Since the 2022-23 school year, Eastern Michigan University’s campus has been home to multiple construction projects. Ranging from renovation to demolition, here are five projects under development.
1. Lakeview Apartments
Included in the $200 million Welcome Home 2025 Plan, Lakeview Apartments will be one of two new student housing developments. The apartments will overlook Big Bob’s lakehouse and include 700 beds. The apartments are expected to be open to students in the fall of 2024.
2. Westview Apartments
Similar to Lakeview Apartments, Westview Apartments will be the second addition to student housing. Located by Rynearson Stadium and the George Gervin GamAbove Center, Westview Apartments will feature 120 units and 300 beds. The apartments will also open fall 2024.
3. Downing Hall
The Welcome Home Plan also included the renovation of five student housing buildings, one of them being Downing Hall. Some of the new additions to the building included central air conditioning, electronic key door locks, a prayer room, and updated communal spaces. The home of the Honors College finished renovations and opened to students this semester.
4. First-Year Halls
The renovations also addressed the first-year housing complex. Walton and Putnam closed down during the 2022-23 school year as part of the Welcome Home Plan. After finishing renovations, the two buildings opened for the 2023-24 school year. The changes included central air conditioning, improved Wi-Fi coverage, electronic key door locks, and updated communal spaces. Sellers and Phelps in turn have now closed for the year and will open in the fall of 2024.
5. Jones-Goddard Hall
The school will tear down older buildings to open space for new additions. Jones-Goddard Hall, which was used as student housing from 1955 to 2005, will be removed and replaced with a green space. Located by Sill Hall, the demolition of Jones-Goddard is part of a $40 million plan to grow the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology.
The University also has plans to close down and demolish the following halls by the 2024-25 school year: Best Hall, Brown Hall, Munson Hall, Buell Hall, Hill Hall, Hoyt Hall, Pittman Hall, and the old Westview Apartments.