Regents approve programming work for Life Sciences Institute building

July 15, 1999

Regents take first step on Life Sciences Institute building

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan Regents, at their July 15 meeting, authorized the University to proceed with the programming of the Life Sciences Institute building and the design of the Palmer Drive parking structure.

“As we begin the programming phase, we would like to utilize the services of the design firm that will have responsibility for the design of the Institute building,” said Robert Kasdin, U-M executive vice president. “We recommend at this time commissioning the firms of SHG Incorporated and Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc. (VSBA) to design the Institute building. We propose SHG as the architect of record, and VSBA to lead the design of the building.

“Further, we recommend appointing VSBA as the design firm for the parking structure, working in conjunction with Desman Associates, a Chicago-based parking consultant. The parking structure design will allow the construction of a building above the structure should a need arise and funding be available.

“We expect to formulate a more specific definition of scope for the projects through the programming effort and further site studies. We plan to return to the Regents in the fall with preliminary estimates, and a fuller description of each project.”

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