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  The University Center, University of Michigan — Dearborn, Page 32The University Center, University of Michigan — Dearborn
400 Galleria Officentre, #555, Southfield, MI 48034

Dearborn, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 85,140
Construction Period: May 2002 to Oct 2003 

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: JM Olson Corporation - 26210 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: L & A, Inc. - 30903 Northwestern Hwy., #300, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Peter Basso Associates, Inc. - 5145 Livernois, #100, Troy, MI 48098
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Russell Design, Inc. - 108 N. Center Street, #204, Northville, MI 48167
COST ESTIMATOR: Neumann/Smith & Associates - 400 Galleria Officentre, #555, Southfield, MI 48034

The University of Michigan-Dearborn wanted to renovate the obsolete Student Center, originally constructed in 1980, known as the "UMall". The intent was to create a new University Center that would be the primary entry point to the campus for visitors, house student services and activities, and be the social hub of the campus.

Neumann/Smith & Associates was selected to extensively renovate the interior and exterior to accommodate the new program and give new life to the building.

Primarily constructed of brick with few windows, the existing building lacked architectural character. Extensive modifications were made to architecturally integrate the building to the campus environment. The addition of a glass curtainwall to the exterior facade allows for a significant increase in natural light penetration into the building and new views to the outdoors.

A new prominent main building entrance invites prospective students and visitors into the building where they are greeted at the welcome center. Student services, such as admissions and orientation, registration and records, financial aid, cashiers office, counseling and support services, CASL advising, career services, and academic counseling have been integrated to maximize the sharing of space and staff efficiency and to provide flexibility for future changes. An easily accessible "generalist station," a studentfriendly area for efficient processing of common transactions, has been created to provide a "one-stop shop".

The primary space in the building is a two-story social lounge and food court. It has been placed to be easily accessible by students and allow for natural daylight and tremendous views to the outdoor campus greenspace. Adjacent to this area is a bookstore, copy center, credit union, and meeting rooms that can accommodate 700 people.

Student organization groups including the student newspaper, student government, activities office, radio station, campus video, debate club, and the literature club are located on the second floor.

Exterior site areas have been designed to allow for the continuation of the main north/south pedestrian sidewalk link to other campus buildings. The main building entrance is complimented by a formal plaza area, and an outdoor lounge area has been created adjacent to the building lounge/food court area for the gathering of students during the summer months.

Neumann/Smith was the Architect of Record for the project and was responsible for programming, schematic design, design development, interior finishes, construction documents, bidding and negotiation and construction administration.

DIV 04: Masonry: The Belden Brick Company.
DIV 07: Metal: Berridge Manufacturing.
DIV 09: Gypsum: United States Gypsum.
DIV 10: Operable Partitions: Hufcor; Toilet Partitions: Santana Products.

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