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 building. However, an extensive planning process determined that a replacement building would be a better solution. 

Far ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$281.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio from being just another academic building, Sangren Hall is a destination for students and visitors. Nearly every student benefits from this new facility. Aside from 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 meet LEED gold certification and provide innovative classrooms, teaching labs and research centers, this project simultaneously engages the importance of environment on learning while redefining the campus on which it sits.

“Excellent daylighting. Good layout and variety of student gathering spaces.”--2013 jury

Design team: Janice Suchan, Principal-in-Charge; Tod Stevens, Designer; Alexis Kim, Interior Design; Patrick Kanary, Project Manager