-gross-square-foot addition will be constructed to house the LSA Internship Program and the LSA Opportunity Hub, where students can connect their liberal arts studies to their life and career goals.
Thus far: Much of the utility work has been completed and the interior renovation is underway with framing and roughing in, in order to start finishings. Enclosing the addition is anticipated to be completed in early fall.
Michigan Union renovation
Approved budget: $85.2 million
Funding sources: Student Life student fee for facility renewal and investment proceeds
Start date: May 2018
Anticipated completion date: Winter 2020
Project description: The renovations will include maintenance and accessibility upgrades and the creation of a social space on the main level, a new IdeaHub that will be a co-working space for student organizations, appropriate spaces for counseling and student support services, and enhanced meeting space.
Thus far: Crews are in the demolition and abatement phase, and utility work is underway underground. Window restoration is underway.
North Campus Recreation Building renovation
Approved budget: $17.4 million
Funding sources: Student Life student fee for facility renewal
Start date: June 2017
Completion date: August 2018
Project description: To enliven the student and member exercise experience and build community, the university renovated racquetball and squash courts, the sauna, staff offices and meeting rooms. The project also left the building with expanded weight training and cardio spaces, an improved group exercise room and accessible and gender-inclusive locker rooms.
North Campus Research Complex
Buildings 20 and 25 lab renovations
Approved budget: $78.5 million
Funding sources: Medical School resources
Start date: June 2018
Anticipated completion date: December 2019
Project description: 158,000 gross square feet of space within both buildings will be renovated to accommodate the Medical School’s wet laboratory research growth over the next decade. A 6,900-gross-square-foot infill addition will be constructed to improve the connectivity throughout the complex. The project also addresses several maintenance upgrades, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning and life safety and ADA upgrades.
Thus far: Crews are in the early stages of demolition and construction activities.
Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
Approved budget: $75 million
Funding sources: College of Engineering resources and gifts, including $15 million from Ford Motor Co.
Start date: March 2018
Anticipated completion date: January 2020
Project description: The new 139,000 gross-square-foot, four-story research and teaching facility for the College of Engineering’s robotics program will include state-of-the-art active learning classrooms, offices, collaboration areas, dry research lab space for a variety of robotics technology, a fly zone for unmanned aerial vehicles, an outdoor obstacle course, and garage space for autonomous vehicles. It will include space for U-M’s corporate partner, Ford Motor Co.
Thus far: Crews have finished site demolition and grading, with foundation work nearing completion. Underground infrastructure and utility work is ongoing.
Glenn E. Schembechler Hall Football Performance Center
Approved budget: $14.8 million
Funding sources: Athletic Department resources and gifts
Start date: April 2018
Anticipated completion date: January 2019
Project description: This project will create a state-of-the-art space to support athletic medicine, rehabilitation, wellness and nutrition for the U-M football program. It includes a renovation of 24,000 gross square feet and construction of several small additions totaling 8,000 gross square feet, which will be used for training, recovery, nutrition, team meeting rooms, administrative space and staff locker areas.
Thus far: Demolition and steel erection are complete, roofing is nearing completion and interior underground utility work is ongoing.