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Sangren Hall included in Senate capital funding

Dec. 9, 2006

KALAMAZOO---After years on Western Michigan University's list of top building priorities, a project to renovate Sangren Hall moved closer to reality when the Michigan Senate approved a capital outlay bill that includes authorization for the first phase of the $52-million project.

Michigan Senate Bill 1081 passed Dec. 7 and includes an amendment developed by Sen. Tom George of Kalamazoo. The amendment authorizes the University to begin the planning phase of reconstruction for the building that is home to WMU's College of Education. The 43-year-old structure is one of WMU's major classroom buildings.

The bill still must still be approved by the Michigan House and signed by the governor.

"Sangen Hall is home to our oldest college and is our primary location for educating the young people who will teach in Michigan's K-12 classrooms," said Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, WMU's interim president. "It is structurally sound but in dire need of renovation to modernize it and allow us to provide the best possible technical instruction for these young professionals. We are pleased and grateful that Sen. George recognized the importance of this project and gave it his support with the amendment he proposed."

The Sangren Hall project has been a University construction priority for more than a decade. The 200,000-square-foot building is at the heart of the WMU campus and its lecture halls and classrooms are used by a number of departments in and out of the College of Education.

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

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