Building Blue: Alumni Center Renovation Project

Building Blue: A new home for the Leaders and Best

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

Estimated Project Timeline

  • Staff leaves building: May 2019
  • Construction starts: June 2019
  • Construction end (tentative): October 2020
  • Official reopening: The date the Alumni Center will reopen to the public is to be determined based on public health and safety recommendations due to COVID-19.

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 Vice President & CFO Angila Chapman at

To reach someone at the Alumni Association during the renovation, call 800.847.4764 or email

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