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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 70,000 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.

Pursuing LEED Silver certification, the 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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With guidance from … HED we … pursued several forward-looking design features in this expansion including innovative cross-disciplinary and collaborative spaces, putting science on display and showcasing STEM education as a means to recruit talented students and faculty, building a sense of community for our largely commuter students, and ensuring space to engage with our broader community.””
Susan Gano-Phillips
Dean | College of Arts & Sciences
University of Michigan-Flint
Project Data
Murchie Science Building 2015-01008-001
University of Michigan, Flint
Flint, MI
PROJECT SCOPE
Addition
HED ROLE
Architecture (Full Service), Structural Engineering, Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Technology Solutions, Landscape Architecture, Lab Planning
RSF/GSF
70,115
CONSTRUCTION COST
$29.5 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Silver
Project Team
  • Christopher Vogelheim
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Charles Jacobs
    ASLA, PMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Project Management Leader
  • Jack Bullo
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture
  • Brian Fiander
    PE, LEED AP BD+C, MBA
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering
  • Bradley Rohloff
    PE, LEED AP
    Associate
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Megan Crawford
    PE
    Associate
    Structural Engineering
  • Mark Hieber
    ASLA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Landscape Architecture
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Creating a four-year college experience in a single building.
Murchie Science Building, University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, MI
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Four years in four stories.