Schematic design approved for new dance building


Plans for a new dance building within the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance continue to move forward, as the Board of Regents approved the schematic design for the building Thursday.

The $19 million project will expand the Department of Dance with the construction of a new 24,000-square-foot space on North Campus.

The dance building will be built adjacent to the Brehm Pavilion at the Earl V. Moore Building, and will include a 100-seat performance venue, dance studios and locker rooms, as well as administrative space.

Artist's rendering of the dance building
This artist’s rendering of the new dance building on North Campus is a view looking southeast. (Drawing courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)

“The new facility will invigorate and highlight dance at Michigan,” says David Gier, dean of SMTD. “We expect this new space will bring our creative community together and unleash some really exciting cross-disciplinary activity.”

The project will be funded by SMTD gifts and resources, and investment proceeds.

Bloomfield Hills architectural firm TMP Architecture Inc. designed the project.

The project is expected to provide an average of 27 on-site construction jobs. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2021.

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

Drawing shows the planned location of the new dance building
This aerial view looking east shows the planned location of the new dance building south of the Moore Music Building and Brehm Pavilion on North Campus. (Drawing courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)

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