Plans to renovate the 101-year-old Edward Henry Kraus Natural Sciences Building took another step forward on Thursday, October 19, as the Board of Regents approved the project's schematic design.
The $120 million project calls for a deep renovation of the existing 183,000-square-foot building, plus a 62,000-square-foot infill addition within an exterior courtyard.
Completed in 1915, the Kraus Building currently houses the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In 2018, both of those departments will be relocated to the Biological Science Building, which is currently under construction.
The renovation and addition of Kraus will enable the School of Kinesiology to consolidate its programs and operations — currently in the School of Kinesiology Building, the Central Campus Recreation Building and other leased space — into one location inside Kraus. That location will be large enough to allow for the school's future growth.
Learn more about the project — and see the very first renderings of our new space, including the lobby, commons, classrooms, and research areas — at kines.umich.edu/newbuilding.