The WMU Trustees approved the creation of the Richmond Institute for Design and Innovation

Oriented towards collaboration, entrepreneurship and design thinking, the Richmond Institute for Design and Innovation will prepare students to be successful leaders and strategists. Through integration with local industry, students will also gain practical experience delivering design solutions to real-world problems, and they will be presented with opportunities for mentorship and networking with experts in the field. 

Central Kohrman Hall is currently being reinvented on the first and third floors to house the Richmond Institute for Product Design and Innovation. The first floor will include administrative offices, presentation spaces and workshops outfitted with cutting-edge tools and equipment, while the third floor will contain student studio areas. Renovations are scheduled to be completed and ready to welcome the second class of students in late August.