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    National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Automotive Education Center

    The building was constructed through contributions from members of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In addition to classrooms, offices and its service as a leading conference and meeting center on campus, NADA also houses Northwood's on-campus hotel facilities with full meeting and catering services. NADA has 31 residence and hotel rooms in the main building and in the R. Gary Stauffer wing. Special packages are available for frequent guests. The hotel and catering facilities are open to the public.



    National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Automotive Education Center and The Ford Courtyard Alden B. Dow, architect. Ground breaking October 16, 1971; dedicated May 18, 1973; Ford Courtyard dedicated October 4, 1996; Commons dedicated October 20, 2004.

    Constructed through the contributions of members of the National Automobile Dealers Association, with whom Northwood has shared a unique and long partnership, "NADA" houses an on-campus hotel, classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a kitchen, dining facilities and is one of the key public meeting spaces utilized by campus and community.

    The striking building features a floor to ceiling window in its main meeting hall, backdrop to frequent campus gatherings. Northwood's campus catering service also is headquartered at NADA, as are faculty offices for the automotive areas of the university.

    Class and meeting rooms at NADA have been named to honor individuals and groups who led in the building efforts: (Karl) Story Board Room, the Weise classroom and rooms named for Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Detroit dealer groups.

    In 1996 an addition was made to the building, dedicated and named for Northwood co-founder R. Gary Stauffer. The addition of the Stauffer wing created an interior courtyard for the NADA building which has been strikingly landscaped through a gift from The Ford Motor Company.

    The Ford Courtyard is the scene of many campus celebrations. In October 2004 the lower lobby function area at NADA was renamed the (Dr.) Jack F. Sanders Trustee Commons and dedicated to this founding Northwood trustee from Alma, Michigan.

    Quick Facts:

    Guest Rooms: 30 
    Guest Suites: 1 
    Floors: 2
    Meeting Rooms: 3 
    Check In: 3:00 p.m. | Check Out: 11:00 a.m.
    Cancellation Time: 24 hrs

    Accepted Payment: Visa | Mastercard | Discover | American Express

    NADA Details

    The NADA Hotel is a non-smoking facility. Our guests also have access to our fitness center throughout their stay. The University also has a caterer available capable of catering simple parties, bountiful buffets, elegant dinners, or elaborate events.

    Facilities and Services

    • Weddings
      • Host wedding receptions for up to 200 guests.
      • Host rehearsal dinners.
      • Host wedding showers.
      • Full catering menu.
      • Large reception area accommodate guests.
      • Colored linens to match weddings colors.
      • Convenient hotel accommodations for you and your guests.
      • Landscaped outdoor courtyard for photos.
    • Meetings
      • Host meetings for 20 to 200 people.
      • Three meeting rooms available for break out sessions and small meetings.
      • Luncheon catering available.
      • Technology resources.
      • Complete planning and details arranged by NADA staff.
    • Free Parking
    • High Speed/Wireless Internet Access

    Thank you for inquiring about Northwood University's conference and event services. One of our staff members will follow-up with you soon.

    Contact Information

    Northwood University Catering
    4000 Whiting Drive
    Midland, MI 48640
    Phone: 989.837.4284 
    Fax: 989.837.4245


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