Bob's Lake House and Pond


Building Name
Bob's Lake House and Pond
The pond and Lake house were constructed as part of an 11-acre, $1.5 million project to create an outdoor recreation area connected to the Olds-Robb center. The man-made pond is six feet deep, and intended for year-round enjoyment. In the winter, the pond was designed to be used as an outdoor ice skating rink. The Lake house provides a place for students to relax. The outdoor complex, of which the pond and Lake house are a part, also includes volleyball courts, running trails, and a picnic area with horseshoe pits. The project also featured an 800-seat amphitheater. Based on student requests for a safe outdoor area for jogging at night, the designers lighted the one-mile long jogging trail.
Namesake Biography
Robert "Bob" England, an Ypsilanti native and 1962 graduate of Ypsilanti High School, played football at the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1966, and earned his masters degree from Michigan in 1968. Upon completion of his masters, England was hired in 1968 as an assistant professor in the physical education department, and then his job became director of intramural, when it was a part of the athletic department, England was the first and only director of intramural in EMU history, today he is the director of the Olds-Robb Rec/IM. England is married to Jill Greenstreet England, an educational consultant, and has one son Rob, b. 1969.
Building Namesake
Bob England, Director of Recreation and Intermural Sports
Year Constructed
Date Dedicated
January, 1993
Building Functions
Lake House provides a place to relax and hold student organization functions.
Big Bob's Lake House
M.C. Smith & Associates Architectural Group, East Grand Rapids, MI
Original Cost
Architectural Style
Post Modern
Square Footage
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