Building Tour - University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
Day: Wednesday May 7
Time: 4 -5 PM
Place: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Safety gear is NOT required, addition is mostly complete but not yet occupied
56,600 SF New addition and 13,000 SF renovation, targeting LEED Silver
The Institute needed to expand, and desired to stay in the six story building originally designed for them. The tight urban site required an infill addition on the northwest corner of the site, and as requested by the University, the architecture needed to compliment the original building. Drawing on the original Alden Dow design, the expansion employs a palette of red brick, white stucco and glass. The façade of the expansion adopts the cantilever bays of the original tower, but at a scale that responds to the surrounding residential neighborhood.
The addition adds three above grade levels that house two floors of office space with collaboration spaces on each floor. The first floor has an atrium gathering space, a coffee shop and a large meeting space for 220 people that can be subdivided into smaller group spaces. The large meeting space, as well as conference rooms in the addition, are equipped with teleconferencing that connects ISR to other countries and other parts of the United States. A below grade level houses a large data enclave for secure storage and access to high security data.
The Institute for Social Research is the world’s largest academic social science survey and research organization.