College completes music center and art museum


The Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts at Hope College is roughly 64,000 square feet and features an 800-seat performance hall. Courtesy Hope

A college in the region has completed a pair of buildings on campus that were funded by a recent $203-million fundraising campaign.

G.O. Construction, a joint venture between GDK Construction of Holland and Owen-Ames-Kimball of Grand Rapids, or O-A-K, said this week that it has finished two Hope College construction projects in Holland, which were funded through the institution’s “A Greater Hope” campaign.

Campus construction projects

G.O. Construction said it recently concluded work on the new Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts and the Kruizenga Art Museum, which both opened last fall for students.

John Knapp, president at Hope, said the two buildings are among a number of significant transformational projects funded by the fundraising campaign, which was announced in 2011 and ended last fall, exceeding its $175-million goal.

“It made it possible not only to provide these new facilities for art and music, but also we are now in the construction phase of a new student center right in the heart of our campus,” Knapp said. “All of our projects that were funded through this campaign allow us to add significant value to our students’ education without using tuition dollars to fund the projects.

“It is significant that we have been able to provide these additional assets to our students at no cost to the students and without incurring debt.”

Hope also invested in a new engineering facility and athletic space as part of the fundraising campaign to attract support for strengthening the college and its infrastructure.

Construction on the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center broke ground last fall and is anticipated to be completed by February 2017.

Center for the Musical Arts

The roughly 64,000-square-foot Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts was an approximately $35-million project for both the construction and an endowment for maintenance.

The 65-feet-tall building was acoustically designed and built to isolate both the sound from musical activities in the building and the railroad tracks outside.

The Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts includes a number of features: a glass enclosed, two-story lobby area; an 800-seat main performance hall; a recital hall with flexible seating for up to 125 people; new instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms; 17 individual practice rooms; a recording studio; 24 faculty teaching studios and offices; and a dedicated organ studio.

HGA of Minneapolis collaborated on the project as an architectural partner.

Art Museum

The approximately $7.8-million Kruizenga Art Museum was designed to provide space for Hope’s permanent art collection, a gallery for visiting exhibitions and a multi-purpose area for both educational activities and events.

The art museum includes several features: a building automation system to monitor and control heat, ventilation and air conditioning; steel beams to support potential hanging installations; and an exterior shell of 27 granite slabs at 22-feet high.

C Concept Design of the Netherlands was an architectural partner for the project.

Joint venture team

GDK and O-A-K originally partnered in 2010 as G.O. Construction when Holland Public Schools hired the two companies to manage three construction projects worth about $40 million.

As a joint venture, G.O. Construction has also worked with Holland Township, West Ottawa Public Schools and Zeeland Public Schools.

Chuck Geenen, president of GDK, said the relationship between GDK and O-A-K is grounded in shared values.

“We are like-minded organizations, and we enjoy the challenges and successes of every project we complete together,” Geenen said.

Frank Stanek, president and CEO of O-A-K, said the company is fortunate to have found a great niche in the community-driven market to partner with GDK.

“If there is one thing our projects have in common, it is that they are deeply intertwined with our West Michigan community,” Stanek said. “We come to work every day and have fun.”

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