Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Regents approve design for Couzens Hall renovation

The Board of Regents approved the schematic design for the renovation of Couzens Hall on Thursday.

The work will include adding a fire suppression system, infrastructure upgrades, improved student rooms and bathrooms, and the creation of new community spaces for living and learning.

The schematic design presented by the architectural firm Integrated Design Solutions incorporates ideas generated from meetings, presentations and focus groups with students, faculty and staff, and planning teams.

The renovation will start in spring 201 and will include improved infrastructure, additional insulation, wireless, high-speed network access and air conditioning throughout the building.
Couzens’ common areas, including the former dining hall and kitchen, will be revised and repurposed. The street-level lobby will be redesigned into a community center, an interactive gathering space and electronic information hub for residents and staff.

The lower level will include new classrooms and offices, a multipurpose room, soundproof music practice rooms, and an upgraded Community Learning Center.
The renovation of Couzens Hall will be completed for the Fall Term of 2011.  It is part of the Residential Life Initiatives (RLI) launched in 2004, a comprehensive, multi-year plan to revitalize and renovate student housing at U-M.