U-M opens new doors in campus living

August 22, 2008

ANN ARBOR—After two years of construction activity, and still humming with final preparations, the new Hill Dining Center and the completely renewed Mosher-Jordan Hall stand ready to welcome University of Michigan students this month.

The two projects are major accomplishments in the University’s Residential Life Initiatives to revitalize and expand students’ living experience on campus and to strengthen the connection between living and learning at Michigan.

“The opening of these buildings advances the great expectations we have for enhancing the residential experience of Michigan students,” said E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs. “Our mission is to support the whole development of students — physically, socially and intellectually. In these surroundings we have created comfortable, welcoming environments where living and learning are constantly engaged.”

Mosher-Jordan, which opened in 1930 as the University’s first large residence hall for women, has been completely upgraded to include air-conditioning, wired and wireless high-speed network access, new fire detection and suppression systems, renovated bath facilities, new elevators, improvements to enable greater accessibility, and new plumbing, heating and ventilation. Student rooms are completely reappointed with new modular furniture that can be set up in various arrangements, for flexible use of space.

The gracious traditional architectural style and details have been preserved, including wood paneling, plaster mouldings, stained-glass windows, period lighting fixtures and wrought-iron railings. The new carpet, flooring and tiles throughout reflect the original d