Breaking ground on U-M's first on-campus, off-grid building

By: 
Morgan Sherburne
Release Date: 
5/1/2018

DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

PLACE: Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor

EVENT: Straw bale building breaks ground

A class of University of Michigan design students will construct an off-the-grid building made of straw bales. Joseph Trumpey, associate professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and Program in the Environment, and 25 students in the U-M Green Building class, will begin some foundation work on Wednesday.

Trumpey estimates walls will start going up next week, and the building will be completed during May.

The building, situated next to the Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, will provide an informal meeting space for students and faculty. Last spring, Trumpey and his class built a similar straw bale building at the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan.

The project received funding from the Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund and several U-M departments and programs.

U-M Design/Build Instagram

Joseph Trumpey