Uniting two schools under one roof, the Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building offers a flexible, collaborative space for the University of Michigan’s new home for the School of Information and the Computer Science and Engineering Division. The design aims to enrich academic culture, providing a dynamic hub for advancements in computer science and informatics while spearheading the university’s carbon neutrality efforts.
Engaging university stakeholders to unearth a bespoke and high-impact design
The design team partnered with university stakeholders to help successfully integrate their needs and aspirations into the new facility. The resulting design provides a mix of teaching, research and support spaces, including areas for interactive learning, collaborative classrooms, flexible dry and wet research laboratories, maker spaces, student services, faculty and staff offices along with conference spaces, complete with natural light and views of North Campus.
Uniting multiple disciplines to advance innovation
Shared spaces and resources provide areas for social and academic interactions, enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and flexibility for these ever-evolving fields. Maker spaces will empower students to apply their acquired skills in innovative and meaningful ways. Public gathering areas cultivate a sense of community and synergy, and act as platforms to showcase ongoing research, highlighting the school’s intellectual vibrancy.
An all-electric design to accelerate progress toward carbon neutrality
Sustainable features include greenspace created on site by partial planted roofs within its footprint as well as rainwater management strategies to mitigate impact on city systems. A geo-exchange facility adjacent to the Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building is planned to supply the building’s heating and some of its cooling. The building will be all electric, and the first large-scale university building to not rely on natural gas for heating, propelling the University of Michigan forward toward its goal of university-wide carbon neutrality.
More About the Project
- Architect of Record: IDS
- MEP: IDS
- Structural Engineer: SDI
- Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
- Client: University of Michigan
- Size: 164,000 sq. ft. / 32,800 sq. m.
- Completion: 2025 expected
- Certifications: LEED Gold objective
- Firm Role: Design Architect