The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, January 20, 2006

U-M modernizes LS&A Building

By The Building Tradesman

ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan's Literature Science and the Arts (LS& A) Building was built in 1948. Since then, technology, knowledge and educational techniques have advanced by leaps and bounds, but the building hasn't.

That's about to change.

DeMaria Building Co., its subcontractors and the building trades are in the midst of pulling the Central Campus building into the 21st Century with a $25 million renovation project.

According to the University of Michigan, the project will involve the total renovation of the 126,000-square-foot building. Mechanical and electrical systems will be updated, including heating and ventilation.

In order to upgrade the building's mechanical systems and provide air-conditioning, the project will require the installation of large fan units, ductwork, and other significant mechanical devices. Air-conditioning will be added to the building and accessibility throughout the building will be improved to meet current codes. Fire detection and fire suppression systems will also be installed.

When the project is complete next summer, "the building will generally function as it has in the past," the U-M said, "housing core functions of the of the College of LS&A administration and some of the college's academic and support functions. Selected general University functions, such as the University Registrar's Office, will continue to provide service from the LS&A Building.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN is undertaking nearly $1 billion in construction activity. A portion of that is being spent on the ongoing renovation of the Literature, Science & Arts Building.
READYING a 2 1/2-inch copper pipe for cutting are (l-r) Craig Underwood (UA Local 190) and Chad Strickrodt (UA Local 190). They're working in a mechanical room at the U-M Literature, Science and Arts Building.