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Planned Campus Changes
Found some interesting planned changes for 2022 in the written board response to the no confidence vote. Welborn Hall (print management bldg), Woodland Place (on campus day are center by the Fetzer Center) and the Goldsworth North Valley apartments are in the process of demolition and sited as a positive action by the administration.

In August, when the new student center opens, the old and neighboring Henry Hall will be torn down. No plans for replacement were presented at this time for the spaces cleared.

Apparently a survey of admitted but not enrolled students (each year since 2017) most often listed "campus environment" as the reason for going elsewhere. The South Neighborhood (site of the new dorm and SC) is the first response to upgrading the campus. I tend to agree that the old dorm buildings there were not particularly enticing.

This week the city of Kalamazoo announced plans to replace aging culverts across Stadium Drive near the field-house intersection with Oliver street by the end of April. The announcement indicated this is in preparation of a major rebuild of Stadium Dr from the west at Howard street past Waldo Stadium to Lovell Street. This will include a landscaped median, a multi-use path, new traffic signals and ADA requirements (handicapped).

The campus is certainly going to have a different feel going forward, and I hope it is for the better!
02-05-2022 01:03 PM
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RE: Planned Campus Changes
Campus has already changed so much recently. I graduated about 5 years ago and the place is almost unrecognizable to me. And like you said, there is much more in the works.

I believe upgrading campus was put off for far too long. All the dorms from the early 60s are falling apart, Dunbar (which is currently being renovated) was crumbling while I was a student. Dalton is aging, most of the athletics venues are aging. There is a lot of work to do, but the recent upgrades are great.

I'm glad Stadium Drive is going to be reworked. It's an ugly road and it runs right beside main campus. It's good that the "South Neighborhood" is being revamped, as that is the face of the university along Stadium. Those old Elmwood apartments were terribly ugly.

I do wish that the new buildings on campus had a more uniform aesthetic. I'm partial to the old redbrick classic collegiate look, but as long as there's some cohesiveness, I'm happy. You can see a live view of the new campus construction here: https://www.fm.wmich.edu/ap/webcam/south/
All the new buildings have a different look and feel from one another. And I don't really like the new student center. It's going to be very nice inside and is a massive upgrade over Bernhard, but man is it a goofy looking building.

If you've ever been to Miami's campus, that's what I wish ours looked like. It's beautiful, with a consistent architectural aesthetic. Classic "college" feel. https://miamioh.edu/_home-files/images/2...campus.jpg
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02-05-2022 01:21 PM
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