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Regents approve building design for Ford School

The design for a five-story, 80,000-square-foot brick and stone building, which will be the new home of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, was approved June 19 by the Board of Regents. Prominently positioned at the northeast corner of State and Hill streets, the building will serve as a symbolic gateway to Central Campus.
(Robert A.M. Stern Associates)

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the facility will house all the functions of the Ford School, including classrooms, faculty offices, student academic and career services, and outreach and administrative programs. The new building also will house the school's five research centers: the National Poverty Center; the Ford Foundation Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy; the Michigan Program on Poverty and Social Welfare Policy; the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy; and the Nonprofit and Public Management Center.

"We are very pleased that the regents have approved the design of the new Ford School building," says Rebecca Blank, dean of the Ford School. "This new facility will provide the school with much-needed classroom and faculty space. As a multi-disciplinary program, we are best served by frequent interaction between people from different fields. The new building will facilitate this kind of activity. With the design approved, we will turn full attention to raising the private funds required to fund construction."

The project, which was approved by the regents in December 2001, is estimated to cost $32 million. Funding will be provided from gifts and capital investment proceeds. Construction will get underway when fundraising is complete.

Established in 1914 as the Institute for Public Administration, the Ford School of Public Policy trains students for careers in public service. Currently it enrolls 150 masters-level students and 25 doctoral students. With a faculty of 44, the school's curriculum emphasizes the value of social science techniques in understanding, developing, implementing and evaluating public policies.

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