Driving on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor — through the eastern edge of the University of Michigan campus — visitors come upon a breathtaking facility that serves as the southern gateway to the University of Michigan medical campus.
Dedicated in 2006, the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) is an example of the Medical School’s commitment to world-class facilities for our faculty and staff. With a glass façade stretching from the ground to the top floor, it is an impressive structure that also is distinctive in its layout — with laboratories separated from office and collaborative spaces by a soaring atrium.
Just past the BSRB is a large green space leading to the front steps of the sprawling Medical School, with its of mix of laboratories, classrooms and other educational spaces dedicated to our students. Site of the former Kresge Complex, this open space reflects the ever-changing landscape of the U-M Medical School.
When the University of Michigan acquired the North Campus Research Complex in 2009, it brought on-line more than just a new group of buildings dedicated to biomedical research. It also nearly doubled the Medical School’s facilities to 80 buildings and more than 4.6 million square feet dedicated to fulfilling the education and research arms of our mission.
Combined with the neighboring facilities of the U-M Health System — including the University Hospital, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital — Michigan is home to one of the largest academic medical complexes in the world.
To remain competitive in the world of 21st-century education, we also are committed to keeping our facilities state-of-the-art. In July 2015, we completed a $55 million renovation of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library, a project that transformed the facility from a traditional book repository to a natural light-filled education hub that supports in-person, collaborative, active learning.