The University of Michigan (UM) had the vision to combine administration, faculty and students into one dynamic nexus to propel UM into its third century as a leader in academic excellence. SLAM worked closely with the university on the vision and creation of this project by combining the historic Ruthven Museums Building and the new Central Campus Classroom Building (CCCB). Their union became an entry and beacon to the campus.
The University of Michigan had three distinct goals for this project:
SLAM worked closely with the University of Michigan’s Executive Officers Group to understand the key drivers of the Central Campus Classroom Building and Ruthven Museums Building project. The unity of the buildings created a space that enhanced lifestyle and connectivity for students, faculty and administration, while honoring UM tradition and emphasizing flexibility.
The Central Campus Classroom Building and preserved Ruthven Museums Building have become the heartbeat and beacon of the University of Michigan. Their unity is a new hub for an advance global curriculum and a futuristic learning environment.
While the historic features of the exterior and rotunda have been carefully preserved, the renovation has delivered a thoroughly modern interior that supports the needs of a 21st-century work environment with efficiently planned office space, abundant formal and informal collaboration space, pervasive natural light and state-of-the-art AV, communications and display technology.
University of Michigan’s newest building is more than just a sleek, high-tech instructional space. It is part of a movement across campus — and beyond — to make teaching and learning a more collaborative, engaging experience. The CCCB is the first facility at UM to be designed entirely to support active learning in large courses. We wanted to make this building as forward-thinking as we could. This is part of a larger effort to support innovative teaching campuswide.