Existing Conditions

The following illustrates the existing conditions of Kalamazoo College as of 2022 including building footprints; heights and gross floor area; land and building uses; and existing roads, sidewalks, parking, and general landscape features.

Existing Campus Plan

The 45-acre campus is situated on the side of a hill on the western edge of downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to the main campus, a 22-acre outdoor athletic facility is remotely located several blocks to the southwest. The college also owns approximately 140 acres of land in Oshtemo Township 6 miles west of campus. This land was not included in the Planning Process.

Landlocked by stable residential neighborhoods, most of which are located in various historic districts, K College currently has limited opportunities to expand the campus boundary. Adjacency to Western Michigan University, however, affords potential for sharing of resources and collaboration.

Bordered by busy streets, safety and connectivity are campus concerns shared by neighbors. The City’s Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 planning efforts to redesign streets create the opportunity for K College to enhance it’s campus edges and strengthen connections.

The campus structures of K College were constructed in varying interpretations of Georgian architecture with newer facilities taking on a more contemporary style. The academic core of the campus is organized around a well-defined campus green. Of the 24 primary buildings on K’s campus, several of them are located around the historic academic core. The physical connections of campus breakdown to the north.

Academy Street bisects campus and plays an important role in K’s daily culture. The two-way street pattern provides for vehicular access into campus as well as local neighbors passing through. It also forms the main campus gateway as it intersects W. Michigan Avenue creating a poor arrival experience.

Additional information regarding K’s facilities can be found in the following sections.

Campus map with buildings and streets identified. Borders are drawn to indicate the Stuart Historic district, the South Street Historic District, Western Michigan University, and Monroe and Lovell residential neighborhoods.,
Kalamazoo College Campus

Building Analysis

NumberNameStoriesMax HeightGross Area
1Admissions Center230.0’6,100 sf
2Anderson Athletic Center239.3’47,054 sf
3Athletic Complex Fieldhouse244.5’25,480 sf
4Arcus Center for Social Justice118.0’10,000 sf
5Carriage House1.520.0’1,338 sf
6Crissey Residence Hall444.0’31,228 sf
7DeWaters Residence Hall559.1′33,155 sf
8Dewing Hall464.9’46,374 sf
9Dow Science Center362.6’62,500 sf
10Fitness & Wellness Center2150’28,842 sf
11Facilities Management Building225.6’18,350 sf
12Harmon Residence Hall342.2’35,582 sf
13Hoben Residence Hall340.6’28,034 sf
14Hicks / Wells Student Center243.6’78,000 sf
15Hodge House (President’s House)231.9’5,950 sf
16Humphrey House238.0’6,000 sf
17Light Fine Arts341.7’73,000 sf
18Living / Learning House227.2’1,750 sf
19Living / Learning House227.2’1,880 sf
20Living / Learning House227.2’1,750 sf
21Living / Learning House230.2’2,010 sf
22Living / Learning House227.2’1,880 sf
23Living / Learning House220.8’1,750 sf
24Living / Learning House231.7’1,880 sf
25Maintenance Building118.9’3,018 sf
26Mandelle Administration342.7’27,441 sf
27Markin Racquet Center134.2’35,000 sf
28Natatorium2136’29,606 sf
29Olds / Upton Science Hall365.6’58,979 sf
30Severn Residence Hall442.6’30,390 sf
31Stadium Services Building233.4′4,515 sf
32Steam Plant120.0’3,500 sf
33Stetson Chapel1116.5’9,113 sf
34Storage Building114.9’2,068 sf
35Trowbridge Residence Hall450.9’56,305 sf
36Upjohn Library Commons349.1101,000 sf
37Visitors Restrooms115.2’398 sf
38812 Academy St. Residence224.6’3,530 sf
39818 Academy St. Residence231.2’3,190 sf
401324 Academy St. Residence226.5’1,710 sf
41115 Bulkley St. Residence226.3’2,620 sf
42129 Bulkley St. Residence226.2’2,150 sf
43133 Bulkley St. Residence231.6’2,750 sf
44139 Bulkley St. Residence229.0’2,340 sf
45114 Catherine St. Residence229.5’3,480 sf
46116 Catherine St. Residence226.7’2,750 sf
47143 Monroe St. Residence229.5’1,710 sf
48204 Stanwood St. Residence223.0’1,404 sf
49208 Stanwood St. Residence223.0’1,421 sf
Total Gross Building Area940,275 sf
Campus map with buildings identified by number found in table above.

Campus Front Door

The designated entry at Academy and W. Michigan is confusing to visitors. Also the first impression along Academy is of building backs, utility lines and the rail road.

