Western Michigan University, Sangren Hall

Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • FIRM



    Western Michigan University

  • AREA

    213,000 sq.ft.





An existing College of Education and Human Development had been situated at the heart of this campus since 1964. The original project scope consisted of a full renovation to the existing building. Through an extensive planning process, a replacement building was identified as a better solution. 

Far from being just another academic building, Sangren Hall ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$281.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms a destination for students and visitors. Nearly every student benefits from this new facility. In addition to being beautiful and engaging, this building is a true workhorse, housing more than 30 different instructional spaces, from 12-seat seminar rooms to 200-seat lecture halls.

The site held tight constraints. To the north sat the existing building, which remained operational during construction. To the south, the team tried to visually connect with adjacent academic buildings, defining a new campus mall out of an area previously used for parking.

Designed to receive LEED gold certification, while providing innovative state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs and research centers, this project engages the importance of environment on learning while redefining the campus on which it sits.