Facilities Planning is always planning projects to improve our campus.
Learn more about the major construction and renovation projects below.
Engineering Laboratory Building
The University of Michigan-Dearborn will replace its nearly 60-year-old Engineering Laboratory Building with a new $90 million facility. The schematic design was approved by the University's Board of Regents in April 2017.
The ELB, built in 1959, is one of four original buildings on the UM-Dearborn campus. The new facility will cover about 108,000 square feet and will serve as the campus' primary engineering teaching and research facility.
The project is supported, in part, by funding through the state's Capital Outlay Budget. Once construction is authorized by the state Legislature, the state will provide about $30 million in financial support. The balance of the funding will be provided by UM-Dearborn resources.
The building will include teaching labs designed to facilitate entrepreneurial problem solving, encourage multidisciplinary collaboration in the context of 21st-century engineering instruction and provide students with new collaboration and project spaces.
SmithGroupJJR will design the facility. The project is expected to generate an average of 71 on-site construction jobs.
A new ELB will enable UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science to continue to respond to growing regional and national demand for engineering graduates.
UM-Dearborn's engineering program has seen a 74 percent increase in enrollment since 2010. The college plans to double the number of CECS graduates by 2020.
Natural Sciences Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn officially opened its Natural Sciences Building Friday, September 9, 2016 following a four-year, $51 million Natural Sciences Building renovation. The renovation was announced in 2012 in response to increased student and industry demand in science-related fields and was supported by $30 million in capital outlay from the State of Michigan.
The Natural Sciences Building renovation includes an addition of approximately 20,000 gross square feet and:
Updated technology for teaching and research
Nearly 40 laboratories, including a mix of research labs and teaching labs
Student common areas for study and recitation rooms for interactive learning
The design and construction meet LEED Silver criteria.
The former Science Building, constructed in 1959 and original to campus, was updated to provide proper facilities for research and teaching and to best prepare students for high-demand careers in the sciences. Overall, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs from 2000-2010, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and are expected to grow another 17 percent by 2018. UM-Dearborn’s Department of Natural Sciences has seen a 21 percent increase in class enrollment in recent years.
“I am confident that the new Natural Sciences Building not only will better serve our students in the near term, but also be a wise investment in the future of preparing students for the jobs and economy of tomorrow,” UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little said.