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University of Michigan North Quad


University of Michigan North Quad

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Building a vision of a living and learning complex at a leading Big Ten university in a tight urban location required the innovation of an entire team to meet green, safe and community priorities. This was the first housing structure built on campus since 1967.

An ultra modern complex combining comfortable, secure student residences that adjoined state-of-the-art academic spaces. Preservation of a century old library facade was a non-negotiable; two towers, comprising 366,000 sq. ft. that had to fit within the site’s tight confines, were bordered by three busy streets and an active downtown district.

Walbridge drew on the knowledge and determination of talented, experienced employees to meet challenges head on. Our innovative GreenWISE Program, an Intelligent Sustainability and Environmental system, initiated 18 on-site environmental practices, reduced construction impact, preserved 100-year-old oak trees, diverted 450 tons of construction waste from landfills, and exceeded code on energy conservation.

During the four-year project, a total of 1.1 million work hours were logged. Through it all, we maintained an exemplary safety record and made a fitting contribution to the enhancement of one of America’s leading institutions of higher education.