New Building

An artist's rendering of what the E.H. Kraus Building will look like after its extensive renovation is complete in fall 2020.

building a legacy

In September 2016, the Board of Regents approved the Edward Henry Kraus Natural Science Building to become the School of Kinesiology's new home in 2020. Designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn, whose other campus masterpieces include Burton Memorial Tower, Hill Auditorium, and Hatcher Graduate Library, the Kraus Building has been a university landmark since 1915. We are honored to be the newest residents of this beautiful and historic structure.

Our goal, after a transformative renovation, is to have all of our facilities—classrooms, laboratories, academic and career advising offices, collaboration spaces, and more—in one amazing location right in the heart of central campus. For the first time in our school’s history, all our faculty, students, staff, and research will be together under one roof.

The slideshow above contains the very first renderings of our new space, including the lobby, commons, classrooms, and research areas. Keep visiting this page to see the latest updates as our transformation begins to take shape.

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A Work in Progress

Track the progress of our new building through these monthly updates. See the latest photos at!

July 2020

Construction on our new home was paused for six weeks due to Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Now that construction restrictions have been lifted, we’re ramping back up and are still on track for fall 2020 move-in and January 2021 classes.

  • Interior finishes continue on floors 1-4.
  • Ceiling pad installation has started on the 4th floor.
  • Carpet installation has started on the 4th floor.
  • Wood paneling is being installed in the commons, 4th floor, and 3rd floor ceilings.
  • Fixtures and trims are installed in bathrooms on floors 2-4.
  • Terrazzo flooring continues on floors 2, 3, and 4.
  • Elevator installation continues.
  • Lab casework will resume in mid-July.
  • Exterior façade restoration is continuing on the south side. Façade washing continues on the north and east sides.
  • Concrete site walls continue at south and east entry. Flatwork has started along the south side.
  • East entry reconstruction continues with placement of steps.

March 2020

  • Bathroom finish installation is beginning.
  • Overhead utility installation is beginning on the 1st and 2nd floors.
  • Light fixture installation is beginning on the 3rd and 4th floors.
  • Ceiling grid and elevator installation continue.
  • Priming and painting continue.
  • Exterior restoration continues as weather permits.
  • Masonry at the new Diag entrance is complete.

January & February 2020

  • Work has begun on the Diag entrance.
  • Wet lab bench furniture is being installed on the 4th floor.
  • Flooring is being installed on the 3rd and 4th floors.
  • Accent walls on the 3rd and 4th floors have a first coat of paint.
  • Construction on the 1st floor is still very active, with wall studs and gypsum board going up.

November & December 2019

  • Glass roof installation is complete!
  • Elevator installation has begun.
  • Terrazzo installation in the bathrooms has started.
  • Ceiling grid installation and overhead utility installation is ongoing.
  • Lab casework is scheduled for installation later this month.
  • Exterior restoration will resume in the spring when the weather is better.

October 2019

  • Glass roof installation continues through October.
  • Exterior restoration continues along the east and south sides.
  • North and south building entry foundations continue.
  • New window installation continues on the west side.
  • Gypsum board, overhead utility, structural steel, and ceiling grid installation continue throughout the building.
  • Priming and painting continues on floors 2, 3, and 4.

September 2019

  • Construction on all floors, including labs, classrooms, the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs, all program offices, and the dean's suite, is moving along.
  • Electrical lines and HVAC are being installed.
  • Equipment for the 1st floor Exercise Training Research Center is being finalized.
  • Faculty are discussing and finalizing class lab needs.
  • Initial hard-hat tours are beginning for donors who are supporting the building.

August 2019

  • Drywall is going up at a rapid pace.
  • 1st and 2nd floor labs and classrooms are being constructed.
  • Wayfinding signage, accent paint colors, and furniture are being finalized.
  • The Commons glass roof is scheduled for October installation!

June & July 2019

  • Work that began in May is continuing.
  • Office selections are complete and furniture decisions are underway.
  • The first hard-hat walk-through will be in mid-July.

May 2019

  • Fence graphics have been installed.
  • Demolition is winding down; renovation will begin mid-month.
  • Window installation will begin mid-month.
  • The North University entrance will be cleaned and repaired.
  • Restoration of exterior terra cotta will begin.
  • Irrigation work around the perimeter of the building will begin.

April 2019

  • Underground work on the building's lower level continues.
  • Courtyard work will begin mid-month.
  • Faculty are giving input on their research space layout.
  • Classroom interior design planning is beginning.

March 2019

  • Demolition is progressing nicely.
  • The 4th floor has mostly been torn out and the rebuild is beginning.
  • A crane has been installed for heavy lifting of steel beams and other materials.