Major Projects

Alexander G. Ruthven Museums Building Renovation and Addition

Additional Information

Information and Neighborhood Updates

February 10, 2017       Neighborhood Meeting

About the Project

The Alexander G. Ruthven Museums Building (Ruthven) was designed by notable architect Albert Kahn and constructed in 1928, with a small addition built in 1964. With the completion of the Biological Science Building expected in the summer of 2018, most of the occupants will relocate out of Ruthven.

The renovation and reuse of the 1928 building (approximately 150,000 gross square feet) will provide dry laboratory computational research and administrative space. The university’s central administration will relocate to the renovated facility and space will be provided to conduct both formal and informal meetings of the Board of Regents. The 1964 addition consisting of 34,000 gross square feet does not allow for large active learning style classrooms and will be demolished. In its place, a new addition of approximately 100,000 gross square feet will house active learning classrooms.


The project is currently in the programming and pre-design phase.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Jim Kosteva
Community Relations Director
Office of the Vice President for Government Relations