It’s Official: Michigan Ross’ New Building Is Open, and It’s Stunning


Michigan Ross this week officially cuts the ribbon on 179,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art classrooms, student collaboration and study spaces, offices, and a redesigned digital library.

It was 27 months in the making, but when the new Jeff T. Blau Hall and renovated Kresge Hall are officially inaugurated this week, they will provide more than just space for Michigan Ross’ increasing student population. The buildings are an architectural achievement of form, function, and sustainability, and will be a stunning new addition to the University of Michigan and Ross campus.

Designed to enhance collaboration between faculty and students in the digital age, Blau Hall features:

9 new classrooms

Including a “Classroom of the Future,” which features a high-definition digital infrastructure and flexible space designed to facilitate team-based action learning, where class time is used to work on projects addressing real business challenges.

Two workshop or “maker” spaces

Featuring movable furniture and whiteboards to encourage brainstorming and collaboration.

A “Center for Centers”

Where most of the school’s world-leading centers and institutes — focused on specific subjects like leadership, sustainability, social impact, and more  — can share and work together to create student experiences and support faculty research.

A completely redesigned Kresge Library Services

Transitioning from a collection of physical reference materials to a full suite of information resources and research services, guided by expert staff.

The building is also candidate for LEED sustainability certification

The new Blau Hall and renovated Kresge Hall were constructed with respect for the environment and will operate in a sustainable way. The complex will be 30% more energy efficient than required by code, will use 41 percent less water than the minimum required, and was built using an estimated 75% of the waste from the demolished building previously in its place.

Check out more pictures of the new and renovated buildings below, and attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Blau Hall, and other exciting events during Reunion Weekend 2016.

Read more about Blau Hall and the Alumni who helped make it possible


Read more about our sustainable campus

  • Effective use of task lighting and high-efficiency light fixtures to further reduce electrical use.
  • Occupancy sensors turn off lights and limit heating/cooling in unoccupied spaces.
  • “Frit” (ceramic particle) glass walls and interior shades make full use of daylight while controlling glare and limiting summer heat.
  • Low-VOC flooring, adhesives, and sealants.
  • Use of recycled, renewable, and/or regional building materials when possible.
  • Innovative heating/cooling strategies such as chilled beams in the Kresge Building. 
  • Heat recovery wheel system that reduces heating and cooling energy for ventilation.
  • New stormwater retention basins underneath Monroe Mall (the walkway on the north side of the Ross complex) and the interior courtyard.
  • Renewal of the Kresge Building’s green roof—a flat roof planted with vegetation that absorbs rainwater, creates natural insulation, and provides wildlife habitat.
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