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Cook Hall - building renovation

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • Built in 1889, Cook Hall was named for Albert J. Cook in 1969. Albert J. Cook was one of the leading economic entomologists in the United States and served as the first curator of the MSU Museum. He graduated from Michigan State College in 1862 and led the zoology and entomology programs pioneered by his mentor, Manly Miles.
  • Cook Hall is one of six buildings constructed between 1888 and 1909 and is part of what is referred to as "Laboratory Row" on the northeast section of West Circle Drive. Laboratory Row is on the State Register of Historical Sites, and the renovations to Cook Hall are part of the plan to restore these buildings over time to preserve the University's heritage.
  • The University completed exterior renovations to the building in 2010, but has not made significant updates to its interior and the building.
  • Also, the building is not accessible.
  • The renovations will improve the quality and functionality of office and support space for programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and make the building accessible.

Project scope

  • The purpose of this project is a comprehensive renewal of Cook Hall while preserving its historical character.
  • The work scope will be consistent with improvements previously completed at Eustace-Cole Hall, Marshall-Adams Hall, and Chittenden Hall.
  • The renovation will to include accessibility improvements to restrooms and installation of an elevator; restoration of ceilings, walls and woodwork, period lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and technological upgrades.
  • Exterior renovations were completed in 2010 and are not part of this project.


  • Construction start: April 12
  • Construction end: Dec. 6

Project budget

  • $4,800,000, including a $400,000 contingency.
  • The source of funds for the project is gifts, the general fund-reserve-barrier free access and infrastructure reserve and debt financing with debt repayment from gifts and the general fund.

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Construction Junction progress update

December 2018