University of Michigan
Green Building Certifications
24,000 Gross Square Feet
LEED for New Construction v4 Silver certification
AIA Detroit Architectural Honor Award
The University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater, & Dance wanted to expand the dance department and create a collaborative space for the creative community to increase cross-disciplinary activities by including an 100-seat performance venue, dance studios, locker rooms, and an administrative space into the design. This is the first dedicated facility for the Department of Dance in its 110-year history with an established goal of LEED Silver certification.
Built for learning
Located near a woodland area, the University of Michigan wanted to exercise care to preserve and protect the woodlot, which was an important feature to the University’s North Campus. Additionally, rainwater management needed to be improved to maintain uncontaminated water supply to the woodlot and the Huron River watershed.
"Honest and practical in its subordination to the program, the project achieves a serene, understated simplicity that draws attention both to the landscape and to the artistry on display within."
- AIA Austin Jury
Woodland stewardship included site restoration and placement of canopy trees native to Southeast Michigan, which increased diversity and decreased the use of landscape beds and mowed lawn areas. Additionally, stormwater management was improved to further protect the woodland area. An underground infiltration bed was utilized to mimic the natural hydraulic process by recharging groundwater. By utilizing nature-based solutions for the newly constructed site, the University of Michigan was able to not only protect the woodland areas near the North Campus but was able to maintain uncontaminated water supply to the Huron River during intense rain events. The facility was the first LEED v4 certified project on UM’s campus.
Construction Waste Diverted
Direct Views to Outside
(by floor area)
Rainwater Runoff Retention
Calculated Water Use Reduction
Calculated Energy Cost Reduction
Dedicated Open Space