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Western Michigan University Frostic School of Visual Arts Kohrman Hall Renovation

Kalamazoo, MI United States



Project Description

The Kohrman Hall renovation contained two components including a complete reconfiguration of its south wing for School of Art studios and the renovation of its central wing into 11 state-of-the-art classrooms for general university use.

Together, the south wing and the Richmond Center for Visual Arts (RCVA) provide a new and completely integrated home for the Western Michigan University School of Art. Along with the renovation, a bridge connection between the south wing and the RCVA was constructed to link studios and galleries.

Kohrman Hall houses studio and teaching space for the art school programs such as ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. The design creates dedicated studio spaces designed to serve specific program needs, while providing flexible classrooms, critique spaces and collaborative studios that are shared by students and faculty of various programs. State-of-the-art mechanical systems were designed to address environmental issues associated with the art processes. Electrical, telecommunications and audio visual systems were completely upgraded to create interactive learning environments.


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Western Michigan University Frostic School of Visual Arts Kohrman Hall Renovation
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    Slobodan Varga, Designer; Christopher Purdy, Project Manager; Johanna Cameron, Designer; Terry Guitar, Project Architect; Paul Urbanek, Designer; Kevin Shultis, Principal-in-Charge; Robert Quinn, Structural Engineer; David Kistler, Mechanical Engineer; Mohamad Jaber, Electrical Engineer.
  • Construction Manager: CSM Group 
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    190,000 sq ft
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