KALAMAZOO — The new home of Western Michigan University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will formally open its doors in a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12.
The 343,000-square-foot facility, which is the heart of WMU’s Parkview Campus, was completed this summer after two years of construction. The $72.5 million high-tech academic building is the university’s largest and is home to a college that has nine engineering departments and a total student enrollment of approximately 3,000. Classes began in the new building Aug. 28.
An open house follows the formal ceremony, and the public may tour the building between 3 and 6 p.m.
The new building features two, two-story brick wings — each more than 600 feet long — joined by a central glass hub. The entire engineering complex, which includes two attached parking ramps, a paper coating pilot plant that was opened in 2002, and an energy resource center, is a major component of the school’s Parkview Campus. The new 265-acre campus, which is three miles south of WMU’s main Kalamazoo campus, also includes a Business Technology and Research Park. That park has been designated a Michigan SmartZone and is home to 10 companies in the life sciences, information technology and advanced engineering sectors.
Total cost for the building project was more than $99 million.