WMU News

Engineering building rakes in awards

Oct. 28, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Parkview Campus complex housing the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences was a big winner when the West Michigan chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors met in Grand Rapids Oct. 19 for its annual construction awards program.

The building, which opened fall 2003, won the top award for Special Projects Under $100 million, with judges calling it "a showcase project" and noting outstanding attention to detail "evident throughout every space of this large project."

Individual parts of the construction project also won top awards in these categories: Electrical-Over $2 million, Mechanical-Over $10 million and Interior Finishing-over $500,000. The Christman Co. of Lansing, Mich., was general contractor for the project, and HarleyEllis of Detroit was the architect of record. WMU's campus architect, Evie Asken, was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of the university.

The 343,000-square-foot, two-story building is home to about 3,000 students in 18 baccalaureate, 11 master's and five doctoral programs.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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