Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, December 14, 2012

Regents approve renovations to Angell Hall computing center

The Angell Hall computing center will get its first significant upgrade since it was opened in 1988 after the Board of Regents on Thursday approved a renovation project.

The $4.4 million renovation will update approximately 32,000 gross square feet of space to expand the computing site and provide new furniture, improve accessibility, refurbish the computer classrooms on site, and install a new raised flooring system for maximum future flexibility.

"We believe these renovations will create a more modern computing site for students with updated technology and more collaborative work space," said Laura Patterson, associate vice president and chief information officer. "Angell Hall is our largest and busiest computing site on campus, used by more than 3,000 users each day during the academic year."

The renovation also will include an additional entrance to help improve traffic flow in and out of the computing area and upgraded mechanical and life safety systems.

The university is seeking student input on furniture options and how work space is used. Furniture samples have been set up near the main entrance at the site, and students can complete an on-site survey to share input.

"We are delighted to partner with ITS to renovate the Angell Hall site into a computing center of the future," noted Martha Pollack, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs. "Students and the University community at large will find that the new site will be a premier, technology-enriched meeting point on campus."

U-M's Architecture, Engineering and Construction unit will design the project. Renovations are to begin in the summer with completion by fall 2013. The project will be funded by investment proceeds and resources provided by the Office of the Provost.