UM Regents OK Expanded ISR Building

An expanded building project for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research was approved by UM regents at their July 19, 2012 meeting. The change includes increasing the project’s budget from $23 million to $29 million, and expanding the addition on the side of the ISR building to five stories covering 56,700 square feet.  The original project, approved by regents in April 2010, called for a four-story addition of about 44,700 square feet.

The addition is adjacent to the existing ISR building at 426 Thompson St. – 7,200 square feet of that existing building will be renovated as part of the project. The expansion will be paid for in part by federal stimulus funds via a grant from the National Institutes of Health. According to a staff memo, it will allow the institute to house its research programs under one roof and accommodate continued growth, including an increase in federally funded initiatives.

This report was filed from the Michigan Union’s Rogel ballroom, where the board held its July meeting.