Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 17, 2010

Regents approve design for Alice Lloyd Hall renovation

The schematic design for the renovation of Alice Lloyd Hall was approved Friday by the Board of Regents. The work will include the addition of a fire suppression system, infrastructure upgrades, improvements to student rooms and bathrooms, and the creation of new community spaces for living and learning.

The schematic design incorporates ideas generated from meetings, presentations and focus groups with students, faculty and staff, and planning teams, as well as current trends in college housing from around the country. The design was presented by the architectural firms Integrated Design Solutions of Troy, and Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas + Company of Norfolk, Va.

Constructed in 1949 and named in honor of the Dean of Women during the 1930s and '40s, Alice Crocker Lloyd Hall is a 176,000-gross-square-foot structure housing approximately 560 students. It is located on Observatory Street in the Hill area of campus.

With the start of the renovation in spring 2011, the building's infrastructure — plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation, voice and data lines — will be upgraded. A new fire sprinkler system will be incorporated with the detection and alarm upgrades installed a few years ago. To improve energy efficiency, additional insulation will be installed in exterior walls and the roof. The project also will include the addition of wireless high-speed network access and air conditioning throughout Lloyd Hall.

Along with renovated bathrooms and student rooms, Lloyd's common areas will be significantly revised and repurposed, including the former dining hall and kitchen. A combination of community-specific spaces and Hill neighborhood destinations will support the social and academic needs of residents as well as living-learning programs in Lloyd Hall.

The renovation of Alice Lloyd Hall will be completed for the fall term of 2012. It is part of the Residential Life Initiatives launched in 2004, a comprehensive, multi-year plan to revitalize and renovate student housing at U-M.