Facilities and Operations has primary responsibility for the stewardship of the university's physical properties, including 37 million square feet of building space. We are responsible for sophisticated and complex academic, research and clinical facilities, as well as associated environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance. F&O is a positive organization dedicated to the principles of being respectful, collaborative, solutions-based, and proactive.

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Project Highlight

Detroit Observatory

The Detroit Observatory was built in 1854 and quickly became the centerpiece of scientific advancement at U-M. Now, 168 years later and after a three-year expansion project, it is ready for the U-M community and public to again explore the stars.

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Success Stories

Grounds helps prepare Peony Garden for 100th anniversary

The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden draws thousands of visitors annually to this spectacular “living museum” on campus that showcases upwards of 10,000 blossoms. Originally planted in 1922, the garden now boasts North America’s largest public collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies. The Peony Garden has become a sacred space for the Ann Arbor community. In the spring of 2022, it will celebrate 100 years of existence.

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