Golf Practice Facility to be Named the Weisfeld Family Golf Center

Sept. 15, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved today (Thursday, Sept. 15) the naming of the U-M Golf Practice Facility in honor of Barry A. Weisfeld and the Weisfeld Family Foundation. The new facility will be known as the Weisfeld Family Golf Center.

This new $2.5 million facility will provide the men's and women's varsity golf teams with year-round practice space, including a putting and chipping area and driving bays to utilize the existing driving range, as well as locker rooms and offices.

The Weisfeld family has continued to be a supporter of the university through annual gifts to the department of athletics and contributions to the Weisfeld Family Endowed Fund and the New York Family Scholarship Fund. Weisfeld served as a member of the Kinesiology Campaign Steering Committee during the Michigan Difference campaign, while the Weisfelds' son, David, graduated from U-M in 2010 and played varsity golf for two seasons. Weisfeld's daughter, Danielle, is also a U-M graduate in 2007.

The new golf facility will also be the first Geothermal building on the university campus. Geothermal wells and heat pumps will be used to provide heating and cooling for 4,000 feet of the 9,750 square-foot building. There are seven 300-foot deep wells serving six heat pumps that will supply conditioned air to several zones in the office areas.

The geothermal field effectively and efficiently transfers the heat loss and gain from the building to an almost constant ground temperature source through a series of wells. The approximate energy savings is estimated to be 30 percent.

In addition to the Geothermal system, the new building was built with the maximum insulation in foundation walls, exterior walls, and roof assemblies, energy efficient windows/glazing for increased thermal performance and day lighting controls for perimeter spaces.

The facility also offers many additional sustainability features. First, all plumbing features are low flow and include dual flush toilets. Whenever possible, construction on the site used regional/recycled materials as well as low-volatile organic compounds (VOCs) materials -- such as carpeting and paints.

The project is expected to be completed Fall 2011 with a dedication ceremony planned for November.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423