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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center


GroundWorks is a walk-in, self-serve media lab with hardware and software for creating, editing and converting audio and video recordings. It is open any time the Duderstadt Building is open. The lab features:

*The use of these spaces requires completion of the Digital Media Commons Orientation.

Digital Media Commons Orientation

When: Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m.

Duration: Approximately 30 min

Where: Consultant Desk, GroundWorks Media Lab, Room 1315 in the Duderstadt Center


The Digital Media Commons Orientation is conducted Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm by the GroundWorks consultant on duty. You don’t need to make an appointment – just come in at one of those times, and we’ll get you started!

Approximately 30 minutes in length, the orientation will introduce you to what’s available at the Digital Media Commons and provide basic training for the Recording Booth and Multimedia Rooms. During this time, you will have the opportunity to create a user account in order to make reservations, become acquainted with the hardware/software configurations, review policies and procedures, and meet our talented consultant staff.

We encourage groups of 8 or more to notify us in advance at so we can better accommodate the needs of classes, research projects, and other groups seeking information about the Digital Media Commons’ resources.

Personal Studio orientations are offered at 2:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Come by GroundWorks at one of those times and the GroundWorks consultant on duty will lead you down to the studio space to get you started. Class orientations are available by request, and inquiries can be sent to


Poster Shop

The Poster Shop, located at the Consultant Desk within GroundWorks, is a first-come, first-serve printing facility that offers high-quality, large-format color posters, with an emphasis on conference or academic poster printing. It is open for printing 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Our paper is 36" wide, and we charge $8.78 per linear foot, rounded up to the nearest half-foot, plus tax. Posters are printed in-person on a first-come, first-served basis — starting from the time your file enters the print server queue. We do not accept print requests by email. When printing in the lab, be sure to bring in your original poster file in case any edits need to be made before printing. There is always a chance of running into unexpected problems when printing, so we recommend printing your poster several days ahead of schedule.

We accept all major credit cards, U-M Purchasing Cards (P-Cards), and university short codes. We are unable to accept cash. All users must bring in a valid U-M MCard to process payment. To pay for a poster with a departmental account, you will be asked to show a valid MCard, and provide the short code number and administrative contact information for the account. To conduct a P-Card transaction for someone other than the cardholder, the designee must bring: a signed letter from the cardholder — written on department letterhead — stating the maximum amount to be charged, and the name of the individual authorized to use the card.

Recording Booth

The Recording Booth is a self-contained, reservable digital audio and video recording booth, perfect for recording video voice-overs and solo vocal or instrumental performances. The room is available to those who have completed the Digital Media Commons Orientation. The Recording Booth includes a microphone and small HD video camera which will allow you to record in a variety of different programs, including:

  • QuickTime Pro
  • GarageBand
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Logic Pro
  • Camtasia

Trained users can reserve the booth for up to four hours at a time through our online reservation system.

Multimedia Editing Rooms

There are three high-powered, reservable Multimedia Editing Rooms available through GroundWorks whenever the Duderstadt Center is open. Beyond providing a quiet environment for working, the rooms have a number of extra features including Mac Pros with substantial RAM and processing power, high fidelity audio monitors, two HD displays, a 4K reference monitor, Blu-Ray burners, and keyboards labeled with Final Cut Pro shortcuts for easier editing. The Multimedia Rooms are available by-appointment whenever the Duderstadt Center is open. Digital Media Commons Orientation required. Please refer to the Multimedia Rooms page for more details.

Video Editing Software Workshops

Workshops on Final Cut Pro and iMovie are held by request for classes, departments, and student groups. To set up a workshop for a group (10-14 participants typically), please contact