WMU prepares for major campus construction
May 12, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Construction season on the Western Michigan University campus officially begins this week as fencing goes up around the building site for a new student apartment complex between Knollwood Avenue and Kohrman Hall.
The site is being fenced and prepared for a yearlong construction project that will begin with a June 1 groundbreaking. The fast-track construction project, scheduled for completion in August 2011, will add living space and adjacent parking for more than 300 students in four new buildings.
As part of the site preparation, 15 existing trees have been transplanted and 12 weak ones have been removed. Site plans call for the addition of 35 new trees before the project is completed.
A second major site at the center of campus will be enclosed next month in preparation for construction of the new Sangren Hall. That long-planned work to replace the University's largest and most heavily used classroom facility is also slated for a June 1 groundbreaking. That two-year construction project will result in a completely new, energy-efficient building directly in front of the existing Sangren Hall. Classes in the new facility will begin in fall 2012.
Details on pedestrian pathways around the site and information on design, construction, site work, and timetables for both projects are available on the Facilities Management website. Webcams are planned for the sites to allow the campus community to track construction progress.
Additional construction work over the summer will involve a portion of the west side of University Arena, where steam-line work will take place over the summer, and the Davis Dining parking lot, which will be the construction headquarters for a major renovation of that campus dining area.
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