Dowagiac, Michigan


8,000 sf.

Completed Date


The Alumni Development Renovation features the college’s new History Gallery. The existing community meeting room was upgraded and expanded for increased capacity. An adjacent room is transformed into the Alumni Center, with an office for the Director of Alumni Development, a college history gallery, and an area to present donor opportunities.  A large-scale mural and brick flooring unite this space with the Alumni Plaza.

Additionally created is a new campus bookstore with ‘Beak Squad’ tech support. The existing bookstore at Southwestern Michigan College had outgrown its space, and the college desired to relocate it to a more prominent location on campus.  Capturing underutilized space within an existing building, Arkos Design planned a new bookstore that meets the current needs while also allowing for growth and flexibility in the future.  The new bookstore becomes the first impression for visitors, as well as serving students’ needs for books, supplies, merchandise, electronics, and tech support.  The ‘Beak Squad’ area is a main feature and greatly expanded from its previous location, embracing the migration from textbooks to computers, tablets, and electronic media.

Key Features

  • New bookstore with college merchandise displays
  • ‘Beak Squad’ tech support desk and electronics displays
  • Alumni Development Renovation and SMC history gallery
  • Renovated and enlarged multi-purpose conference room
  • Updated finishes in lobby and corridors

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