Student Center and Dining Facilities

By the year 2024, Western Michigan University plans to re-imagine the southern portion of main campus, including a new student center and several other major building efforts. The new student center, located at the former site of McCracken Hall, will serve as an anchor at the northwestern edge of the larger Hilltop Commons development. McCracken Hall was demolished over the Summer of 2019 to provide a clean slate for the construction of this unique new facility.

WMU has partnered with CannonDesign, a leader in higher education facilities and student centers to design the new building, which will include:

  • Information and Welcome Center
  • Student Organization Support
  • Student Support Services
  • Affinity Spaces
  • Lounges/Flexible Space
  • Meeting Spaces
  • Retail Shops/Food Service
  • Student Meal Plan Food Service/Dining

Learn more about the project timeline in a message sent to students, message sent to employees and our fact sheet

View from West Michigan Avenue Mall


"Cedar Heart" Gathering Stair


Game Room


Transformer Lounge / Level 3 Dining Area


  • Student focused
  • Innovative, flexible design
  • Encourage social engagement
  • Architecturally distinctive and iconic
  • Minimum LEED Silver certified
  • Source of pride and tradition
  • THE community center, hang-out, WMU’s living room
  • Provide leadership development and co-curricular education
  • A unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity


The new Student Center virtual reality tour is now available for viewing at the VR Lab in the lower level of Waldo Library. The lab is open week days and most evenings. Check it out!

Can't get the VR lab?  Try this video walk-through!  

Construction WebCam

Check out our live view of the construction site!

Site LogisticS Plan

In late June 2022, Walbridge tightened up the site fence around the Student Center and Dining Facility to open up pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the site.  See the site logistics plan for more information about accessing the area and avoiding construction activities.


Questions regarding the Student Center and Dining Facilities project should be directed to Barb Vader, Project Manager: or (269) 387-8559.