In the basement of WMU’s Eldridge Hall, movers packed bound volumes under the supervision of Western Michigan University archivist Sharon Carlson.
This summer, all 30,000 cubic feet of documents, photographs, government records, letters and diaries, as well as 100,000 volumes worth of books, serials and bound volumes are being moved to their new $8.7 million home, the Zhang Legacy Collections Center on Calhoun St. on the Oakland Drive campus.
The Zhang has been designed to LEED Silver specifications: In addition to the geothermal system, it also features LED lighting, underground storm water retention, rain gardens with native plantings and low “e” glass. Materials were sourced within 500 miles, said Matthew Brecker, site manager for the Christman Company, and 95 percent of waste was recycled on the project.
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