  • There does not exist a visible “front door” to campus.
  • Improve entry sequence from W. Michigan Avenue.
  • Entry signage / gateways could be enhanced
The corner of Academy St and Stadium Drive
The corner of Academy St and Stadium Drive

Looking West on Academy street from Stadium Drive, showing railroad tracks and the side of the fitness center
Looking West on Academy street from Stadium Drive, showing railroad tracks and the side of the fitness center

Campus Edges

  • Campus edges are not well defined, N, S, E and W.
  • The campus is hidden from the outside.
  • Identification banners are located on the interior of campus but not along the public edges.
  • Where does campus begin and end?
  • There is opportunity along Lovell for image enhancement/ visibility.
  • West Main Street has fast moving traffic which is a significant barrier to the north campus edge.
  • W. Michigan Avenue is fast moving and wide. Cannot cross in one light.
  • Opportunities to improve connectivity and safety of crossing.
Looking westward on Lovell just west of Stadium. Photo shows lack of signage or College identity.
Looking westward on Lovell just west of Stadium (the southern campus boundary). Photo shows lack of signage or College identity.
Looking westward on West Michigan at Catherine Street (the northern campus boundary). Photo shows lack of signage or College identity

Campus Quad

  • Wonderful scale.
  • Mature trees / tall canopy.
  • Beautifully maintained.
  • Well-defined campus center.
  • Buildings strongly engage.
  • Topography may inhibit interaction.

A person walks along a sidewalk adjacent to a campus building facing out onto the grassy, treed quad.

he Hicks Student center and Welles Dining Hall face north toward the open, grassy, treed quad.
The Hicks Student Center and Welles Dining Hall

Northeast Quadrant

  • For many visitors to K, this area of campus is the first they will experience, yet it is perhaps the weakest physically and aesthetically.
  • The buildings in this area are in many ways different from those in the historic core of campus.
  • The buildings are, in general, larger in scale with few windows therefore limited transparency of function.
  • Facilities like Anderson and Markin are stylistically out of sync with the Georgian style that proliferates campus whereas, in the historic core, buildings connect and interact; these seem isolated and lack connectivity
The back of the Fitness/Wellness Center, one of the first views for visitors entering from the Northeast
The back of the Fitness/Wellness Center, one of the first views for visitors entering from the Northeast
The back of the Light Fine Arts and Dow Science buildings from the parking lot between the Humphrey House and the tennis courts
The back of the Light Fine Arts and Dow Science buildings from the parking lot between the Humphrey House and the tennis courts

The “Grove”

  • The “Grove” is an area of untapped potential.
  • It has a wonderful scale and provides a good transition from campus to community.
  • The small theme housing along Monroe and Lovell is a great scale and fits well in the neighborhood.
  • These facilities do, however, require consistent maintenance.
  • Potential for greater density to house more students.
  • Wooded area currently utilized by K’s composting program.
  • Potential opportunity to create a learning environment with an outdoor classroom and educational signage to support current and future programming of the space.
A wooded path, compost bins, and a sign that reads "welcome to the grove"
The Grove
Grove Houses along Monroe
Grove houses
The Arcus Center building
Arcus Center

Academy Street

  • The street serves as the primary campus organizing element.
  • Academy Street is center of campus activity for both vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Some traffic calming measures would increase the connectivity of north and south campus.
  • The red brick street is a signature of K and should be included on other areas of campus where possible.
  • Potential for rerouting the street to create a more regular intersection with W. Michigan Avenue and a stronger gateway moment.
Students cross Academy street at Thompson.
Students cross Academy street at Thompson.
Dewing Hall on Academy Street
Dewing Hall on Academy Street

Land and Building Use

  • The Academic Core is generally organized around the corner of Thompson and Academy.
  • Housing is generally at the perimeter but not accessible from the campus core.
  • Athletic / Recreation buildings are colocated in the northeast portion of campus.
  • The athletic fields, while a few blocks away, are also grouped together.
  • Hicks Center is in a good location central to most student housing.
Campus map indicating build use by color: Administration/Support; Academic; Athletics; Housing; and Student life
Building Use

Parking and Loading

2Crissey / Severn 91
3Lower Fine Arts 46
4Humphrey House 3
5Upper Fine Arts48
6Trowbridge 50
7Living / Learning House Driveways 8
8DeWaters 10
9aOlds – Upton – Accessible 1
10Anderson / Facilities Management69
10aAnderson – Accessible2
11Acker Lane46
Total Off-Street482
Academy Street 74
Catherine Street14
Bulkley Street11
Lovell Street26
Monroe Street12
Thompson Street22
Total On-Street 159
Total Parking Available549
Campus map showing parking lots numbered as in table above. Shading differentiates parking from vehicular circulation. Loading areas are identified.