Project Funding and Cost


The Campus WiFi Upgrade is a combination of projects funded via the U-M IT Capital Investment process. These projects consist of:


The U-M Provost and Chief Financial Officer have approved $462 thousand to install wireless capabilities on the Diag. This project will provide coverage on the Hatcher Library Plaza with the block M, and the area enclosed by the surrounding buildings: Angell Hall, Kraus, Chemistry, Dow, Data Building, Randall Labs and the Hatcher Library.


Capital investment of $24.4 million has been approved and will cover upgrades to the WiFi networks in 275 academic, research, administrative and residence hall buildings on the Ann Arbor campus. See the complete list of buildings identified for upgrade.

This project will not include networks at Michigan Medicine, UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint campuses.


Capital investment of $3.6 million were approved to address the WiFi environment in campus locations whose mission is to serve all members of the university community. The facilities approved for upgrade as part of this project were:

  • Palmer Commons
  • Michigan Union
  • Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB)
  • Presidents House
  • Student Activities Bldg.
  • North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB)
  • Pierpont Commons Alumni Center
  • Matthaei Botanical Garden
  • Rackham
  • Power Center
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Michigan League
  • Hill Auditorium
  • Health Services Building
  • Bentley Library
  • Towsley Children's House
  • Ruthven Museum and Library


Capital Investment of $1.6 million, were approved to upgrade the WiFi networks at the following buildings: Hatcher Graduate Library, Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the Buhr Shelving Facility.


Funds for the Campus WiFi Upgrade Project are being invested in the infrastructure needed to substantially improve WiFi capacity and coverage on campus. The total cost to install an individual Access Point (AP) varies significantly based on user density requirements, building design and construction materials, aesthetic considerations, and additional hardwired network needs.

Initial cost estimates were completed based on experience and data from prior installations. The November 2014 cost estimates are based on actual costs of the current Campus WiFi Upgrade Project. The graphs below provide rough cost breakdown information.

The average cost to purchase and install a WiFi network is $2,900/AP in both estimates. The changes between the graphs are due to several factors. As a result of the RFP, the hardware and AP costs were reduced significantly. Changing the scope to include wall-to-wall and basement-to-penthouse coverage has increased the both the amount of hardware and APs needed and the conduit and wiring costs.

Campus Wi-Fi Cost Estimate Graph