Schembechler Hall to become more publicly accessible after $9M renovation
After Schembechler Hall's $9 million renovation, the home of Michigan football will be open to the public, University of Michigan CFO and Executive Vice President Timothy Slottow said during a Board of Regents meeting Thursday.
The renovation, however, will provide a facelift for the building's entrance and allow anyone to enter the Margaret Dow Towsley Sports Museum section of the hall, while still restricting them from the football facilities.
"This will completely change the entrance ... and integrate the museum," Slottow said of the renovation. "This is a rethinking of the whole entrance and feel of the museum."
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman implored Slottow to make the museum portion accessible to visitors.
"If we're going to spend $9 million in funds we need to make sure it's open to the public," Newman said.
Regents unanimously approved project, which will be funded entirely by athletic department resources, and the appointment of Grand Rapids firm Integrated Architecture to design the renovation.