Originally the home of the Ford Nuclear Reactor, the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory underwent a massive renovation, completed in 2013, and became the home of the University of Michigan Energy Institute. The building boasts 10,000 square feet of reconfigurable research space; as the needs of researchers evolve, the space is designed to evolve with it. The first floor of the building houses Memorial Phoenix Project labs dedicated to nuclear research. The second floor houses a battery characterization facility and user space, and the third floor is the home of the Energy Institute.
The LEED- gold certified building features smart lighting, with an emphasis on making use of natural light. The building is made with over 20% recycled materials; the use of regionally available materials and low-emissions building finishings was also emphasized.
Learn more about the building’s history and the research legacy of the Phoenix Memorial Project.