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New Robotics Building Named


The Regents recently announced the name of the new robotics building. Now known as the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, the approved schematic designs for the facility include space for Ford Motor Company engineers through a lease agreement. The regents also named ECE’s Professor Jessy Grizzle the Director of Robotics. A news release and series of videos about robotics at Michigan led to coverage in the Detroit News and 3,200+ people being driven to our website.

The design effort for the robotics building continues at a good pace.  The Design Development documents will be completed by the end of April.  After a two week review period the project will move into the Construction Document phase with plans to go to the October Regent’s meeting for approval to bid and award.  Construction should start soon after the approval and a completion date is aimed for December 2019.


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The four-story, 140,000 square-foot robotics facility slated for the University of Michigan’s North Campus will be named the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building.

This is in recognition of a $15 million gift from the company to the College of Engineering. Ford has also previously agreed to establish an on-campus research laboratory on the fourth floor of the new building.

The U-M Board of Regents approved the naming today. They approved the lease for the fourth floor laboratory in September.

The funding will go toward construction and acceleration of the $75 million project to a completion date of late 2019, rather than winter 2020.

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