About

We believe that a landscape is a means of communication. Our environment can affect us far more than we are aware. We look at the “features” of our campus as destinations or places for those looking for cultural exposure, interconnection, security, belonging and a sense of self identity.

We believe that place making is an art and science that involves developing spaces that stimulate or fulfill these needs. In this we look to our campus as having unique spaces remaining diverse yet interconnected with the “sense of place” that is Western Michigan University. Our hope is that the Western Michigan University community will take this vision with them.

FAST FACTS

Campus trees

  • 297 trees planted.
  • 37 trees taken down due to storm damage, safety hazards or being too large to successfully plant.

Main campus: 745 acres

  • 197 acres of movable lawns.
  • 38,000 square feet of perennial beds.
  • 5,000 square feet of annual flower beds.
  • 190 flower planters for annuals.
  • 27 lane miles of roads.
  • More than 120 acres of parking lots.
  • 39 miles of sidewalks.
  • 200,000 square feet of steps, ramps and entry surfaces.
  • 6,500 landscape trees measures and inventoried in a computer mapping software.
  • 84 acres of turf is under automatic irrigation.
  • 253 benches.
  • 146 picnic and carousel tables with 53 umbrellas.

Natural areas and preserves: 568 acres

  • 274 acres of natural areas at Asylum Lake Preserve.
  • 48 acres of natural areas at Kleinstuck Preserve.
  • More than 113 acres of natural areas on the Parkview Campus.
  • 131 acres of tree canopy on main campus.

Landscape Services annual reports
Who we are and what we do presentation

Awards

Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, is a campus of 745 acres of intensely maintained areas. Mark Frever, director of Landscape Services, and his landscape crew of 47 professionals have the daunting task of overseeing this campus; however, they have proved that by using creative and sustainable practices, it is possible.