College begins $70M project on Medical Mile


Courtesy GVSU

A local college has broken ground on a five-story health care education building on Medical Mile.

Grand Valley State University started construction last month on the $70-million facility in downtown Grand Rapids, at 333 Michigan St. NE, and revealed its name: the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health.

Construction is expected to be completed in May 2021.

The new 160,000-square-foot center will be the flagship building of GVSU’s downtown health campus, joining the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, at 301 Michigan St. NE, and Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, at 500 Lafayette Ave. NE. There is also a 1,260-space parking ramp underway at 335 Michigan St. NE, to be finished in May 2021.

The new building will house the Kirkhof College of Nursing and accommodate expanding undergraduate and graduate programs, with the ability to hold more than 1,500 students and staff.

The building will feature 15 classrooms and seminar rooms for 516 students, 14 interactive laboratories serving 480 students, 12 conference rooms with more than 160 seats, 22 study areas for more than 200 students, more than 80 offices, a relocated library and about 80 parking spaces underneath the building.

GVSU Provost Maria Cimitile said the center’s technology will include a virtual anatomy lab with 3-D modeling and imaging of the body and its organs.

The new health building will double the school’s simulation space, giving more room for interprofessional collaboration. Cimitile said the use of this type of space has increased by 100 percent over the past decade.

Forest Hills-based FTCH is the project’s architect. The contractor on the project is Grand Rapids-based Pioneer Construction.

The State of Michigan is providing $29 million for the $70-million project. The remaining funds are coming from private donors and university bonds. 

Dan DeVos said the groundbreaking ceremony was also a celebration of his late parents, Rich DeVos and Helen DeVos, who he said had an early vision for Medical Mile and matched his and Pamella DeVos’ top donation for the building.

"I’ve heard my dad and others say, 'What would West Michigan be like without Grand Valley?' It is hard to imagine," Dan DeVos said. 

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