Proposed Campus Plans
for Western Michigan University
1962 Maps Planning History
These proposed campus plans are from the early 1960s. Goldsworth
Valley Group #3, completed in 1965, is shown on the plan, however Kohrman Hall
and the Trimpe Building, which were constructed in 1966, are not. This indicates
that this plan dates from the planning of Goldsworth #3 in 1962-63, but before
the planning for either Trimpe or Kohrman.
Western Michigan University, like most colleges and universities
at the time, experienced tremendous increases in enrollment in the 1960s. This
created a severe housing shortage at a time when it was customary for about
half of all students to live on campus. Plans for up to six major residence
halls in the Goldsworth Valley would have tripled the housing supply on campus.
By 1970, though, student demographics had changed. Not only was the enrollment
growth rate slowing, but more students were preferring to live off-campus. The
reduced demand on housing eliminated the need for 3 of the 6 proposed Goldsworth
Note that this plan also pre-dates the extension of Oliver Street
westward to Stadium Drive (the extension would be completed by 1970). The plan
also illustrates an early version of a loop road around the south and west boundaries
of the campus.
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"Track Record": How
the 1962 Plan stood the test of time ....
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#1 - Residence Halls: 6 proposed for
the "North Valley", 3 were built
#2 - Amphitheatre and Shell: not built
#3 - Women's Physical Education Building:
not built. Addition to Gary Physical Education Building was built in 1964,
women's softball field (Ebert Field) constructed in the late 70's
#4 - Speech Clinic: not built. At the
time, a "Speech Annex" was located in a small building located
between Waldo Stadium and Spindler Hall. When a new Health Services Building
(Sindecuse Health Center) was built on West Campus in 1969, the Speech
Clinic and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology were able
to move into the vacated Health building on East Campus. The Speech program
would remain on East Campus until the College of Health and Human Services
moved into its own building in 2005.
#5 - Classroom Building: not built.
#6 - Physical Science Lab and Classroom
Building: built at different location. The site for #7 would become Rood
Hall in 1970.
#7 - Undergraduate Library: built, but
not as a single building. To accommodate the need for more library space,
two new classroom buildings would include libraries (Sangren Hall and the
Education Library, built in 1964; Rood Hall and the Science Library, built
in 1970). Waldo Library itself would receive an addition in 1967.
#8 - Education and Classroom Building:
built in 1964 (Sangren Hall).
#9 - Classroom Building: built, but not as a single building
and not in that location. The Knauss-Friedman-Dunbar classroom and office
complex would be completed in 1971, just north of Brown Hall.
#10 - Industrial and Engineering Technology
Building: built in 1965 on the site of #12 (Kohrman Hall).
#11 - Art Center: built in 1982. State
budget problems in the 70's delayed many institutional building projects
including this one. When finally realized, the Dalton Center would house
Music and Dance, but not Art. The Department of Art would be earmarked for
relocation into Kohrman Hall after it was vacated by the College of Engineering
and Applied Sciences in 2003.
#12 - Liberal arts and Classroom Building:
built in 1967 (Brown Hall), although location moved east to just north of
the Theatre building.
#13 - Auditorium: built in 1967 (Miller
#14 - Auditorium Classroom and Theatre
Wing: Theatre and classroom building (Shaw Theatre) finished in 1967, with
connection to Auditorium Building; lecture
- auditoriums would be included
in the Instructional Facility Complex (Friedman-Dunbar-Knauss Halls) in