Cooley Law School completes expansion in Auburn Hills

It’s down to the painting and carpeting at the Auburn Hills campus of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. That’s about all that’s left with the new addition project.

“What
they’re doing now is putting in the furniture and landscaping,” says
Nick Wassmiller, spokesman for Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

The
project should be done by the end of the month, but students and staff
aren’t waiting that long. They are expected to start using the new
space next week for the beginning of summer term. A grand opening is
planned for the end of the month.

It will cap the end of a
nearly two-year project where the Lansing-based law school sets up its
own Metro Detroit campus. The school took over an old 1980s era GM/UAW
building on 67 acres in the shadow of the Chrysler headquarters,
renovating and expanding it to 130,000 square feet.

The existing
building houses meeting space, offices and a large law library. The
addition has classrooms, faculty offices, and courtrooms for both
practice and real trials. The modern-looking building is also going for
LEED
certification with a strong list of environmentally friendly features,
such as a 20,000 square foot green roof and recycled materials.

Cooley
opened its Metro Detroit campus at Oakland University six years ago
with 28 students. Today it has 680 students at its new Auburn Hills
campus at 2630 Featherstone Road. It is expected to hold up to 800
within the next year or two and possibly more than 1,000 after that.

Source: Nick Wassmiller, spokesman for Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Writer: Jon Zemke