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The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will see an upgrade and expansion of its facilities by Fall 2017. Begun in 2009, the project is the result of many years of faculty, student and staff planning. The project will provide an additional 36,000 SF to our existing 72,000 SF facility and renovate approximately 11,000 SF of the current building. The project also encompasses a much-needed mechanical and electrical upgrade to the old building, as well as a new roof. The building addition and renovations will cost $28.5 million, with an additional $2.8 million allocated for building maintenance. The building plan is funded by a major gift from the late A. Alfred Taubman, as well as a generous gift from the late King C. Stutzman, matching funds from the Office of the President of the University of Michigan, and funds from the Provost Office and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
After the completion of feasibility studies by Architecture Research Office, New York, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Cambridge, MA, was selected as design architect, and Integrated Design Solutions, Troy, MI, was chosen as architect-of-record. Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. is well known for designs for public structures that bring a unique approach to shaping space and light, notably the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2013) and the Arcade Canopy, Battery Park City, New York (2012). The firm’s work has been widely published, has been collected by major museums, and has garnered numerous awards, including several Progressive Architecture Awards and the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Who designed the building?
A: Preston Scott Cohen is the design architect working in conjunction with Integrated Design Solutions (IDS), an architectural firm based in Troy, MI. Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2008 to 2013. Paul Stachowaik, a graduate of Taubman College (B.S. '76, M Arch '77) is president of IDS. The design process was led by the Taubman College's Space Planning Committee whose members include Faculty, Students and Staff.
When will the project be completed?
A: The project will be completed Fall 2017
Will the construction affect the operations of the school?
A: The addition has been planned so that classes can continue uninterrupted. The renovations to the existing facilities are scheduled for the summer months when school is not in session.
How big is the new space and where will it go?
A: The new wing will consist of 36,000 square feet and extend out from the east side of the building, with main doors on Bonisteel Blvd. across from U-M’s James and Ann Duderstadt Center.
Why is the building expansion and renovation needed?
A: Since the original construction of the building in 1974, student interest and architecture and urban planning interest has increased, resulting in more student and faculty space needs. The building systems have exceeded their expected useful life and are failing and in need of replacement.
How was the timeline for the project determined?
A: The project follows the timeline stipulated on the gift agreement with Mr. Taubman. If the timeline is not followed, gift funds will revert back to the donors, as will the matching funds from the President, Provost and CFO.
Does the renovation and expansion anticipate growth of the student body?
A: No. The project only addresses current needs. For example, the amount of available space per student in the current studio is below NAAB standards. CMYK has proven insufficient for midterm and final reviews. The current auditorium does not have enough seats to comfortably accommodate college events and some of our required courses. Moreover, the existing space does not accommodate the growth in the number of students in the physical planning concentration. The size of our faculty offices are below university minimum size. Our Ph.D. students' offices are currently housed in another building. Our current student lounges are inadequately sized, without light and air. Planning students do not have project rooms for their Capstones.
Why are there two student lounges and a PhD colloquium room in the new addition. Wouldn't it have been better to have a single student lounge for everyone to come together?
A: The decision to create three separate spaces in the building was the result of student input. The Space Planning Committee organized a series of student open meetings with the architects at the initial stages of the design. In those meetings students expressed the need for each program to have a clear identity visibly expressed in the building. The College also conducted a survey that reinforced what students expressed in the meetings.
When was the building officially approved by U-M Regents?
A: University of Michigan Regents approved the schematic design of the new Taubman College building addition - the A. Alfred Taubman Wing - at the December 18, 2014, Regents meeting.
Will the addition address our current lack of pin-up spaces for design reviews?
A: The new Commons area is designed as a flexible 5,700 square feet space intended to accommodate midterm and final Architecture Reviews in addition to Colloquia, Symposia and Events for the college at large.
Did any building money come from Taubman College endowment funds and/or could this money have been used for other college endeavors (e.g. - faculty salaries, student funding, etc.)?
A: No. The money was given to the college for the exclusive purpose of building and space needs.
Will the renovation address the heat and cold fluctuation in the building and particularly in studio?
A: Yes. A large component of the renovation involves upgrading the mechanical system in the building.
Will the building be LEED Certified?
A: Yes. The University of Michigan adopted a LEED Silver design certification standard for major new construction projects. In addition, U-M requires new construction to exceed by 30 percent a widely recognized energy efficiency standard, giving the university one of the most rigorous construction standards among higher education institutions in the nation. For more on this effort:
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