North Campus 'Grove' project aims to build community

North Campus ‘Grove’ project aims to build community

Original article written by Nicole Casal Moore, Michigan Engineering

The four-acre lawn at the center of North Campus will be renovated this summer with the goal of transforming it from a space people pass through into one where they linger and connect.

The U-M Board of Regents approved a design for the $6.9 million Eda U. Gerstacker Grove project. The Grove will include:

  • New walkways and a large, paved plaza next to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower
  • Elevated landforms around the plaza that create a natural amphitheater
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • More than 180 additional trees in a rolling landscape, with rain gardens that capture storm water runoff
  • A sand volleyball court
  • Improved wireless and electrical capabilities
  • Spaces for tents where events could be held.

“The Gerstacker Grove is one of the most iconic and sacred open spaces on North Campus,” said Sue Gott, university planner. “A fundamental goal was to create a destination spot for all members of the university community.”

North Campus is home to the College of Engineering, the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, the Stamps School of Art & Design and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. It also holds several residence halls. Read the entire article on Michigan Engineering’s website.