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 current site of McCracken Hall, will serve as an anchor at the northwestern edge of the larger site. 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 Cannon Design, a leader in higher education facilities and student centers to design the new facility, 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

The project is set to open in two phases. Phase one will occur during Fall 2021 when the first two floors- which will contain most Student Center functions- comes online. Throughout the fall, various units will be moving into the building. Phase two will occur in the Fall of 2022, when the Dining facility on the third floor opens. 


 View from West Michigan Ave Mall

"Cedar Heart" Gathering Stair

Game Room


Transformer Lounge/Dining area on Level 3



  • 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 & most evenings. Check it out!

Here is a link to a video walk-thru from the VR model:


Construction WebCam


Site Logistical Plan- McCracken Demolition & New Building Construction (Starting May 2019)



Town Hall Public Presentation September 17, 2018