Project Description


Western Michigan University

OCBA has a long history of working at Western Michigan University (WMU), dating back to the 1960’s when a master plan for Goldsworth Valley was prepared by Robert L. O’Boyle & Associates, the predecessor to OCBA.  We have worked both as a subconsultant and directly for the University on dozens of projects in the main campus over the last 40 years.  Some of the more recent large projects that we have completed are briefly described below.

The Western Michigan University Alumni Fountain was installed in an existing pedestrian plaza that lacked interest and did not meet the needs of the University.  The idea for the fountain was developed by the University Administration and OCBA was given the responsibility for the design.  OCBA worked closely with WMU and contractors during construction to coordinate placement of all elements.

OCBA served as a consultant to Smith, Hinchman & Grylls for the landscape and site design of the University and Gary Center arena.  OCBA worked closely with SH&G and WMU in the major renovation of the field house and intramural activities building.  OCBA also assisted WMU with the placement of the new Bronco statue.

OCBA teamed with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTC&H) to develop a new west entry to the WMU campus.  A new roundabout with a pedestrian underpass provides for the smooth flow of vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian safety.

OCBA was a subconsultant to TMP to complete the landscape and irrigation site improvements associated with an addition to Brown Hall at WMU.  All design work and specifications were done in a manner that would qualify the project to earn available points for LEED certification.

OCBA coordinated with the Smith Group to integrate the site and building design for the Richmond Center for Visual Arts.  The site design includes an area for exterior display of rotating sculpture combined with a storm water storage and infiltration system below.  As part of this project, OCBA also developed improvements adjacent to Kohrman Hall, and studied the entrance to campus between Kohrman and Faunce Halls.

OCBA coordinated with Holabird & Root to integrate the new Chemistry Building into the heart of WMU’s campus.  FTC&H and OCBA worked together to coordinate the site design with utilities and enhancements to the storm water management system for the project area.  OCBA provided final site construction documents, including drawings and technical specifications, and construction administration services.

OCBA worked directly for the University to design the redevelopment of the Dalton Promenade to create a stronger connection through the heart of campus, and to integrate both barrier free access and storm water management improvements.  OCBA also studied the re-development of Miller Plaza as an extension of the Dalton Promenade project, and provided several preliminary design alternatives for proposed improvements.  In addition, OCBA assisted FTC&H with preparation of storm water system enhancement and site development documents for six sites on the main campus, and study and review of the storm water model for another area.