A. Alfred Taubman WingUniversity of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI
Scope: Provide space to accommodate the significant growth the Program has experienced since the original building was opened in 1974, and provide a central gathering space that was absent from the original building program.
Challenge: Available budget and programmatic needs were not ideally matched. There is no more challenging client for an architect than a group of architects that are responsible for educating the future generations of architects.
Unique: Approach to introduction of daylight within the space, passive systems to provide code required smoke evacuation of the atrium, and utilization of displacement ventilation as one of the energy conservation measures ultimately leading to achievement of LEED Gold status.
Results: An on time/on budget addition that provided the desired front door presence, the needed gathering space as the heart and soul of the College and a more collaborative setting for faculty and students both in the new addition and renovated original building.