QEA’s rehabilitation of Minoru Yamasaki's modern masterpiece at Wayne State University returns qualities “serenity, surprise and delight.” – 8 May 2014, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway presented 12 recipients with 2014 Governor's Awards for Historic Preservation in the state capitol on Thursday, May 7th.  
 
The McGregor Pond & Sculpture Garden project by Quinn Evans Architects and McCarthy & Smith, Inc restored the modern masterpiece by Minoru Yamasaki located at Wayne State University in Detroit. Drawing inspiration from the original design and drawings, the team restored the pool’s character while employing new strategies and technology for improving its functionality. The pool and sculpture garden once again epitomize Yamasaki’s design philosophy of “serenity, surprise, and delight.” QEA's project team included Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP, Richard Hess, Lauren Parker, and Ruth Mills, MA, MS. Beckett & Raeder was the Landscape Architect and McCarthy & Smith, Inc. served as contractor for the project.  
 
"Historic preservation is vital to Michigan," Woosley said. "It is vital to the quality of life of our citizens; to the vitality and economic strength and stability of our communities; to maintaining the unique characteristics of our cities, towns and rural areas; and to the sense of who we are as Michiganders. Historic preservation keeps us authentic." 
 
"The Governor's Awards help educate the public about the impact of historic preservation and the transformative effect it has on communities," Conway said. "Historic preservation teaches us about the past, brings tourists to town and helps put older vacant buildings back on the tax rolls." 
 
In Michigan between 2003 and 2013, historic rehabilitations using the federal historic preservation tax credits resulted in more than $1.7 billion in investment. In 2013, completed historic rehabilitation projects in Michiganalone totaled $146 million in investment. 
 
The State Historic Preservation Office, part of MSHDA, initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan's unique character and the many cultural resources that document Michigan's past.