Supply chain issues delay opening of new WMU student center


KALAMAZOO, MI — Western Michigan University’s new student center will not open this fall as planned, WMU announced Friday, June 3.

Due to global supply chain issues and a tight labor market, the opening of the new student center and dining center is postponed to January 2023, spokeswoman Paula Davis said in a statement. Press.

The center was originally scheduled to open this fall, but is delayed due to problems with the beams, Davis said.

The design and construction officials have determined that there are beams that require additional fortification. Delivery of needed building materials is being delayed due to supply chain issues, Davis said.

In the meantime, the existing Bernhard Center will continue to serve as a student center. Originally slated for demolition this year, the Bernhard Center also houses a dining hall, computer lab, Bronco Shopping Center, Student Organization Center, Bronco ID Office and Bookstore, which was once a track bowling open to students of the Bernhard center. lower level.

The Bernhard Center was built in 1957. The three-story building measures approximately 239,464 square feet in total, according to FMU Facility Records.

Related: After 65 years as a hub for students, the Bernhard Center in West Michigan will be demolished

University leaders will share more information about the new student center with the campus community no later than September, or as information becomes available, she said.

The new student center will be a three-story building with restaurants, shops, gathering spaces, lounges, and even an on-campus brewery.

Along with a wide selection of food and beverages, the center will also include the campus bookstore, a PNC bank branch, a FedEx shipping and printing store, the admissions welcome center, a commuter resource center , a bedroom for parents, a games room, 12 meeting rooms, a student art gallery, seven lounge areas and a meditation room.

The university opened the student center in September 2019. The project is part of the university’s plans to transform the south side of campus, now named Hilltop Village.

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