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Posted on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 5:33 p.m.

University of Michigan music school upgrade, library expansion and stadium paint job approved by regents

By Kellie Woodhouse

University of Michigan's eight regents approved six new construction projects during their 3 p.m. meeting Thursday.


The exhibition hall of U-M's Clements Library.

U-M Photo

The governing board OK'd a $23.3 million addition and renovation to the building that houses U-M's music program, a $17.5 million upgrade to a building on its North Campus Research Complex and a $16.8 million expansion and renovation to William L. Clements Library, which houses the university's collection on early American history.

A $6 million paint job for the upper bowl of Michigan Stadium also was approved, as was a $3.2 million central campus-area utility tunnel replacement and $2.6 million College of Pharmacy renovation.

Two of the projects were largely funded by donors.

William and Delores Brehm gave $8 million toward the music school expansion, which will be named the Brehm Pavilion.

The Avenir Foundation's gave $6 million toward the Clements Library expansion. Another $800,000 was donated by members of the Clements Library Associates Board of Governors. The renovation of the 1920s-era building will make U-M's American culture collection easier to see and more accessible to the public, while also adding storage for items not on display.

The donations follow another large gift to a separate U-M arts program. Another couple, Penny and E. Roe Stamps, donated $32.5 million to the art and design school earlier this year.

The music school addition and renovation addresses a shortage of practice rooms and modernizes the 1950s-era Earl V. Moore building on North Campus, providing additional storage, offices and classrooms as well. In fiscal 2011, the School of Music, Theater and Dance enrolled 1,156 students enrolled in SMTD, the vast majority of them in the music program, but just 50 practice rooms open to all.

"This is a project that has been [in] a very long panning cycle with lots and lots," said U-M CFO Timothy Slottow.

Added U-M's provost, Phil Hanlon: "This renovation is very sorely needed."

The six projects are projected to cost a combined $69.4 million. U-M officials estimate they'll provide roughly 137 construction jobs.

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


Kellie Woodhouse

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

Here's an earlier brief on the the solar panels:

David Canter

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 3:17 p.m.

The solar array is not part of the capita; project approved yesterday by the Regents but is a separate collaborative project between DTE and the University's Planet Blue initiative for sustainability.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

The Clements Library is beautiful as it is. Gentlemen, please reconsider this particular project!


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 6:25 p.m.

As I understand it, the changes will not include changes to aesthetics, rather changes will be made to add storage vaults, climate control, fire suppression and other infra-structure upgrades. It is expected that the "look and feel" will be preserved.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

Unsure if this is included within the $17.5M upgrade to the North Campus Research Complex but obvious to traffic in that area is what looks like an large array of solar panels being installed at the corner of Plymouth Road and Huron Pkwy. That truly is a bright idea!!!

Albert Howard

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 12:28 p.m.

My former voice teacher/music mentor spoke up for the students. Thank you Professor Shirley! School of Music upgrade long overdue. "We have students that are hanging out the windows," U-M vocal professor George Shirley told "The practice facilities are inadequate to service the students. They have to wait in line to use the facilities, the rooms are small and they're not up to par with facilities that are being constructed now."