The University of Michigan Art & Architecture Building

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Owner | Reference
University of Michigan
Client | Reference
Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
(Building addition)
Project Team
Rachel Smith, PE, LEED AP, CFM
Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP
Start: 2007
Project on hold: June 2008

Services Provided
Schematic design, design development plans for approval from the University as well as the topographic survey, landscape design, green roof design, irrigation design, and detailed full engineering construction plans for all site work.

This projects consisted of 2 components. PEA completed site design for a building addition to the Art & Architecture Building. Project included providing a contemporary site design that reflected the modern architecture of the building expansion and met the needs and design character requested by the architecture school faculty.

The project was designed to LEED standards, including multiple sustainable design features to serve as learning examples for the students, such as a green roof rain water harvesting system that consisted of a series of cisterns connected to drip irrigation lines and operated by solar powered control valves, and native landscaping with drought tolerant plant material. The design also included an outdoor workspace for art students.

PEA coordinated with faculty, campus planners and design and engineering staff to assure the project was carefully integrated into the campus master plan.

As the other component of this project, during site analysis, PEA discovered that a water main extension would be necessary to provide proper hydrant coverage for this portion of the campus. PEA planned ahead to coordinate the watermain work with the paving aspect of this project so future disturbance of paved areas would not be necessary to complete the watermain. This foresight resulted in a significant cost savings to the University.

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