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Regents approve Mosher-Jordan renovation

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Mosher-Jordan has been selected as the first residence hall in the Hill area to undergo a major renovation as part of the University's Residential Life Initiatives (RLI). The renovation plan was approved by the Board of Regents May 19.

The project will include a number of upgrades, including adding air conditioning, wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, and areas for music practice and study, as well as flexible classroom space with a variety of seating options—all of which will be designed with sensitivity to the historical and architectural significance of the residence hall built in 1930. The existing computer lab will be transformed into a Community Learning Center to provide spaces and the technology for students to meet, work and learn collaboratively. Current community bathrooms will be reconfigured for privacy and accessibility.

"This project is responsive to the many needs expressed by our students, and I believe they will be excited about the transformation of Mosher-Jordan once the renovations are complete," says E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs. "Our challenge is to maintain the character of this lovely building, while providing the types of modern spaces and technology that will enhance both the comfort and the learning opportunities for students in their living environment."

Regents also appointed Goody Clancy & Associates to design the renovation plan. The Boston firm was hired by regents in November to design the Hill Dining Center, which is proposed to be located in proximity to Mosher-Jordan. Goody Clancy & Associates is considered one of the leading architecture, planning and preservation firms in the country with a portfolio that includes housing, educational and historic projects.

The estimated cost of the Mosher-Jordan renovation is $44 million, with funds to come from housing resources and University investment proceeds.

Mosher-Jordan is a 145,000-square-foot, five-story residence hall complex that houses nearly 500 students. Under the plan, an 8,000-square-foot mechanical building will be built to accommodate the air-conditioning mechanical and electrical equipment, a loading dock and trash facilities.

Other upgrades will include new plumbing, heating, ventilation, fire detection and suppression systems, renovated bath facilities, and accessibility improvements. The replacement of the Jordan Hall elevator, approved by regents in October 2004, also will be incorporated into the project. Parking won't be affected by the renovation.

While a number of campus residence halls have undergone upgrades to life safety equipment, such as fire alarms, and sprinkler and security systems, the Mosher-Jordan project is the first major renovation of an existing residence hall that is part of the RLI—a larger plan to overhaul residential facilities across campus over time. In addition to addressing student needs for updated features, the comprehensive renewal of housing seeks to better integrate living and learning.

"Included in our renovation plan for Mosher-Jordan are flexible spaces that will allow students, faculty and staff to come together for unique learning activities tied to the residential experience and academic success," says Carole Henry, director of University Housing and assistant vice president for student affairs. "For example, the Community Learning Center will include several academic partnerships and will be configured with multi-user work stations and equipped to allow for group projects, practicing presentations, and cross-campus interactions, while being within easy access of the living spaces."

The tentative timetable for the Mosher-Jordan renovation is to begin construction soon after students move out in spring 2006. The plan for maintaining undergraduate housing capacity during this project and renovations of other halls in the future calls for the use of Northwood III apartment units on North Campus. The process of converting some of the family housing apartments for undergraduate use began prior to the start of renovations in response to record enrollment during 2004-05.

Renovation of neighboring Stockwell Hall is recommended in the RLI but no date has been set for the project. Regents previously approved the building of a new residence hall and academic center called North Quad at the site of the Frieze building. To read more of the recommendations in the RLI, go to: http://www.housing.umich.edu/rli.

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