U-M School of Nursing

U-M School of Nursing


The old nursing school, constructed in the early 20th century, faces functional challenges compared to their newer 2015 building. To bring its infrastructure up to current university standards, PLY+ undertook a conceptual design project to support the School of Nursing in defining the project scope and design concept. Originally, the plan aimed to renovate all four floors of the south wing. However, after careful cost analysis, the focus shifted to the main floor, with phased future development in mind. The building’s ample existing exits allowed for potential occupancy expansion, creating opportunities to transform small classrooms and administrative offices into larger gathering spaces.

The final scheme consolidates underutilized classrooms and offices into a student commons and lecture hall. Additional amenities, such as a staff kitchen, breakroom, gender-neutral bathrooms, and reflection room, were also integrated into the new plan. Focused design interventions ensure an integrated and economic interior approach. The ceiling layout of the commons space and built-in elements not only accommodate additional building systems but also meet the programmatic needs of the new spaces while refining existing degraded finishes.

Project Details

Project Location | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Status | Anticipated completion, 2025
Principals in Charge | Craig Borum, FAIA, Jen Maigret, AIA
PLY+ Project Team | Andrew Wolking, Yibo Jiao
Architect of Record | TMP Architecture