South Neighborhood Sub-campus Master Plan



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.

The University engaged Perkins+Will, a design firm at the forefront of campus development and a national leader in higher education. 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.  


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 & Student Center beyond


Master Plan 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