$38 Million Crisler Center Expansion


$38 Million Crisler Center Expansion Awards Continue
with the 2014 Athletic Business Facilities of Merit


Spence Brothers' construction as the lead contractor for The University of Michigan's $38 Million Crisler Center Expansion has already been heralded as one the best project in the Midwest and in Michigan!  On October 10, 2014, another national recognition for the project came as the Crisler Center was selected as one of ten facilities receiving the 2014 Athletics Business Facilities of Merit award.  The accolade complements the projects past recognition as "Project of the Year" by ENR Midwest in the Sports/Entertainment category in 2013, and also winning the prestigous 2013 Build Michigan Award! (project profile)

Crisler Arena Expansion - Spence BrothersCrisler Stadium Walkway - Spence Brothers
October - New Northeast Entry                                                    Stadium Walkway

Crisler Arena, originally built by Spence Brothers in 1967, is a multi-purpose venue used for academic, athletic, and entertainment events. The facility, rededicated as the "Crisler Center", underwent an extensive $38 Million construction expansion including the development of approximately 63,000 gross square feet  creating new spectator entrances, retail spaces, ticketing areas and a private club space. Renovations also included approximately 54,000 gross square feet improving spectator circulation and egress, increasing the number of restrooms and concession areas, and add other fan amenities.
Crsiler Northeast Entry - Spence Brothers
"Spence Brothers' history of working with The University of Michigan includes an extensive list of many significant and iconic structures for which we are very proud to be associated with", says Herb Spence III, President & CEO of Spence Brothers.  "For nearly five decades, the Crisler Arena symbolized a construction accomplishment for Spence Brothers. So then; to build a new life and look for the new Crisler Center - a building held very close to our hearts, is certainly an honor and privilege."
Crisler Foyer - Spence Brothers

October 2012 - New entrance landing

In order to complete the expansive addition and renovation within the scheduled time frame, Spence cited the excellence of the team members' project execution with multiple shift operations, fast-track scheduling and extensive coordination with The University of Michigan.

Construction of the new Crisler Center Expansion was completed in an amazing 10 month period.


Spence Brothers traveled to Chicago to receive the ENR Midwest's "Project of the Year" award and also recently attended the AGC of Michigan's Annual Meeting to be presented the Build Michigan Award.