Crisler Center renovations on schedule, Schembechler Hall upgrades starting soon
The sights and sounds of construction crews and concrete being moved around the University of Michigan's South Campus aren't likely to subside soon.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said during last week's WTKA Mott Takeover event that the second phase of the Crisler Center renovations is on schedule, and the upcoming facelift and expansion to Schembechler Hall should be finalized soon.
"They're working double shifts at Crisler and if you go by, just about every day there's a new wall up, you can see the progress happening before your eyes," Brandon said. "They're working really hard because we need to get that baby ready to go for the season, and I'm being told we're on schedule. We've certainly had great weather, so there's no weather excuses."
Crisler Center is currently undergoing a second phase of renovations, costing an estimated $52 million.
The renovation project, a task Brandon expects to be finished by next season, will add approximately 63,000 square feet to the arena -- including private club space.
The project also features a renovated lobby and improved concourse areas. The first phase of renovations featured an in-arena facelift (complete with new HD video board), along with the new $23.2 million William Davidson Player Development Center, were unveiled prior to the start of the 2011-12 season.
As for Schembechler Hall, Brandon expects that process to get underway "real soon."
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"We're in the finalization plans, we'll go before the regents for the renovation and expansion of Schembechler real soon, and the public will get to see what we have in mind there," Brandon said. "We're really excited about the prospects there."
In January, the regents approved a $9 million renovation of the building, which currently houses the Michigan football team's offices, locker rooms and other team facilities.
Schembechler Hall also includes a Michigan football museum, something that will be given a major upgrade during the planned renovations. The project calls for the museum to be given a modern upgrade and will also feature a new entrance that is designed for easier public access.
In total, the building will expand by approximately 7,000 square feet. An existing 7,000 square feet will be renovated.
Additionally, Brandon recently announced a $250 million master plan that will upgrade nearly every non-revenue athletic facility on campus throughout the next seven to 10 years.
For that project to get fully underway, though, Brandon says work needs to be done.
"That will really affect 15 of our sports," he said. "So we have a lot of work to do and a lot of money to raise."