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New Sangren Hall


2 elevators
4 stairwells
4 floors
165 workers a day
78 percent of the construction debris is being recycled
1,300 tons of steel in the structure
7,075 cubic yards of concrete floor slabs
13,000 square feet of interior glass
36,000 square feet of exterior glass
230,000 square feet facility
Source: Miller-Davis Company


Adjacent to Henry Hall and across from the Kanley Chapel in the middle of campus, stands the new Sangren Hall housing the College of Education and Human Development and all its activities in the heart of main campus in a groundbreaking-high tech research facility.

The approximate 230,000 square foot facility houses four floors of classrooms, labs, lecture halls, administrative facilities, an education library, a reading clinic and a counseling clinic that promote learning and student development.

The building was designed by SHW Group, LLC from Berkley, Mich., and was constructed by contractor Miller-Davis Company.


The $69-million project, which began with the demolition of the south wing of the old Sangren Hall in the summer of 2010, was completed in August 2012. Classes began fall semester, 2012 in the new Sangren Hall.

There were many related construction and planning projects that were completed in conjunction with the construction project for the new Sangren Hall. These projects varied in size and type, and occurred before, during, and after the Sangren Hall building construction, but all fall under the category of "site work."

Projects that are related to the site around the new building:

The West Michigan Avenue Pedestrian Mall brings a 42-year-old goal for WMU to fruition, according to Archives & Regional History Collections Director Sharon Carlson.

Building Features

The building features 49,000 square feet of glass to increase natural lighting. Sustainable materials were utilized in this project as all the doors, millwork and handrails are bamboo, and the floors made of cork. Even the roofing system features “green roofs” that help retain water that would otherwise go into the watershed.

78 percent of the construction debris created during the project has been recycled, as they aim to achieve LEED Gold certification for the building.