Michigan State University – Butterfield Hall

Project Details


Michigan State University


East Lansing, MI


200,000 square feet; 431 residents





Butterfield Hall, first opened in 1953, is home to 431 student residents and is one of six residence halls in the Brody Neighborhood on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan.   ProgressiveAE was the Architect for a twelve million dollar renovation completed in 2014.


To enhance campus life, improve learning outcomes, and create desirable places for upperclassmen to live on campus. To express the brand attributes of the Spartan experience, celebrate the heritage of Michigan State as the premier land grant university, and reflect the regional character and qualities found in Michigan. To improve life safety, accessibility, and upgrade all mechanical and electrical systems.


Enhanced and updated student rooms and common areas including additional space for group study and gathering. Created a meditation space with reflective glass tiles, seating, and integrated foot wash area. Reconfigured and updated the community bathrooms, enhanced building entrances, developed outdoor space for student gathering, converted nine existing balconies into new single-resident rooms, created an open community reception desk, and added kitchenettes to each floor. Updated finishes throughout including carpet, lighting, paint, heating and air conditioning, windows, blinds and furnishings. Implemented major mechanical, electrical and ventilation upgrades and replacements. Improved life-safety systems including ADA barrier free modifications and asbestos abatement.