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University of Michigan: Dance Building

University of Michigan
Dance Building

Project Details


University Of Michigan 
1000 Baits Dr. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Services Utilized

Green Building Certification

Project Size

24,000 Gross Square Feet

Project Achievements

LEED for New Construction v4 Silver certification

AIA Detroit Architectural Honor Award

The Challenge

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
and preservation

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.

The Solution

"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.

Project Achievements


Bikeability Score


Walkability Score


Construction Waste Diverted
from Landfills


Direct Views to Outside
(by floor area)

90th %-ile

Rainwater Runoff Retention


Calculated Water Use Reduction 


Calculated Energy Cost Reduction


Dedicated Open Space

Building Certifications

LEED for New Construction v4 Silver cerification

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