The University of Michigan—Flint, David M. French Hall Renovations

Flint, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture

  • CLIENT

    The University of Michigan--Flint

  • AREA

    53,510 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $5,600,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2008

The student always has been the center of attention at the University of Michigan—Flint, and meeting student needs through effective teaching is the university’s signature objective. The “student-centered learning” classroom must take into consideration changing learning styles, new understandings of the way students learn, and new ways of presenting ideas ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$104.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation information. Students learn better when they meet in classrooms that promote collaborative interaction.

The renovation of French Hall, built in 1977, brings new possibilities for learning and new technological capability to the campus. The 31-classroom renovation enables the university to meet the educational needs of students and graduates by providing an environment both technologically sophisticated and oriented toward interactive, experiential learning.

Renovations also include:

•Necessary mechanical/electrical building infrastructure upgrades.

•ADA-compliance upgrades.

•Redesign of poorly planned corridors to provide effective and safe building flow indicative of a contemporary architectural expression.

•Reconfiguration of faculty offices to eliminate inefficient space and promote interdisciplinary work of faculty and students.

•Improved wayfinding, creating focal points of interest.

Technology in classrooms is addressed through extensive IT infrastructure upgrades. Every classroom is equipped with “smart cart” technology to allow for wireless computers, DVD players, data projectors and document cameras. The technology infrastructure was upgraded to serve the increased network and server needs, and to provide faster connections.