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Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership : Kalamazoo College Building

Kalamazoo College Building, Michigan, USA – design by Studio Gang Architects

Sep 13, 2012

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College

Design: Studio Gang Architects

Location: 205 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI, United States of America

Studio Gang to Break Ground on Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College

KALAMAZOO, MI (September 13, 2012) — Studio Gang Architects and Kalamazoo College will ceremoniously break ground on a new campus building to house the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership on October 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Construction groundbreaking could begin prior to that date.

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Set to be completed in Fall 2013, the 10,000 sf Arcus Center, which is targeting LEED Gold certification, will be the world’s first purpose-built structure for social justice leadership development: a study, meeting, and event space where students, faculty, visiting scholars, social justice leaders, and members of the public will come together to engage in conversation and activities aimed at creating a more just world.

The architecture of the Arcus Center supports its important mission and work in multiple ways. Organized as a welcoming crossroads for convening, the building is sited to engage its three immediate contexts—the college campus, a residential neighborhood, and an old-growth grove of trees—by drawing their topography into the building and outwardly projecting the activities taking place within through transparent façades.

The gently curving walls connecting these façades are constructed with wood masonry, a regional, traditional building method that incorporates local, sustainably harvested white cedar. This is the first instance that this building technique, which is both low-carbon and highly insulating, has been employed for a project at an institutional scale.

Studio Gang Architects
(, founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in 1997, is a collective of architects, designers, and thinkers whose work confronts pressing contemporary issues. The studio acts as a lab for testing ideas on varying scales: from cities to environments to material properties. Studio Gang’s work has been honored and exhibited widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, MoMA, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kalamazoo College
(, founded in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1833, is a nationally recognized liberal arts college and the creator of the K-Plan that emphasizes rigorous scholarship, learning by practice, leadership development, and international and intercultural engagement. Kalamazoo College does more in four years, so students can do more in a lifetime.

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
( is a new initiative by Kalamazoo College, launched in 2009 with support from the Arcus Foundation ( Supporting Kalamazoo College’s mission to prepare its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world, the Arcus Center will develop new leaders and sustain existing leaders in the field of human rights and social justice.

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Studio Gang Architects

Address: Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, 205 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006, United States
Phone: +1 269-337-7398

Location: Kalamazoo College, 205 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

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