The renovation of the Union Building at Michigan State University represented a major change to its function. Like the Union Building at the University of Michigan, the MSU Union is a landmark building designed by architects Pond and Pond. Because of the historic nature of the building and the major change that would result from a shift in program, the design team was diligent in making sure that the character of the original building was maintained. The end result is a design that creates a set of collaborative, student centric spaces that maintain the character and significance of the building.
The ground level of the Union was redesigned as a collaborative student space. Amenities such as technology rich classrooms, meeting spaces, resource room, and gathering spaces are now be available. The second level of the Union now houses the MSU Multicultural Center. A new lounge and art gallery was developed as its focal point, allowing the group to continuously refresh their brand. Several rooms on the third level of the Union have been modified to become new meeting rooms. Flexible layouts, adjustable lighting, and state-of-the-art technology are hallmarks of these rooms.