Major Projects

Detroit Observatory Classroom and Accessibility Addition

The Detroit Observatory is a historic resource for the university and surrounding community, but it lacks accessibility, classrooms, restrooms, and support spaces that would allow it to be a destination linking the university’s history of scientific study to the present and beyond. This project will construct an addition of approximately 7 ,000 gross square feet to the Detroit Observatory that will provide a flexible multi-use classroom, a new entry and reception area, restrooms, storage, and catering and support spaces. Additional improvements include a new elevator and stair as well as site work to allow for improved accessibility and greater connectivity. The project includes significant earthwork and specialized footings and foundations to protect the historic building and support the partially below-grade addition and landscape above. Only a minor renovation of the existing building to accommodate the addition is planned.


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