The Hilltop Village

 In the next five years, Western Michigan University plans to re-imagine the entire southern portion of main campus, to include new student housing, a new student center and dining facility, retail venues and several other major building efforts. The project itself will be forward-thinking, reaching to create something unique not only to WMU’s campus, but to other college campuses as well. It will include the built environment, as well as new pedestrian and vehicular pathways, outdoor spaces, campus connections and other infrastructure for a truly cutting-edge user experience.

In the Spring of 2018, the University engaged Perkins+Will, a design firm at the forefront of campus planning and a national leader in higher education to develop a South Neighborhood Sub-campus Master Plan to guide the redevelopment efforts. Their master planning experts led the team to explore innovative approaches to campus improvement, to create a dynamic new campus experience geared toward student success.  Since that time, the development has been officially named 'The Hilltop Village', and implementation has begun!




 Gilbane Development Co., the real estate development, financing, ownership, and management arm of Gilbane Inc., has been selected by Western Michigan University with the intent in the next six months to enter into a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain some or all of The Hilltop Village project on its main campus in Kalamazoo. Gilbane Building Co. may serve as construction manager and/or owner's representative. The long-term vision for the Hilltop Village is to create a vibrant district that will combine housing, retail, office, academic, recreation and athletic spaces.  View the official press release here!


Mixed Use Village


The overarching design goals of this revitalization are two-fold: first, to provide the latest and greatest in campus amenities in order to strengthen the University’s recruitment and retention goals and promote student success.

Second, to refresh the visual identity of the Stadium Drive corridor, providing a new face that is more fitting for a progressive, 21st century campus. Ultimately, the work will help drive WMU’s core missions, making the University the institution of choice for a wider range of students.

The Master Plan was completed in October 2018, with deliverables that included not only the master vision for the site, but a phasing and implementation plan as well. Phase I of the implementation is slated to begin immediately following the completion of the plan.


View from Stadium Drive to "Viewshed" green space and Student Center beyond

 Guiding Principles



Click on the links below for deliverables from the master planning effort:

South Neighborhood Sub-campus Master Plan Final Report / Executive Summary

South Neighborhood Sub-campus Master Plan Market Feasibility Analysis