Building for the Future


ISR addition is latest U-M project to achieve LEED Gold Certification

LEED, or Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Read more.

Celebrating ISR’s New Wing

ISR celebrated the opening of the newest wing of our Thompson Street building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the elegant and spacious atrium on June 27, 2014. The event featured remarks by University of Michigan President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman and Lawrence Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health. It also included tours of the bio-specimen laboratory and other features of the new addition that will enhance our ability to reimagine social science in the public interest. Learn more about these features in the Fall 2014 issue of the ISR Sampler (page 9).

To see photos of the grand opening and the new addition—as well as the construction that preceded it—watch the audio slideshow below. For a live shot of our new green roof, check out this live action cam.


After months of planning, construction on ISR’s five-level, 56,700-square-foot Thompson Street building addition began in September 2012.

Ann Arbor photographer Philip Dattilo, whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune, documented this project from the start. A few of Dattilo’s striking images are shown below. See more on ISR’s Facebook page.

ISR-Thompson construction photos by Philip Dattilo

ISR Space Timeline

The new addition to ISR’s Thompson Street building is a major step forward for the Institute. But out-growing our physical space is nothing new. Read about our many expansions and re-locations, and the important research programs initiated at each stage of our growth in an interactive timeline about ISR in space over time.

U-M Regents approve Institute for Social Research (ISR) addition

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved moving forward with construction of a $29 million addition to the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at its July meeting.  The five-level addition, which will be located on the Division Street side of ISR’s Thompson Street building, will add approximately 56,700 square feet to the existing ISR-Thompson building. Read more.

Building for the Future

In 1965, after years of wandering from one temporary location to another, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) opened the doors of its new building on Thompson Street with celebration and a collective sigh of relief. Three years later, the Institute had outgrown the space. Read more.