ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan President’s Residence will undergo major $15 million renovations.
The Board of Regents approved the project on Thursday, which will see improvements to the building’s accessibility, safety and security features while preserving the historic character of the house, according to a statement.
The President’s House is the oldest building on campus and is currently vacant. Built in 1840, it is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
The regents plan to select the school’s 15th president this summer and work on the building is expected to be completed by February 2023.
The project will not use taxpayer funding or tuition fees to fund the project. Instead, the money will be drawn from university reserves, according to a statement.
The President’s Residence serves two purposes – as the home of the President and his family and a venue that hosts over 70 events a year.
The original 4,800 square foot building was expanded to 14,000 square feet over the years, with four additions built between 1864 and 1933.
Its 5,100 square foot ground floor is a reception space where members of the university community gather for open houses, launch activities, events honoring faculty members, special guests and more. Again.
On the second and third floors is an additional 5,200 square feet of private living space.
According to a statement from UM, the house had been in need of repairs for two decades. Its accessibility improvements will include an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant bathroom on the main floor, a new west entrance, an all-new exterior patio with ground-level access ramp, new doors exteriors and a more simplified connection between the patio and the veranda. .
Historic features that will be preserved throughout the home are its library with full bookcases, moldings, hardwood floors and other woodwork.
The private residence will receive a new open kitchen and dining area.
Security updates will include updated fire detection, alarm and security systems as well as an updated fire suppression system.
The project will be designed by UM’s Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction.
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