WMU News

Last opportunities for feedback on Campus Master Plan

March 16, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Members of the Western Michigan University community and the public are invited to attend the final open feedback sessions regarding WMU's proposed master plan.

Representatives from SmithGroup JJR (formerly JJR, Inc.) of Ann Arbor, the University's master planning consultants, will make presentations on March 21 and 23, detailing a revised version of the plan.

The first session, primarily for the University community, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 21, at the Oakland Recital Hall, located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street.

The public is invited to attend a second session from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the Fetzer Center on the campus. The Greater Kalamazoo Chapter of the WMU Alumni Association will host a welcoming reception in the Fetzer lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Consultants from Smith Group JJR will focus on the latest version of a composite plan for WMU's main campus, which includes East Campus, located east of Stadium Drive and north of Oliver Street; South Campus, located south of Oliver Street between Stadium Drive and Oakland Drive; and West Campus, located west of Stadium Drive and including Goldsworth Valley. Presenters also will review the planning principles generated during previous campus visits.

Specific discussion topics include vehicle and pedestrian circulation, entrances and open space, future building potential, relocation of campus housing, parking distribution and the development of South Campus.

This month's sessions conclude the information gathering and public input phase of the master planning process. The 18-month undertaking involves representatives of students, faculty, staff and the public, as well as the WMU Board of Trustees. They are organized into an advisory/policy committee and three focus groups. Work on the master plan is part of a University-wide planning process initiated in the fall of 1998 by WMU President Elson Floyd. Recommendations on the master plan are expected this fall.

Interested persons may get more information and provide feedback regarding the master planning process by calling the Department of Campus Planning at (616) 387-4082 or visiting their Web site at <www.wmich.edu/masterplan>.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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