McKenny Union Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once a beautiful Tudor Revival-Style facility with Art Deco detail at Eastern Michigan University. However, university officials recognized the building was showing its age. Therefore, they hired Granger Construction to facilitate a design-build approach that would allow them to achieve maximum restoration and renovation while staying well within their budget.

Scope of Work:

The was a Design-build GMP contract for historical renovation and exterior masonry restoration.

Interior work at McKenny Union Hall included:

  • Restoration of historic spaces
  • Re-assignment and renovation of newer space
  • Complete mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • Life safety and code compliance work

The project called for restoration and selective replacement of exterior brick, stone, flashing and lintels to eliminate water penetration and restore the building to its historic appearance. The team also repaired and replaced the roofing systems, including slate, shingle and EPDM, metal and stone copings.

The Result:

This project required close collaboration with University staff and end-users during design and construction. But resulted in early completion and final project costs that were under budget.

EMU’s staff was thrilled with the return to the architectural heritage they had not seen in years. These thoughtful, adaptive renovations made an older, less functional building an efficient and pleasant place for students and staff to learn and work.

Ypsilanti, Michigan

$5.6 million



November 2006

August 2007

Quinn Evans Architects