VISITING WMU & the Pilot Plants

 

Directions & Maps

The WMU Pilot Plants are housed in three different buildings, all located on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The Plants are loacted off of US-131, north of I-94. Specific plant directions, maps, and GPS locations are below.

 

Paper Plant, McCracken Hall

PAPER PILOT PLANT
McCracken Hall, WMU Main Campus

1951 South Hays Drive • Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5428
{ Google Map }  

  1. On US-131 (north of I-94), take exit #36A, Stadium Drive.
    • From US-131 south, turn right onto Stadium Drive.
    • From US-131 north, exit #36A merges onto Stadium Drive.
  2. Continue to Oliver Street (fifth traffic light after US-131) and make a left turn at the Oliver Street light.
  3. At the 3-way stop sign, turn left onto Western Ave.
  4. Just past the University Recreation Center, turn right on Hayes Drive S.
  5. Continue through the curves and up the hill until you see McCracken Hall at the top on the left. The Paper Pilot Plant is located inside McCraken Hall on the ground floor.
  6. To park, turn left near the docks and a parking space will appear designated for paper pilot plant customers only. Please park in front of a dock door and plant staff will give you a parking pass to hang on your rearview mirror. If this spot is occupied, park in the same area and the plant staff will direct you to an alternative parking space.
 

Coating Plant

COATING PILOT PLANT
WMU Parkview Campus

4651 Campus Drive • Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5441
{ Google Map }  

  1. On US-131 (north of I-94), take exit #36A, Stadium Drive.
    • From US-131 south, turn right onto Stadium Drive.
    • From US-131 north, exit #36A merges onto Stadium Drive.
  2. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Drake Road.
  3. At the next traffic light, go straight through and enter WMU's Parkview Campus.
  4. Turn right onto Engineering Drive West, the fourth driveway.
  5. Just past the square gray building on your left, turn left, drive to the end and park along the back edge of the larger gray building (no brick) and park.
  6. Ring the green door bell located to the left of the dock door. Pilot plant personnel will provide you with a parking pass to hang on the rearview mirror of your car.
 

Printing Plant

PRINTING PILOT PLANT
Welborn Hall, WMU Main Campus

2508 West Michigan Ave • Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5362
{ Google Map }  

  1. On US-131 (north of I-94), take exit #36A, Stadium Drive.
    • From US-131 south, turn right onto Stadium Drive.
    • From US-131 north, exit #36A merges onto Stadium Drive.
  2. Continue to Howard Street (fourth traffic light after US-131) and make a left turn at the Howard Street light.
  3. Go through the next traffic light and turn right into a large parking lot just after the small strip mall on your right.
  4. Welborn Hall is straight ahead.
  5. Parking - park in any space designated as an "R" space to the right of the dock area.  Pilot Plant staff will provide you with a parking pass.
 

FROM KALAMAZOO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  1. Leave the airport by turning right onto Portage Road.
  2. At the light just beyond highway I-94 overpass, turn right and merge onto west bound I-94.
  3. At Exit #74, turn north onto US-131. At the next Exit #36A, turn east onto Stadium Drive.
  4. Continue to your destination by following the plant-specific directions above.