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