Western Michigan University, School of Aviation Sciences

Battle Creek, Michigan

Western Michigan University’s School of Aviation Sciences is one of the leading training programs in the nation; the only university-based, aviation training of its kind in Michigan; and the only aviation school in the United States with U.K. certification. With pilot training at half the cost and weather conditions similar to those in Europe, WMU has been awarded a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMWagner-Flook Builders (Contractor)CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$104.00CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized with British Airways and recently has signed contracts with Emirates Airlines and Aer Lungus to train pilots. WMU needed state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate the increasing enrollment and allow for future expansion of dormitories, a student center and additional classrooms.

An underutilized airport, built in 1958, was selected as the new site for WMU’s growing program. The final plan included three buildings: Flight Operations Building, Office Classroom Building and Aviation Technical Center.

"Functional, yet has the spirit of flight carried throughout."—1998 jury