U of M Observatory Lodge

Owner: University of Michigan

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Architect Partner: Einhorn, Yafee & Prescott, NY

Project Specifics: The project necessitated the complete interior reconstruction and exterior restoration of the Observatory Lodge for the Department of Kinesiology.

Challenges: The key challenge was to maintain historical accuracy upon completion of a major structural demolition and structural reinforcement. To perfectly reproduce the original interior paintwork, Shmina hired a special consultant, who matched the pigments of each color. The project also called for the restoration and/or replication of plasterwork, leaded glass and woodwork. On the building’s exterior, the elaborate brickwork was meticulously cleaned and restored to its original state. The attention to detail was such that a mortar analysis was performed to determine the makeup and consistency of the ingredients. The result was a perfect match in color, consistency and texture.

Cost: $9,000,000

“I was impressed with the Shmina team’s attitude and their problem solving abilities. The icing on the cake was a fully coordinated project and the impressive quality of the craftsmanship.” Richard S. Gruft

Principal and Project Director, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering, P.C.

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