Cooper Building


Building Name
Cooper Building
The Cooper Building was a 12,796 square foot office facility built in 1984. It is located immediately across the street from Westview Drive, with a view of Rynearson Stadium and EMU's athletic facilities. Originally known as Riverbend Office Building, EMU purchased the property in January. A lease agreement between EMU and The EMU Foundation was signed in 1996 stating that The Foundation offices will occupy approximately 5,648 square feet at an annual cost of $66,153. The Foundation made necessary improvements to the office space at their cost. Additionally, The Foundation is responsible for payment of utilities, custodial services and other related operating costs. When improvements to the office space are completed, the Foundation will relocate the University's Give Records and Receipts operations there.
Namesake Biography
Named after Darrell F. Cooper, who in 1996 was chairman and chief executive office of Fernco Inc. in Davison, MI. Since the late 1980s, he has taken an active volunteer leadership role at the University and has been an ardent supporter. He was chairman of the EMU College of Business Development Board from 1989 to 1992, and is a charter member of the EMU Foundation Board of Trustees, serving as treasurer and chair of the investment committee in 1992, then serving as chairman of the Board in 1993. Cooper volunteered as chair of EMU's Campaign for Scholars, which had a fundraising goal of $12 million. Mr. Cooper and his wife, Charlotte, were the first private donors to give $1 million gift to the University. Through their generosity, The Cooper Endowed Chair in Leadership was established in the College of Business' Management Department. Darrell H. Cooper received an honorary doctor of business administration degree from the University in 1994.
Building Namesake
Darrell F. Cooper
Year Constructed
Date Dedicated
Building Functions
EMU Foundation Offices
Riverbend Office Building
Original Cost
Architectural Style
Square Footage
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