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Western Michigan University - School of Education

Education from the ground up

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  • Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

A new building to deliver 30% more seats than the existing facility at Western Michigan University

Although the university originally intended to renovate the existing Sangren Hall, Western Michigan University officials quickly recognized that the building’s constraints wouldn’t allow for their intended project outcomes. The alternative, a new building, delivers 30 percent more seats than the former facility and carries on the original Sangren Hall’s legacy as one of the university’s most heavily utilized classroom buildings.

The building was designed to meet the needs of 21st century students while also accommodating a wide variety of learning styles. For this reason, a variety of spaces—from small classrooms to large auditoriums to breakout areas—were incorporated throughout the building. Specialized rooms for Education instruction, such as model K-12 classrooms with attached observation areas, were incorporated to meet the needs of students in the College of Education.

As part of the Student Success Center at Sangren Hall, the design included student services such as admissions, advising, field office placements, teacher certification assistance, dining areas, an education library, and information commons.

At a Glance

Offices
Awards
Learning by Design, Citation of Excellence Award, 2013
AIA Detroit, Honor Award, 2013
College Planning and Management, Project of Distinction, 2013
Meet Our Team

Patrick Calhoun, Senior Associate, Senior Planner

In educational building design, you like hearing how your design positively impacts students. When you extrapolate out to future generations, that experience is both joyful and humbling.
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Joe Lapinski, Senior Associate

None of my inventions ever came about by accident, they came about by work – Thomas Edison

Chris Mackey, Principal

I love the combination of art, science, and craft that goes into making good buildings. When a client says 'we decided' or 'we designed' at the end of a project, then we’ve done our job.

David Rose, Senior Planner

For me, the success of a design is judged by the users of the facility.

Kristin Simoneaux, Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

My goal is to design systems that benefit the client, the user, and the environment through innovative design.
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Patrick Calhoun

Senior Associate, Senior Planner

Joe Lapinski

Senior Associate

Chris Mackey

Principal

David Rose

Senior Planner

Kristin Simoneaux

Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

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