College hosting open house for $37.5M health sciences building


Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. Courtesy GVSU

There will be an open house tomorrow night for a college’s new health sciences building along the Medical Mile.

The open house for Grand Valley State University’s Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. at 500 Lafayette Ave. NE in Grand Rapids on the Pew campus.

The casual-attire event includes refreshments and live music.

Parking is available in the building’s lot. No RSVP is necessary.

The $37.5-million, 84,000-square-foot building opened for classes in May, giving more than 5,000 students enrolled in health-related courses access to more space and resources.

The building features numerous elements: four classrooms; 15 teaching laboratories; a computer lab; 100 faculty and staff offices; student study spaces; student organization space; and work rooms.

The hall will provide a home for occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, speech-language pathology, sonography, public health and allied health programs that require “intensive interactive learning spaces” and the space to work as inter-professional teams.

The project was funded by the support of 1,100 donors, university-issued bonds and campus development funds.

The building was named after the project’s first and lead donor — the founder of Grand Rapids-based MC Sports, which closed last year.

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