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College of Education

Western Michigan University

The College of Education and Human Development’s new 230,000 SF Sangren Hall, at the heart of the campus, serves students from around the globe in one or more of the 450 classes scheduled weekly. Providing a dramatic and definite edge to the pedestrian mall that forms the “front door” to the university, the new facility embodies the mission and world class reputation of Western Michigan University programs. The two-story entrance provides a glass commons space serving as the social hub of the building and campus mall, energizing both with activity and vibrancy. As a student moves deeper into the building, the Commons and Library provide additional opportunities for interaction and study while maintaining the same level of transparency and relationship with the exterior mall - putting learning on display. The corridors infuse the same energy by providing opportunities for informal learning, collaboration and breakout areas. The program spaces in the building include classrooms, departmental offices, simulated K-12 classrooms, a counseling center, and dedicated space to support grant activities. The building is seeking LEED Gold status.