WMU to break ground for student center, top off new dorm

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University plans to hold held a groundbreaking for a new student center and dining hall, as well as a topping-out celebration for its Arcadia Flats student housing complex, major milestones in the University’s Hilltop Village development project, on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The festivities start with the topping-out ceremony at the Arcadia Flats south construction gate on Ring Road South. Arcadia Flats is a six-story, 197-unit residential facility that will house 341 students. Scheduled to open fall 2020, the apartment-style housing will offer multiple living options for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students. The innovative living concept will incorporate sustainable design aimed to meet LEED Silver certification standards.

Following the topping-out event, a groundbreaking celebration is to be held for the student center and dining facility construction projects.

Phase one of the student center, pictured below, is projected to open fall 2021 as part of Hilltop Village development efforts. The three-story, 162,450-square-foot building will include a diverse array of customer-oriented spaces featuring nine shops and restaurants, space for student organizations, affinity space as well as lounges and four hammock areas.

During phase two of the project in fall 2022, a third-floor dining center with seven “micro-restaurants” is expected to come online. Like Arcadia Flats, this project also is designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards.


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