Michigan State University Brody Hall

East Lansing, MI

East Lansing



Revolutionizing the College Dining Experience

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Project Details

Michigan State University
130,000 square feet - Largest university dining facility in the U.S.
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The project provides an eco-friendly and dynamic environment promoting student health and learning.

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In 2011, Progressive Companies carried out a comprehensive renovation of Brody Hall, a central facility for academics, student life, and food services serving over 2,400 students at Michigan State University.  

The first floor now includes a sizable auditorium, four classrooms, a computer lab, and offices for faculty, student services, facilities, and housing staff. Student life spaces are peppered throughout the building, including multiple-sized study rooms and interactive lounge spaces. Dining options are available on both floors, with a café and convenience store on the first floor and a complete overhaul of the existing military-style dining experience on the second floor.  

Progressive worked alongside the University's leaders to improve life safety systems, modernize the plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, and install fire suppression and air conditioning. The team carried out these upgrades in stages to ensure student services were not disrupted, and everything was designed to comply with energy efficiency standards as part of the University's ongoing carbon footprint reduction initiative. With a strong emphasis on sustainable design practices, such as utilizing rainwater for toilets, implementing green roof systems, adding sunscreens to balconies, and increasing natural light throughout the building, this project provides an eco-friendly and dynamic environment that promotes student health and learning.