Building Blue: Alumni Center Renovation Project

The year was 1982: that fall, an in-state LSA freshman paid $988 in tuition, and Bo Schembechler coached the Wolverines to a Big Ten championship. And at the corner of East Washington and Fletcher streets, the Alumni Association dedicated its new Alumni Center, designed by famed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

Now, 37 years later, the building is closed for a major renovation. Its chimneys, bay windows, high peaks, and gables will remain. But when it reopens in 2020, the interior will be transformed into a building for the 21st century.

The new space will provide an immersive and engaging destination for alumni to reconnect and interact with fellow alums and students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get blue books?

Blue books will be distributed at the following Campus Information Centers (starting date TBD):

Central Campus
First Floor, Michigan League
911 North University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308

North Campus
Lobby, Pierpont Commons
2101 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2090

What’s happening with Welcome Wednesdays?

We are hoping to host Welcome Wednesdays at least twice monthly starting in September 2019 — once on Central Campus (location is TBD) and once on North Campus (in the connector between the Duderstadt Center and Pierpont Commons). We will also host pop-up events at various locations and times throughout the fall and winter semesters. Dates, times, and locations will be posted here and on the Welcome Wednesdays page, so check back for updates.

What’s happening with Alumni Relations Council (ARC) events?

The ARC meeting on June 20, 2019, will be held at the Michigan League. Future meetings will be held at other locations around campus. Check back here for dates and locations.

Who can I talk to about the LEAD Scholars Program?

For questions about the LEAD Scholars program, please contact Phyllis Taylor at phtaylor@umich.edu or 734.764.2316.

How do I meet with/reach someone from the Alumni Association?

To reach someone at the Alumni Association during the renovation:

When will the renovation be finished?

The Alumni Center will reopen in fall 2020.

I’d like to talk to someone in person about starting, renewing, or paying for my membership. What should I do?

Please call Alumni Relations at 800.847.4764 or visit umalumni.com/join.

Estimated Project Timeline

  • Staff leaves building: May 2019
  • Construction starts: June 2019
  • Estimated return: August 2020
  • Official reopening: Fall 2020

Additional information regarding events and updates on the renovation will be added to this page throughout the renovation project.

Questions and comments can be directed to project lead Kirk Lutz at kalutz@umich.edu or Vice President & CFO Angila Chapman at simpsona@umich.edu.

To reach someone at the Alumni Association during the renovation, call 800.847.4764 or email alumni@umich.edu. For scheduled appointments with Alumni Association staff, visit 555 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

We look forward to sharing the new Alumni Center with all of you in fall 2020!