Madonna University


Franciscan Center for Science & Media

Livonia, Michigan

64,000 GSF, 5,945 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science, Interior Architecture, Lab Planning, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Construction & Design Award Honorable Mention, Honor Award, M Award for Excellence in Masonry Design

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“SmithGroupJJR listened to our needs and constructed a facility that was right for us. We are grateful that your team heeded our call to create a building that is good, green, growing and gorgeous.”

—Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, CSSF, President


Prior to the Franciscan Center for Science and Media, Madonna University had not constructed a new building since 1964. Growing enrollment and curriculum advancements required a cutting-edge facility that would lift the spirits of the users, enhance the beauty of the campus, and promote community interaction while setting an example of environmental stewardship. The new 64,000 square foot center successfully filled this 40-year gap, providing advanced digital media technology and science laboratories that enrich students’ hands-on experiences. Classrooms, offices, a 150-seat lecture hall, café and gathering area bring students from all majors together under one roof. The building, certified LEED-NC Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the first certified green building for the University and the City of Livonia.

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