Project Overview

The West Quadrangle renovation is the final project in the University of Michigan’s Residential Life Initiatives (RLI) program and the commitment to improve student housing across campus. Since 2008, the IDS team of architects and engineers has been part of these dorm renovation projects including Stockwell, Couzens, Alice Lloyd and East Quad. Built in 1937, the historic West Quad houses the Cambridge House dormitory and is home to over 1,100 students. With one of the best locations on main campus, the building is also connected to the Michigan Union. This renovation includes standard infrastructure updates and improvements to the three-story 290,000-square-foot heritage building. The unique feature of this project is the social pathway that leads from West Quad to the new dining hall in South Quad called The Connector.

Building community through student interaction has been a strong focus of the RLI projects. The goal is to give students a place to hang out and socialize within their own residential facility. West Quad is no exception with a commitment to providing a comfortable and safe haven for culturally and socially diverse students.

One of the main challenges of the project was defining the circulation paths throughout the building with many entry points on many different levels. We had to make the building accessible, as well as determine a new circulation path for the students who live there. We reorganized the building and created additional public pathways. Students no longer have to walk through other residential areas just to get to their own room.

The building has been designed to meet or exceed all energy standards. With the addition of a new regional chiller plant located at South Quad, the cooling tower at West Quad was eliminated, boosting the overall energy efficiency.

As West Quad seeks to offer a home to students who are culturally and socially diverse, another sense of connection is on the horizon. With South Quad, Munger and now West Qua Lewis observes. we’ve created another student neighborhood on campus. It seems like the University has hit their mark to create meaningful, 21st century residential housing where all students can live and come together with a sense of community!

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Energy & Sustainability

Project Size

370,000 SF

Project Cost


Project Contact

Diana Adzemovic
University of Michigan

Project Team

Midwestern Consulting
Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas
Design Partner
SDI Structures
InkSpot Design
Experiential Branding
Construction Manager

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