Intramural Sports Building Renovation, University of Michigan

Intramural Sports Building Renovation, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 2017

Project Description

Built in 1928, the University of Michigan Intramural Sports Building was the first facility in the nation dedicated exclusively to collegiate recreation. Because of the 88-year-old building’s unique claim, the design team was charged with protecting key elements of the existing facility. Following renovation, the building remains true to its foundation while receiving new finishes, flooring, windows and greatly improved transparency.

This historic building proudly retains its one-of-a-kind grandeur. Exterior walls were 95 percent maintained in original form and function. Although filled with contemporary attributes, the building appears largely as it did in the early 20th century.

Historical interior features were maintained, even as the facility’s spaces were modernized to meet the needs of today’s students. One example of this is in the main gymnasium, where the “Michigan” painted on the brick wall was preserved for a historic feel, but new floors, lighting and soon-to-be-added ceiling-mounted automated volleyball systems and divider curtains freshen the space. Additionally, an outdated and underutilized pool made room for strength and cardio space, addressing one of the campus’s greatest needs.

The building also made significant strides for accessibility and inclusivity. For the first time, the building is completely ADA compliant. One gender-inclusive restroom, two gender-inclusive locker rooms, a personal room, and individual showers and changing rooms represent a commitment to inclusion.


Project Details

Architect: Integrated Design Solutions (ids)
Construction Cost: $15.6 Million
Square Feet: 98,754
Occupancy: August 2016

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sports

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Draper Inc.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Racquetball/Squash Courts: Connor Sports

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Summit Lockers Inc.

Projection Screens: Draper Inc.

Architect Of Record

Integrated Design Solutions (ids)
Troy, MI

Design Architect

RDG Planning & Design
Des Moines, IA

Landscape Architect

RDG Planning & Design
Des Moines, IA

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