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Murchie Science Building, University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, MI
Murchie Science Building
Four years in four stories.
Creating a four-year college experience in a single building.
Connecting nontraditional students to campus.
In the last decade the number of UM-Flint students majoring in STEM disciplines increased by 58%—all housed in a single facility, the Murchie Science Building (MSB). To accommodate continued enrollment growth in STEM, MSB is expanding, with an addition that adds 60,000 sf of new, active and team-based learning spaces.

UM-Flint turned to HED to design an addition to extend and enhance the existing MSB. The new structure would not only need to create new classrooms and laboratories, but also meet the unique needs of UM-Flint’s nontraditional student population, providing majority-commuter students with a strong connection to the campus and cultivating a sense of community. In response, the proposed design seeks to encapsulate a traditional four-year campus experience within a single building.

The proposed four-story addition will add learning spaces, including a high bay lab for vibration and automotive experiments; wet labs for bioscience and chemistry; and engineering labs. Large, general purpose classrooms are consolidated in a single, universal 3rd-floor space, preventing siloes, promoting synergies and encouraging cross-disciplinary study.

The completion of the Murchie Science Building Addition will enable UM-Flint to continue delivering the highest-quality education to students pursuing degrees in STEM , and will ensure that every student—whether traditional or non-traditional—experiences the university’s on-campus community.
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This addition will provide new state-of-the-art architecture and interactive learning spaces essential to our high-quality programs and ensure that UM-Flint facilities remain on the cutting-edge in the fields of STEM.” ”
Mike Hague
Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance
University of Michigan-Flint
Project Data
Murchie Science Building 2015-01008-001
University of Michigan
Flint, MI
PROJECT SCOPE
Addition
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
61,345
CONSTRUCTION COST
$29.5 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2020 (estimated)
Project Team
  • Christopher Vogelheim
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Charles Jacobs
    ASLA, PMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
Creating a four-year college experience in a single building.
Murchie Science Building, University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, MI
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Four years in four stories.
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