Phase 2 is in the planning stage, with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber and OCBA Landscape Architects as the engineering/design team. Western Michigan University and Oshtemo Township are partners in the development.
The focus of both phases of the BTR Park is on the development of mutually beneficial relationships that involve resident businesses, the University and the Kalamazoo community. The private-sector firms that locate at the park are recruited from three key business sectors—life sciences, advanced engineering and information technology.
BTR Park 2 is located on WMU’s Parkview Campus, which also is the home of WMU’s highly regarded College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The proximity to the college and the University’s campuswide commitment to the three areas of focus mean opportunities abound for businesses to interact and partner with the faculty and students of one of the nation’s largest major research universities. The collaborations that result can range from initiatives in manufacturing engineering to the development of new products in the pharmaceutical arena.
The Parkview Campus sits along U.S. 131 just north of the I-94 interchange. It is located about 3.5 miles from WMU’s main campus and approximately five miles from downtown Kalamazoo.