Tech Tour Day Seven: Pictures from Western Michigan University

KALAMAZOO — The Engineering Society of Detroit’s 2015 Fall Tech Tour visited Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Thursday.

Enjoy these pictures from the visit, which featured an exclusive tour of WMU’s new Heritage Hall, the former East Hall on its historic East Campus.

The Tech Tour is sponsored by Michigan Technological University

WMU's new Heritage Hall, the former East Hall after a $24 million renovation. It's intended as an alumni and community center.
WMU’s new Heritage Hall, the former East Hall after a $24 million renovation. It’s intended as an alumni and community center.
The front portico of North Hall was saved almost as a historic sculpture as part of the project.
The front portico of North Hall was saved almost as a historic sculpture as part of the project.
Heritage Hall's windows were custom made to mimic the originals, while also employing modern energy efficiency features like low-E double pane glass.
Heritage Hall’s windows were custom made to mimic the originals, while also employing modern energy efficiency features like low-E double pane glass.
LED lighting will light up the building at night.
LED lighting will light up the building at night.
Historic displays line Heritage Hall's corridors. This one shows all the seals that have been used by WMU since its 1903 founding.
Historic displays line Heritage Hall’s corridors. This one shows all the seals that have been used by WMU since its 1903 founding.

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This counter will be a cafe and coffee bar on the main level of Heritage Hall.
This counter will be a cafe and coffee bar on the main level of Heritage Hall.
WMU alumni and development staff check out their new view of Kalamazoo from the top of Prospect Hill, looking east.
WMU alumni and development staff check out their new view of Kalamazoo from the top of Prospect Hill, looking east.
The ashes of WMU's first president are interred at Heritage Hall. This part of the building was not disturbed during the renovation.
The ashes of WMU’s first president are interred at Heritage Hall. This part of the building was not disturbed during the renovation.

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Heritage Hall's 1903 Room features a restored seven-ton fireplace from nearby North Hall.
Heritage Hall’s 1903 Room features a restored seven-ton fireplace from nearby North Hall.

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Apparently, beanies were once all the rage for incoming WMU freshmen.
Apparently, beanies were once all the rage for incoming WMU freshmen.
These unique LED lighting fixtures are used in office spaces throughout Heritage Hall.
These unique LED lighting fixtures are used in office spaces throughout Heritage Hall.
Marble from North Hall was reused throughout Heritage Hall, including in this recycling center.
Marble from North Hall was reused throughout Heritage Hall, including in this recycling center.
This display depicts international students at WMU.
This display depicts international students at WMU.
East Hall's original stairway was reused in the renovation -- although it was raised a foot or so to meet modern building safety codes.
East Hall’s original stairway was reused in the renovation — although it was raised a foot or so to meet modern building safety codes.
This display depicts the seven presidents of WMU since its 1903 founding.
This display depicts the seven presidents of WMU since its 1903 founding.
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This display depicts some of WMU’s sports history. Personally, I like the classic 1960s bucking bronco logo the best.
Heritage Hall's ballroom has a capacity of 180...
Heritage Hall’s ballroom has a capacity of 180…
...and this million-dollar view.
…and this million-dollar view.

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One of several boardroom spaces in Heritage Hall.
One of several boardroom spaces in Heritage Hall.
The table hasn't yet arrived for this boardroom.
The table hasn’t yet arrived for this boardroom.

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This display depicts WMU's rapid growth after World War II.
This display depicts WMU’s rapid growth after World War II.
Massood Zandi Atashbar with samples of printed electronics in his laboratory at WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Massood Zandi Atashbar with samples of printed electronics in his laboratory at WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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