This past September, Andrew Klare, Design Director, and Gregory Mell, Project Manager, traveled to Ann Arbor for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Part of the Ross Athletic Center core at the University of Michigan, this new building provides one of college football’s most storied and successful teams with much-needed, world-class facilities. A complex renovation and addition to the existing Oosterbaan Field House and Schembechler Hall buildings, the project includes a new weight room and Sports Medicine facility, as well as office space, meeting rooms, and a new coaching staff locker room. The Sport Medicine facility – including hydrotherapy, nutrition, treatment, and recovery areas – provides state-of-the-art facilities that support the quick recovery of student athletes. It also incorporates a mudroom, equipment drying room, shower area, and cryogenic recovery pool within a one-story addition at the intersection of Oosterbaan, Schembechler, and Glick.
This project demonstrates KPF’s long-standing relationship with the university, which includes the design of the Ross School of Business, completed in three phases over the course of twelve years. The primary objective was to transform the culture of the school, giving it a strong identity with a new front door and a cohesive and inspiring series of exterior and interior spaces, including a winter garden that serves as a much-needed physical center of gravity for the school’s intellectual and social life. Ongoing work for the university’s athletic master plan complement these projects as well.