Program Manager Ellen Kuhlmann

Space Administration & Management Moves to CPD

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Kuhlmann has joined our team as the Program Manager for Space Administration & Management (SAM) as those functions move to Capital Planning & Development. The move brings the campus planning group under a single umbrella, aligning efforts and creating more efficient processes. Ellen will continue to work closely with the Provost and Registrar to ensure all space needs are being met.

As the Space Analyst for SAM, Ellen has visited just about every room on campus outside the residence halls. She conducted a survey of all academic and administrative rooms soon after joining Western in 2013. The survey strengthened the integrity of Western's space data while providing Ellen a stellar education of the university’s built environment. In addition to coordination of institutional moves, the shared management of Western’s classrooms, and analysis of space data, Ellen co-led a team that developed a 6-year plan to upgrade all the General University Classrooms and led the Academic Space Modeling and Capital Plan task force.

Ellen’s expertise and deep understanding of Western’s physical environment will help guide the space modeling process to meet strategic goals as Western moves toward a new Institutional Master Plan and will support development of ten-year Capital Plans and biennial Capital Budget Requests.

In addition to her work at Western, Ellen is a trained botanist and co-author of the book Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest. She has a background in fire ecology, rare plant research, and plant community ecology.  

Multi-talented and creative, Ellen has a central role in planning to meet Western’s space needs and ensuring current spaces are used wisely. Please join us in welcoming her to Capital Planning & Development.


Carver Renovation Achieves LEED Gold

People entering Carver gym for Viking Madness

The Carver Academic Renovation project, completed in August 2017, has just been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. The building and site designs maximize open space and emphasize comfortable and healthy interior spaces for building occupants.

Sustainable features include LED lighting throughout the facility, a green roof at the second level, motion sensor lighting control, recycling and reuse of materials, energy use optimization, use of green power, low flow water fixtures, water efficient landscape design, variable speed motors, low VOC materials, reuse of an existing facility, and a comprehensive alternative transportation plan.

Multicultural Center Wins Award of Excellence

MCC at dusk from across High Street

Western’s Multicultural Center, new home of the Ethnic Student Center, AS Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers, and Multicultural Student Services, has won an Award of Excellence from the Association of College Unions International. The expansion combined the Multicultural Center, Viking Union, Bookstore, Multipurpose Room and KUGS within one building that honors and supports the University’s growing diverse population and engages the campus to better understand multiple cultures.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on this remarkable, collaborative project!

Association of College Unions International Award of Excellence project description