Real estate developer A. Alfred Taubman has committed $12.5 million to the University of Michigan to help fund a sweeping renovation project that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, one of the nation's leading programs on the built environment.
Taubman's gift follows his $30-million donation 15 years ago to U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning—the single largest gift ever to an architecture program in America. From that gift, $5 million was earmarked for future renovations of the architecture and urban planning facilities. With this latest gift, Taubman's lifetime giving to the university now totals $154.7 million, including gifts for medical research, health care and the arts.
"If anyone understands the importance and value of a well-designed space it is Alfred Taubman," said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. "This latest gift demonstrates his unparalleled commitment to the success of University of Michigan students and faculty as they pursue their studies and scholarship."
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