University of Michigan, West Quad Residence Hall Renovation

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
370,000 square feet
Integrated Design Solutions
Construction Management-at-Risk
Date Completed:
July 2015

Walbridge was selected by the University of Michigan to renovate West Quad, originally constructed in 1937. West Quad and the adjoining Michigan Union-Cambridge House accommodate 1,100 students. The improvements marked the first upgrade to the building in more than 75 years, and centered on renewing a heritage hall for use by new generations of Michigan students.

Infrastructure upgrades included new plumbing, heating, cooling and ventilation systems, as well as new elevators, roof replacement and window improvements. Student rooms and bathrooms were renovated, and improvements were made to interior passageways, including accessibility improvements.

The historic façade of the building was preserved, as well as iconic artwork in the interior.

Due to the creation of a neighborhood dining center at nearby South Quad, the dining and kitchen areas at West Quad were repurposed for community and study spaces for students. New features include: 24-hour study space and multi-purpose room, a community center, offices for the Michigan Community Scholars Program, and energy efficient features that exceed code requirements by 30 percent.

The project was turned over to the University on schedule in July 2015.