Munger Graduate Residences
State: Michigan Completed: 2015
When the University of Michigan (UM) and its general contractor, Walbridge, wanted to build a new residence for UM’s graduate students, they reached out to Kerkstra for help.
These high rise dormitories were truly a design build project on an extremely fast track schedule. In order to accomplish the task, the design team met weekly in day long meetings at the architect’s offices starting in August of 2013. The team consisted of representatives from the University of Michigan, the general contractor (Walbridge), the architect (Integrated Design), the engineer (SDI) and Kerkstra. Numerous hours and days were spent interacting to determine each other’s needs and then how to satisfy them with the most economical, efficient and quality construction methodology possible.
The exterior facade consists of hand set brick and limestone attached to an exterior precast load bearing wall system that had punched window openings cast into the panels. The apartments were 6 bedroom units each with a private bath. For durability and cost effectiveness the walls of each bedroom had exposed precast that was painted direct. Each apartment has a large common area along the exterior wall that is serviced by granite topped kitchen counters with 2 of each of the necessary kitchen appliances. Ceiling throughout each apartment are exposed hollowcore plank that were caulked and painted direct.
“Thanks to your team…it took an integrated, well-coordinated team effort to achieve such extraordinary results!”
Deanna Mabry, Associate Director of Design and Planning for the University of Michigan
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