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Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 4:50 p.m.

Design for $39M Lawyers Club renovation to go before U-M regents

By Kellie Woodhouse

The University of Michigan Board of Regents will get a look at the design for a $39 million renovation to the Lawyers Club at its meeting Thursday.


The University of Michigan Law Quadrangle.

The renovation was approved by the regents in March. More than half of the project will be funded by a $20 million gift from U-M alumnus Charles Munger.

The Lawyer's Club, a 260-bed dormitory on the Law Quadrangle reserved for law students, will be closed during the 2012-2013 academic year due to the renovations.

To ensure housing for law students, the Law School has reserved a handful of off-campus houses near the Law Quad.

The renovation for the 92,000 square-foot dormitory area and the 67,000 gross-square-foot club area will include architectural, mechanical and electrical upgrades, including fire system improvements.

The dorm area will also get air conditioning.

Detroit architecture firm SmithGroup and Washington, D.C., firm Hartman-Cox Architects designed the renovation. Their design will go before the regents for approval at their Thursday meeting.

Munger previously donated $3 million for improvements to the Law Quadrangle in 2007. Despite multiple donations to law school facilities, Munger received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from U-M.

The renovation is planned to come at the same time as $116 million in improvements to East Quadrangle and the closing of North Campus dorm Baits I, creating a significant reduction in on-campus housing at U-M.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 12:21 p.m.

"Despite multiple donations to law school facilities, Munger received his law degree from Harvard Law School. " Despite multiple donations... So he was unable to buya degree from UM????????? Charles Linger is Warren Buffet's right hand, and is one of the richest men in America.


Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 12:22 p.m.

Munger... I love auto correct....


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 11:28 p.m.

$39 million is equivalent to $1,000 for every student at UM. Every year for the last decade the UM has spent $500 million on construction and renovations, equivalent to $12,000 per student. Even if half of that comes from donations, that has to have a dramatic affect on tuition. During tough economic times it seems like the administration should tighten its belt and make a UM education available to more Michigan citizens. Vote for new Regents.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 10:47 p.m.

and don't forget the public "art"


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 10:08 p.m.

Does it include a "warming room" for the homeless?