WMU News

New CHHS building open for neighbors to tour

Sept. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO-- Members of the community who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Western Michigan University's Oakland Drive Campus will have an opportunity Saturday, Sept. 24, to tour the new College of Health and Human Services building, which opened this fall.

The building will be open for tours by its neighbors from 10 a.m. to noon. The facility is located in the area historically known as the grounds for the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital. It is easily accessed from the intersection of Oakland Drive and Wheaton Street. Parking is available in lots immediately adjacent to the building.

The 200,000-square-foot facility is a state-of-art health education facility that brings together, for the first time under one roof, all of the college's award winning programs. Some of the most sophisticated labs and classroom facilities in the nation are part of the new building, which opened for classes this fall and was officially dedicated Sept. 15. Specialized facilities include labs devoted to such disciplines as biofeedback, blindness and low-vision studies, orthotics and motion research.

"This is an amazing facility and we know our neighbors have been watching the construction for more than two years," says Kurt Haenicke, communications director for the college. "Now that everything is up and running, we want to welcome our neighbors in to show off our new home and let them get a real sense for the work that goes on here."

For further information, contact Kurt Haenicke at (269) 387-2654 or Bob Miller, associate vice president for community outreach, at (269) 387-2073.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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