University of Michigan
Hill Auditorium 2004
Client:University of Michigan
Project Category:Renovation and Restoration
Architect:Quinn Evans
Arch. of Record:Albert Kahn + Assoc
Completion Year:2004
Location:Ann Arbor, Michigan
Acoustician:Kirkegaard & Associates
Capacity:3,538 seats
Designed by Albert Kahn and completed in 1913, Hill Auditorium is a masterpiece of Classic Revival architecture. Transforming an historic gem into a modern performance venue and retaining its original character, the team restored significant architectural details and features, replaced seating to increase patron comfort and accessibility, upgraded building systems to meet code compliance  and replaced the building's mechanical and electrical systems.

The principal challenge was to preserve and restore the building while introducing new stage lighting and rigging systems. In addition to our involvement in performance lighting, rigging, stage and support areas, FDA helped to reconfigure the room for comfort and accessibility for disabled patrons, insuring numerous opportunities for seating throughout the room, regardless of mobility or ADA issues.

The project received an Honor Awards for Outstanding Architecture from the  American Institute of Architects (AIA).