Building Facilities and Amenities

“The School of Public Health sits on the main University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, within a stone's throw of the student residence halls and within a block of the University's health system and U-M's other life sciences facilities. This greatly facilitates interdisciplinary research and study.... The common areas of the SPH complex provide a 'crossroads' that catalyzes planned and unexpected interactions of all kinds.”
– Martin Philbert, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Crossroads & Tower

The beautiful, state-of-the-art U-M SPH Crossroads and "Tower" houses more than 8,000 square feet of classroom space, 17 conference rooms, and 133 laboratory benches. It features numerous common spaces designed to facilitate collaboration in interdisciplinary centers and with the school's wide array of community and academic partners.

The seven-story, 125,000-square-foot facility integrates with two other SPH buildings, creating a self-contained complex that houses the school's varied research, teaching, and service programs.

Both a literal and metaphorical crossroads, the U-M SPH building stands just a short campus walk from U-M's schools of medicine, business, public policy, law, nursing, natural resources, and social work.

The innovative design and cutting-edge technology of the new and renovated SPH facilities better enable faculty and students to address top public health priorities, including new genetic technologies, the financing of health care, the globalization of health, public health preparedness, and the prevention and treatment of infectious disease.

Community Room

The Community Room is a centerpiece for public meetings and mid-size to large gatherings at the School. Tables and chairs can be rearranged to host various kinds of gatherings, and there is a large, ceiling-mounted projection screen and projector for presentations. A catering kitchen is connected to the room for special events. The Community Room is also home to the James Walgreen Létourneau organ, which is used for recitals and special events. 

Building Hours

Visitors to U-M SPH are welcome any time Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and for special events. The building is reserved for use by SPH students, faculty, and staff after 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends. To facilitate U-M SPH students' collaborative study and research, and to ensure the security of the building, visitors without an official U-M SPH I.D. card during non-business hours will be asked to leave the building.

Students have access to the SPH buildings from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (You need an authorized MCard for entry after 5:30 p.m.)

Rooms Info:

The first digit of any room number indicates the floor on which that room is located. The second digit indicates the hallway in which the room is located:

Rooms in SPH I have second digits of 6 through 8:

  • 6 is the Crossroads Tower and SPH I atrium area
  • 7 is the west hallway bordering Observatory Street.
  • 8 is the north wing, which includes the dean’s suite on the first floor.

Rooms in SPH II have second digits of 0 through 5:

  • 0 is the north side, bordering Washington Heights.
  • 1 is the south side, nearest the cemetery parking lot.
  • 2 is the west side, nearest the Kinesiology building.
  • 3 and 4 are internal, north-south hallways (some SPH II floors do not have internal hallways)
  • 5 is the east side, nearest the Markley parking lot.

Additional information:

Academic Department Locations

Each of the six academic departments is housed within the SPH buildings. While some offices are located throughout the buildings, the departments are headquartered as follows:

In addition to the departments, the school houses 34 research centers that focus on key issues in public health, both nationally and globally, such as chronic disease, healthy environments, genetics and genomics, childhood obesity, kidney disease, sexuality, leadership, healthcare policy, and more.

Other key offices:

JavaBlu Café @ SPH

Provides fresh and locally supplied food and beverages on the first floor of the Crossroads Tower in SPH-I. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Highlights:

  • Grab-and-go and custom-order sandwiches
  • Fresh salads
  • Two fresh soups daily
  • Fresh pastries
  • Chobani yogurt bar with fruits, nuts, seeds and other toppings
  • Fair-trade coffees and teas (bring your own travel mug for a discount!)
  • Pre-packaged snacks, granola bars, and treats
  • Accepts credit / debit, cash and Blue Bucks 
  • Catering is also available 

More infoMichigan Dining catering service, or contact Café Manager Jody Brodie directly: brodes@umich.edu, 734-647-3179.

Gender Neutral Restrooms

There are four gender neutral restrooms availabe in SPH buildings:

  • M3237 SPH II
  • B857T SPH I
  • G827T SPH I
  • G829T SPH I

Quiet Room

SPH has a quiet room, M1157 SPH II, available for test taking (proctored exams), students registered with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) who need accommodations, or those needing a private space for a phone/Skype interview. The room hosts: a large computer screen, voice recognition software, camera, headsets, and a landline. Priority will be given to SSD approved accommodation requests, test takers, interviews, and, if available, those with other needs. To reserve a time, please fill out the information requested on the SPH Quiet Room Reservation Form. Contact the Office for Student Engagement and Practice (OSEP) at 764-5425 or sph.quietroom@umich.edu with any questions.

Reflection Room

M2025 SPH II is available for anyone who wants a quiet place to meditate/pray.

Lactation Rooms

Room 2759 in SPH I and room 6023 in SPH II are private rooms for lactating mothers. Access is available to SPH students, staff, and faculty. Visitors may be granted access by special request.

Lactating mothers should contact Debbie Struhar (dstruhar@umich.edu) for room access instructions.

Student Lounges and Collaborative Spaces

Lounges for private study, relaxation and quiet small group interaction are available in various parts of the building. Room 1627 is designated as a student area except when reserved for events. There are small-group alcoves and a large digital signboard that can be used for collaborative work by plugging in a computer.

The Crossroads lounge adjacent to room 2610 is another student study, relaxation, and collaboration area with a plug-and-play digital signboard.

The JavaBlu Café is a popular gathering spot for relaxation, conversation and collaboration.

Floors 3-7 in the Tower each have a public lounge area on the north end of the floor. Microwaves and refrigerators are available for staff, faculty, and student use. Please do your part to keep common areas clean.

Taubman Health Sciences Library

The newly renovated Taubman Health Sciences Library serves the University of Michigan Medical School, Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and the University of Michigan Health System.
Hours and additional information are available on the library's website.  Public Health research guides are also available online.  *Effective Fall 2018, THSL will no longer display a meeting schedule outside of their rooms.  Instead they will display a QR Code that will take students to their online room schedules.

734-764-1210 (p)
SPHLibraryHelp@umich.edu
1135 E. Catherine St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Facility Questions

The facilities team keeps the building clean, safe, and functional.

The two main entrances on Washington Heights and the two entrances on either side of the SPH I courtyard are unlocked during business hours (7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M-F), but remain locked at all other times. Employees have 24/7 building access through the use of their MCard. Other entrances remain locked at all times, though some may be used to exit the building at any time. Specified exits are for emergencies only, and will trigger an alarm if opened. These doors are clearly marked.

You can help us maintain the security of the building, and your own belongings, by keeping interior doors locked when offices or workspaces are vacant, and by not propping doors or windows open. We encourage you to wear your U-M ID card on a lanyard at all times (lanyards are available at no charge in room 1780). After business hours, the building is reserved for the use of SPH faculty, staff, and students only, and wearing of U-M ID cards is required. 

  • Jim Kennedy, Facilities Manager, 734-936-6803, jimmiek@umich.edu
  • Debbie Struhar, Facilities Support, dstruhar@umich.edu

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