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The evolution of CMU’s oldest building

Grawn Hall celebrates 100th anniversary

Contact: Heather Smith


​​​​​​Grawn Hall, the oldest building on the Central Michigan University campus, turns 100 July 8.

Since it opened July 8, 1915, Grawn Hall has endured two fires and undergone several additions and renovations — prospering through it all. Early on, the building housed the university's science programs but it would eventually become the home of the College of Business Administration.

Heading into the future, Grawn Hall will receive its largest upgrade yet. A $10.8 million project including the renovation of 16,200 square feet of existing space and a two-story, 6,600-square-foot addition, will breathe new life into this iconic CMU building. As the university continues to evolve with new students and developing technologies, Grawn Hall will likely continue to follow suit to keep up with an ever-changing world.

Read more about Grawn Hall's evolution and where it is headed.


Grawn 100 infographic


Reprinted from Exchange Spring 2015

July 8, 1915, marked the dedication and beginning of CMU’s Grawn Hall.

Now, nearly 100 years to that date, CMU is gearing up Grawn to grow the next generation of business leaders.

The College of Business Administration has launched a $5.8 million fundraising initiative that will invigorate the historic structure and enhance the learning environment for the 4,200 business students on campus.

Renovation highlights for the 16,200 square feet of existing space include a new student success center, student collaboration spaces and technology upgrades to current classrooms.

Other improvements include a 6,600-square-foot, two-story addition on its west side, complete with a gracious new entryway and multifunctional space for lectures, events and group study.

The enhancements to Grawn Hall and the College of Business Administration, which has nationally and globally leading programs such as sales, logistics and information systems, are expected to cost $10.8 million. CMU will match all funds raised, up to $5 million, to facilitate this renovation.

Completion of the project is targeted for August 2017.

Naming opportunities, which range from $5,000 to more than $1 million, are available. These include:

  • A two-story atrium, which will serve as a modern entryway and spacious student-centered learning space;
  • The student success center, which will offer inviting office and conference room space for business student advisors;
  • A number of study spaces, which will be dedicated for collaborative work among business students and faculty; and
  • Classroom spaces, which accommodate day-to-day instructional activities, will be fully mediated with technology upgrades.

Creating a culture of engagement

Fly through Grawn Hall and see how we’re building for the future, which is grounded in our iconic past. Watch this renovation become a reality for our current and future Business Chippewas

​​Related links:
College of Business Administration
CMU to modernize, expand business college​
CMU trustees consider improvements to Grawn Hall​


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