Campus Planning

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Sangren Hall Building Project:
History and General Information

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bullet Town Hall Meeting Presentation June 29, 2009
bullet Design Concepts Presentation August 11, 2009

In September, 2008, the Michigan Legislature gave approval for planning for Phase I of the Sangren Hall Renovation. The national architecture/engineering firm SHW Group, with offices in Berkley, Michigan, was selected as architect of record for the project.  Planning started in spring of 2009.

The plans for a new Sangren Hall construction project were presented at the February 18, 2010 meeting of the WMU Board of Trustees.  In March the complete Schematic Design plans were delivered to the State for review and approval by the Department of Management and Budget and by the Legislature's Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee.

Construction started fall 2010.  Preparation of the construction site began in May with the demolition of the south wing of the existing building, containing the large lecture halls and the Education Library.  Expected completion and occupancy is fall 2012.

The project to renovate Sangren Hall has been the first priority on WMU's Capital Outlay Request list since 2000, and was first placed on the capital outlay list in 1995.  The need to upgrade Sangren Hall remains critical.  It is the most heavily-scheduled and has the largest classroom capacity of any of WMU’s academic buildings.

The 1960’s were a time of tremendous enrollment growth in higher education in Michigan.  A large percentage of the building stock at Michigan’s colleges and universities dates from this time.  These forty-year-old buildings, built to codes and standards of the time, are now aging and in significant need of upgrade or replacement of building systems and infrastructure.  Without renewal of its existing resources and facilities the state’s ability to educate and train qualified and job-ready graduates will be severely compromised.

Sangren Hall was built in 1964, the second of four major academic classroom facilities constructed in the 1960’s.  The other three buildings, Wood, Kohrman, and Brown Halls, have been or are in the process of being renovated.

Other than a 1998 addition on the north side that provided additional elevators and a barrier-free entrance, Sangren Hall has changed little since 1964.  The building's aging infrastructure is deteriorating and the existing building limitations make it increasingly difficult for faculty to adopt new teaching methodologies and technology.

The 207,000 square foot, three-story concrete and glass building houses general university classrooms, departmental and dean's offices for the College of Education, departmental offices for the Department of Sociology, the College of Education teaching laboratories, computer labs, and counseling services center, the Education Library (a branch of the University Libraries), and the Kercher Center for Social Research.  The total classroom capacity is over 2,500 seats and over 450 classes are scheduled per week.  The Education Library serves over 2,000 students per week.

The ground floor of Sangren Hall was vacated in December 2007, when offices and studios for the School of Art moved into the renovated South Kohrman Hall.  Some offices have been reassigned and reoccupied but the majority of the vacated spaces require major remodeling and/or renovation before any reuse is possible.


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