MUG Renovation

  • Client: University of Michigan
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Project Duration: 3 months
  • Project Contract Value: $350,000 (USD)
  • Size: 4,000 SF
  • Project Man Hours: 5,000+
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Communication and schedule keys to successful completion.

In May 2013, the University of Michigan began the process of updating the Michigan Union Grill (MUG), inside the Union building, to create a space that would better meet the dining needs of the Ann Arbor campus. The University wanted to ensure that the space, which was originally opened in 1917, was given a fresh, updated look while still respecting the traditional college character present throughout many of the campus buildings. CCC was selected as the general contractor for the three-month, fast-track renovation project.

Portions of the space remained open to students and staff during the renovation making communication and schedule management the keys to a successful completion. CCC kept the number of subcontractors to a minimum in order to help improve timelines and also self-performed all the millwork, installation of the custom cabinetry, structural steel modifications, and concrete. CCC’s ability to self-perform much of the project saved the University both time and money by reducing the number of companies that had to be involved in meetings, communications, etc.

When the renovation was completed, the MUG had new tile floors, new dry stack stone columns, new barrel vaulted ceilings with high efficiency LED lighting that increased lighting levels, and new tables and chairs in the seating areas. The historic wood paneling on the walls was preserved and enhanced by the updated materials surrounding it. All of these changes led to a more open and welcoming feel to the MUG.