Grand Valley varsity selects architects for two construction projects in US
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Grand Valley varsity selects architects for two construction projects in US

04 Nov 2012

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in the US has selected architects and construction companies for two construction projects in Allendale totalling $77m.

Grand Valley varsity construction projects in US

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in the US has selected architects and construction companies for two construction projects in Allendale totalling $77m.

The first project is a $55m classroom/lab building, which will be constructed west of Padnos Hall and Henry Hall.

The 144,000ft² building will provide new classrooms, teaching and research labs, and faculty offices for the biology curriculum.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber will serve as the project architect/engineer while Pioneer Construction will be the construction manager for the project.

GVSU said the building will address long-term teaching and faculty office needs on the Allendale Campus and will support student and faculty research activities.

The project will be funded through a combination of sources, including state funding, university-issued bonds, and campus development funds.

Construction on the classroom/lab building is expected to start in August 2013 and complete in time for the 2015-16 academic year.

The second project is a $22m expansion and renovation of the Zumberge Library.

GVSU has selected VIA Design as the architect/engineer and Wolverine Building as construction manager for the project.

The renovation includes a 24,000ft² expansion to help house GVSU’s provost, human resources, finance and news and information departments in the new facility, which will be renamed the James H. Zumberge Hall.

GVSU’s new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons is scheduled to open in 2013.

The project will be funded through university-issued bonds and campus development funds.

Apart from the two projects, the university’s board of trustees approved further spending of $1.2m to purchase seven remaining properties near its Grand Rapids Cook-DeVos Health Sciences building on the Medical Mile for future expansion of its healthcare programmes.

Upon completion of land acquisitions, the university will own the city block between Hastings and Trowbridge streets and Prospect and Lafayette avenues, north of the Gerald R. Ford Expressway.


Image: The two construction projects include a $55m classroom/lab building and a $22m expansion and renovation of the Zumberge Library. Photo: Grand Valley State University.