michigan state university agricultural building

Original Construction
1909, 1930s
Construction Cost
27,000 sf addition
96,400 sf existing
Completion Date

State Register of Historic Places

Agriculture Hall was built in 1909, and an addition, called the Annex, was constructed in the 1930s.  Together, the facility contains classroom, laboratory, office, common and support space.  Typical of many older university facilities, the 90-year-old building was under utilized. 

HopkinsBurns, as Architects Four, prepared a feasibility study to explore several options, including renovating and adding to the existing Annex or removing it and building a new addition in order to accommodate programming needs.  The study included an existing conditions analysis of the Annex and estimated costs for all schemes considered.

Working closely with MSU budget and space needs, the HopkinsBurns team designed a partial removal of the existing Annex, a new 27,000 sf office addition, and renovating office and classroom space in the original portion of the building.  

The renovated Annex provides an open commons area in keeping with its original function as a pavilion and serves to connect the historic structure with the addition.  Both the Annex and the addition were designed to complement and enhance the architecture of the original historic building while providing state-of-the-art technology and function.