University of Michigan M-City

Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. In 2014 it began construction on only one of three autonomous tracks in the country later to be named MCity.  Occupying 32 acres at the University’s North Campus Research Complex, MCity simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. It includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers. 


Iafrate Construction has worked on numerous projects at the University of Michigan over the last 20 years.


Iafrate Construction was subcontracted by the University of Michigan to manage the construction of the MCity complex.  Iafrate Construction self-performed all of the land balancing, MSE reinforced slope, underground utilities, site concrete, and restoration.  Close coordination with the 15 subcontractors on this project was required to complete the project on time and within budget.

Fast Facts


Project Name:         U of M MCity

Location:                 Ann Arbor, MI              

Owner/Client:          University of Michigan

Engineer:                Mannik Smith Group


  • 32 acres of clearing and land balance

  • Over 5,000 lf of storm sewer

  • 60 storm sewer structures

  • 24,000 sf of 6” concrete pavement

  • 5400 lf of curbs and 27,000 sf walks

  • 37,000 Syd asphalt pavement