Pioneering computing and design converge at University of Michigan’s Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building

Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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. 

Common areas like the main stairs at the Grove entrance provide opportunities for spontaneous connection and collaboration.
Maker spaces provide invaluable flexibility as teaching needs evolve.
A large lecture room can accommodate up to 200 students or be rearranged for smaller, more focused learning sessions
Natural light streams through bright study spaces, offering North Campus views.

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. 

Stepping up 30 feet from the Grove, walking paths unfold through a verdant landscape.

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

Project Team

Principal Collaborators

  • Architect of Record: IDS
  • MEP: IDS
  • Structural Engineer: SDI

Project Information

  • 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