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Building Timeline ~ 2004-2013

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West Entrance Development;
Phase 1

Roundabout and Boulevard

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2004 completion of West Entrance roads project

The redesign of West Michigan Avenue at the University's West Entrance was completed in the summer of 2004.


Dedicated on September 15, 2005.

Construction photo of CHHS Building
Volunteer participants from area architecture firms and schools/colleges of architecture, with WMU facilities staff, took part in all-day design and planning workshop to generate concepts for the Miller Plaza and the West Michigan corridor.
Construction photo of Sindecuse Health Center
Sindecuse was remodeled to accommodate expansion of the Pharmacy and other service areas after Nursing and Occupational Therapy programs vacated the third floor to move into the new CHHS building.
As part of the site development for the Chemistry Building project, major changes were made to the Dalton Promenade between the Flag Plaza and Miller Plaza.
Dalton Promenade
Dr. Deither H. Haenicke serves as Interim President from August 15, 2006 through July 1, 2007.

Chemistry Instructional Building

Opened Spring Semester 2007


WMU Board of Trustees approved continued fast-track development at September 2004 Board Meeting

Building dedicated January 26, 2007.

Construction photo of Chemistry BuildingChemistry Building

Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Opened Spring Semester 2007.

Building dedicated April 7, 2007.

WMU Board of Trustees approved naming opportunity; building to be named after James W. and Lois I. Richmond.
Construction photo of RCVARichmond Center for Visual Arts
Dr. John M. Dunn becomes WMU's eighth President on July 1, 2007.
Dr. John M. Dunn

Brown Hall Renovation

Opened Summer Semester 2008

Architectural rendering of east side of Brown HallBrown Hall

South Kohrman Hall renovation to house studios and offices for the School of Art.

Opened Spring Semester 2008.

South Kohrman Hall
Central Kohrman is being renovated for academic classrooms and offices.
Central Kohrman Hall
Knollwood Building and Knollwood Metal Building are razed after the ceramics and sculpture programs of the School of Art move into the renovated South Kohrman Hall.

Robert J. Bobb Stadium

Renovation and upgrades to Hyames Field.
Completed 2010.

Robert J. Bobb Stadium
Dedication ceremony May 14, 2011.  WMU News article

Western View Campus Apartments

Construction starts on first new campus housing in 35 years.

New apartments to be ready for occupants Fall 2011.

Campus Apartments

New Sangren Hall Construction Project

Capital project to replace original Sangren Hall.  Expected completion Fall 2012.

Sangren Hall project
Sangren Hall project

Lecture hall / Education Library wing of original Sangren Hall demolished in summer, 2010.  Remainder of old building to be demolished after completion of New Sangren Hall.

Lecture hall demolition
WMU relinquishes ownership of the Northwest Unit, former tuberculosis sanitarium that was gifted to WMU as part of the transfer of property of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital to the university, to the city of Kalamazoo.  Approved by the Board of Trustees April 8, 2011.

Renovation and addition of
Carl and Winifred Lee Honors College

Architect rendering of main entrance of Lee Honors College
Groundbreaking ceremony held on June 9, 2011.  Expected completion in summer 2012.