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Buyers Guide: The Collaborative

The Collaborative
206 S. Main St
Suite 231
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734) 922-8002

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With an emphasis on client interaction, The Collaborative prides itself on design solutions tailored to each client’s specific needs and context. Specializing in the design of higher education sports and recreational facilities, The Collaborative’s services include Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Planning; and has been recognized with more than 120 national, state and local design awards. Founded in Toledo, Ohio in 1973, with an additional office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the firm is led by six Principals who are hands-on in day to day project leadership.

Throughout the past twenty-five years, a majority of The Collaborative’s work has been in higher education, with a portfolio that includes more than 550 major college and university projects on 70+ campuses across the country. As a leader in recreation and athletic facility design, The Collaborative is a contributing member of both NIRSA and Athletic Business.

See projects from this firm that have been featured in the Architectural Showcase:

Bowling Green State University – Student Recreation Center

Bowling Green, OH

In order to keep up with student demands, BGSU renovated its 1970’s Student Recreation Center. The design explores the most effective layout for the Wellness Center, offices, weight equipment, pro shop and climbing wall. Working within the existing space, the renovated plan has helped increase student engagement by 25%.

Cost: $11,200,000
SqFt: 179,549 SF

Gannon University – Athletic & Recreation Center Addition & Renovation

Erie, PA

Following a feasibility study Gannon University upgraded the 1980s building to accommodate a new 80-yard indoor synthetic turf field, as well as, cardio, multi-purpose rooms, free weights, food service area, lounges and meeting rooms.  Spaces for socialization encourage students to hang out before and after workouts, supporting a mind-body balance.

Cost: $12,000,000
SqFt: 85,777 SF Addition; 19,900 SF Renovation

Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, MI

The Collaborative has helped Lawrence Technological University develop the vision for a new multi-sport athletic facility, designed to house the majority of Blue Devil outdoor athletics programs.  The Facility will include seating for 4,000 fans with a 2-story luxury press box,  30,000 SF athletics end-zone building, sports field lighting, visitor locker facilities, concessions building, and spirit store.

Cost: TBD
SqFt: 30,000 SF + Field

Saint Mary’s College - Angela Sports & Recreation Center

Notre Dame, IN

The Collaborative and Saint Mary’s College have teamed to develop a 105,000 SF new and renovated athletics and fitness center to include an upgraded performance gym, 3court multipurpose field house with suspended running track, fitness studios, expanded, cardio and strength training areas, golf room, athletic coaches suite, health and counseling center, athletics and general use locker facilities, game day lobbies and cafe, locker facilities, and other support spaces.

Cost: $15,500,000
SqFt: 105,000 SF