• Rendering of the Student Union future facade

    A new face of campus

  • Group of students in the Student Fitness Center playing ping pong.

    A home for all Titans

  • Students celebrating at the Student Org Fair

    A community celebration


The McNichols Campus Renovation Project

Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus has been an anchor in northwest Detroit for almost 100 years. The McNichols Campus Renovation Project initiative will reposition our University for the future and serve as a model of efficiency and sustainability for peer institutions in U.S. cities. In December 2019, the University concluded its Build a Boundless Future Campaign. Supporters contributed nearly $115 million to this record-breaking campaign, which gives institutional leadership confidence that future fundraising efforts for the McNichols Campus Renovation Project will prove successful.

The project begins in Late 2020 with the renovation and expansion of the Student Union, followed by the eventual demolition of the Fisher Administration Center and Reno Hall. When the entire initiative is complete, nearly every building on the McNichols Campus will have been renovated or updated. Even more importantly, it will eliminate 100,000 square feet of building space and reduce Detroit Mercy’s deferred maintenance costs by more than $43 million.

Project Milestones

Groundbreaking Ceremony: Nov. 2020
Phase One Completion: July 2021

Snapshots of the McNichols Campus Renovation Project

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The renovations are the result of the University’s master plan, which is focused on improving student satisfaction with the campus, attracting and retaining more students and using University resources wisely.
The Student Union

The new Student Union offers a one-stop-shop for students and their families as they consider a Detroit Mercy education. Renovation plans place the facility, built in 1955 and expanded in 1970, at the center of student life on campus. Unused and obsolete square footage will become the new home for all student-centered services, from admissions to financial aid to student life offices. University Ministry offices will undergo expansion, with the bookstore moving to the newly renovated space in the building.

  • Ceiling-to-floor glass walls for natural illumination and excellent views of campus
  • Dynamic outdoor plaza for studying or gathering
  • Indoor refreshment station for students and staff alike
  • Social spaces designed specifically for students, from study pods to gaming areas

The Fisher Administration Center

The Fisher Administration Center

The 50,000-square-foot structure was officially dedicated in September 1966 and is one of the tallest buildings on campus, with views of northwest Detroit that extend blocks away. It houses most of Detroit Mercy's administrative departments. The University expects to relocate these services and departments to the renovated Student Union and other under-utilized space on campus. A future demolition date will be set once offices are relocated.

Reno Hall

Reno Hall Facade

Built in 1954 as a residence hall, Reno Hall is home to several academic programs, Detroit Mercy’s counseling and psychology clinics and the international student offices, which will all move to other spaces on campus as part of the initiative. A future demolition date will be set, and the building will be replaced with newly constructed student apartments designed for upperclassmen and graduate students, providing conveniences and benefits of campus life as they complete their Detroit Mercy degree.

Other Projects

Detroit Mercy Titans Men's lacrosse player dives to score a goal.

Detroit Mercy recently purchased vacant land abutting the south end of the McNichols Campus, behind Shiple Hall. Plans for this space include an intramural sports field for student competitions and potential gathering spaces where the University community can relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Benefits of the McNichols Campus Initiative

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Campus Aerial with graphic overlay of arrows and sustainable energy symbol


Funding the Investment

Whether it’s through complete renovations or updates to nearly every building on campus, your generous investment helps our students build their boundless future for years to come and shape an exceptional Detroit Mercy experience. Funding for this work will come from three sources: bonds, loans and private donations. To learn how you can contribute to the McNichols Renovation Project, please visit udmercy.edu/giving, call 313-993-1250 or toll free 888-836-4723. 

"The enhancements planned for the McNichols Campus will make the University even more attractive to high-achieving students who want a Jesuit- and Mercy-inspired education, as well as an opportunity to apply their learning to community needs in a city as culturally rich and diverse as Detroit.”
– Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., President

Contact the Project Team

Although we try to anticipate as much as possible, we understand questions about the plans will arise. We want to keep the conversation open during the renovation process. Please use the form below to contact the McNichols Campus Renovation Project team.