At the September 17, 2004 Board Meeting the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees gave the University administration the green light on construction of a new $28.5 million chemistry building.
The Chemistry Building is located between Wood Hall and the University Computer Center. It connects to Wood Hall via an overhead pedestrian bridge that links the second floor of each building. The east-side entrance to the Chemistry Building faces the Charles and Mary Stewart Tower of Waldo Library, while the west-side entrance overlooks a landscaped stormwater-retention basin.
The entire west facade is part of the major pedestrian corridor that follows the campus' north-south axis. The building is lined with a spacious sidewalk, enhanced with seating and landscaping, that connects with the Dalton Promenade at the south end of the building. The Promenade, renovated as part of the Chemistry Building project, continues down the slope to the plaza in front of Miller Auditorium.
The classroom facility includes three auditoriums, usable for both for chemistry and general education instruction, chemistry teaching labs, and spaces dedicated for use by student groups. All building services and utilities are delivered to the building through an underground tunnel that connects with the Dalton Center loading dock in order to preserve green space in the central of campus.
The instructional lab spaces to be housed in the new building are:
The architects of record for the project were Holabird & Root LLC of Chicago, Illinois.