University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment Ann Arbor, Michigan


The renovation of the Samuel Trask Dana Building offers an ecologically intelligent response that signals the SNRE’s approach to the challenges of the 21st Century while addressing the needs of a growing world-class science education and research department. Built in 1903 as a wing of the medical school, the classical stone and brick structure has long held a position of prominence at the University of Michigan, both architecturally – located as it is on the campus’s central quadrangle – and academically, as the home of the University’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Working with Quinn | Evans Architects and Arup, our firm directed the reprogramming of the entire expanded facility, which includes numerous laboratory and technology spaces, and outlined an environmentally and fiscally responsible historic renovation.


Offices and amenities


84,000 square feet total (64,000 square feet renovation, 16,000 square feet addition)


Completed September 2001, LEED Gold


William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect;
Quinn-Evans Architects, Architect of Record;
Arup, Structural Engineers


AIA Michigan Honor Award, 2007
AIA Maryland Merit Award, 2005