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Eastern Michigan University Strong Hall Renovation and Addition

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  • Ypsilanti, Michigan

    Ypsilanti, Michigan

Light, interaction, amenities, and identity were core in Eastern Michigan University’s vision for the re-imagined Strong Hall.

Eastern Michigan University’s Strong Hall renovation and expansion project was a much-needed modernization of the third most-trafficked academic building on the campus. Built in 1957, Strong Hall lacked the 21st-century accommodations today’s students are accustomed to: social space, flexible learning environments, natural lighting and modern infrastructure. These lacking attributes became resounding objectives in planning and visioning for the building’s transformation.

Strong Hall’s renovation completes the third and final phase of a broad effort to educate students in science-related disciplines. One major goal in its renovation was creating a better connection to the adjacent Mark Jefferson Science Building both visually and programmatically. For the interior, this involved expanding a narrow, dark stairway—the sole connection between the two buildings—making it grander, brighter, and better able to foster interaction.

Corridors and other nonprogrammed spaces were reimagined and now serve as much-needed social space to bring students together and develop a sense of community. 

At a Glance

AIA Detroit, Honor Award in Sustainable Design, 2019

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