Andrews University was established in 1874. For over a century, the university has strategically developed a campus rich with historical buildings nestled in a wooded environment. So when they decided to expand their center for many of their Arts and Sciences departments, the university hired the Troyer Group of Mishawaka, Indiana to design what would become Buller Hall, which would include an amphitheater-style classroom, a small chapel, a student lounge, academic departmental lobbies with fireplaces, and many classrooms. The Hall would act as an extension of their 60-year-old Nethery Hall. They needed to maintain the historical campus look while providing their students a bright, inviting, and comfortable place to learn. The door entrances also needed to look new and inviting, but with a historical flare. The design also needed to be energy efficient, but still allow natural light to fill the interior, creating an inviting place to learn and mingle. The combined efforts of Troyer Group, CSM Group of Kalamazoo (project Managers), Midwest Glass of Stevensville, Michigan, and Cross Aluminum completed this task by using our WS-500-FG and FL-400 series doors, T14000 series arched framing, glazed with insulated glass/muntins. The finish was a two coat Kynar 70% bone white finish.
Also on the campus of Andrews is the campus church, Pioneer Memorial Church. It has served the university and community for over 60 years. In the 90’s, the church was outgrowing its original structure and needed to expand. It was important that the addition didn’t distract from the original design, featuring straight simple lines sprinkled with gothic arches, stone and masonry artistry. The new addition used a combination of Cross Aluminum FL-400-gothic arch visionlites and MS-400-FG doors with T-14000 series framing in a clear anodized finish. These entrances still function and look like the day they were installed over thirty years ago.
In 2019, the University decided it wanted to provide a place where the community, its students and faculty would be able to develop and maintain physical, spiritual, and mental health. They hired Design Collaborative Architects and Engineers of Fort Wayne, Indiana to start drawing up plans for the Andreasen Center for Wellness. The center would house a complete work out center, gymnasium with three full courts, indoor salt water Olympic sized pool, whirlpool, dry sauna, 1/11 mile elevated running track with two lanes, group fitness/health classrooms. The center needed to have large open concept with lots of nature daylight to encourage community and health. Weigand Construction served as the construction manager to ensure this vision came to fruition. Again, Midwest Glass of Stevensville, Michigan and Cross Aluminum partnered to deliver all the doors and storefronts. To provide the feeling of large and open concept, oversized WST-500 and WS-500 doors would open into the large main lobby surrounded by large curtainwall units leading to the entrances of the different sections of the center-learning center, aquatic center, workout center, and gymnasium. The storefronts and curtainwall units’ transom lites were uniquely divided to give the center a look that blends well with the rest of the campus.
The Andreasen Center for Wellness facility is absolutely beautiful inside and out. All the natural light strategically enters the building and illuminates every corner of the facility, giving an uplifting feel. This facility can accommodate hundreds of observers and participants during competitive and social events hosted in the community. Cross Aluminum was proud to partner with the the university, the designers, and the trades involved in the function of this facility for the local community.