Alumni Center

University Of Michigan
Services
Architecture
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Technology
Size
Renovation
25,000 Sq. Ft.
DATES
Completion Dates
October 2020
COST
Project Cost
$5,820,999
Client Contact
Angila Chapman University Of Michigan
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The project consisted of a visioning and programming study of the current 20,000 square foot Alumni Center at the University of Michigan. Built in the early 1980s, Hugh Newell Jacobsen designed the facility for its staff’s specific needs 30 years ago. Today, while a beloved structure for those who know it, the building doesn’t represent the Michigan Alumni brand aesthetically or functionally.

The Alumni Association’s current staff has more than doubled in size since the building was originally constructed. Where employees once benefited from the luxury of large private offices, they now needed to work collaboratively and wanted a more adaptable and more open space. Similarly, the original building design was focused inward, and through the lush growth of surrounding vegetation, it blended in with its surroundings. Today, many students on campus don’t know that the building exists, which is a problem for the Alumni Association, which seeks to attract these students who may one day become members. As the building’s heritage and location on campus make building expansion difficult, the University was torn between how much campus activity an Alumni Center really needs and how much of that space needs to focus on the Alumni Association’s staff work environment. Therefore, the University needed guidance in creating a vision for the Alumni Center to guide its growth and development in the years to come.

The project’s vision drew inspiration from the staff at the Alumni Association. As part of numerous visioning sessions with the staff, IDS’s role was to extract the building’s current needs and future goals of the association. Our task was to uncover how a renovation would support those goals and represent the brand image, what it would look like, how it can attract students, and how it benefits members.

 

Project Overview

The project’s vision drew inspiration from the staff at the Alumni Association. As part of numerous visioning sessions with the staff IDS’s role was to extract not just the current needs of the building, but what the future goals are for the association. The task was to uncover how a renovation would support those goals, and represent the brand image, what would it look like, how can it attract students, and how does it benefit members. With that goal in mind the new space will bring this historic building into the 21st century and provide an immersive and engaging destination for alumni to reconnect and interact with fellow alums and students.

Project Team

Principal-In-Charge
Project Manager
Project Architect
Stacie Hadeed, AIA, NCARB, CDT
Construction Administrator
Christopher King, AIA
Electrical Engineer
Ellis Young
Mechanical Engineer
Interior Designer
Christina Koleczko
Design Support
Nicholas Kothari, RA, NCARB, LEED® Green Associate
Architectural Support
Matthew D. Showalter, RA, NCARB
Mechanical Support
Corey S. Watts
Mechanical Support
Debbie Burgess
Architectural Preservation Consultant
Hartman-Cox Architects
Cost Estimator
KAS Estimating Services, Inc.
Civil Engineer
Beckett & Raeder, Inc
Structural Engineer
SDI Structures
General Contractor
DeMaria
Technology Designer
Stephen Robison, CTS-D, RCDD, DMC-E, ECP
Branding Consultant
Jack Porter