Work has begun renovating an old federal building to become part of the Kendall College of Art and Design in the US.
The 91,000ft² extension will feature new classrooms, and studio and gallery space, and will open next year.
The $28.5m project is expected to achieve LEED certification, according to mlive.com.
The public-private partnership of Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design, the city of Grand Rapids and the Christman Corporation worked with the state of Michigan and Kent County to secure funding for the project.
The old federal building earlier served as a courthouse, a post office and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.