College plans $70M building downtown


A rendering of the health campus building at 333 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids. Courtesy GVSU

A local college plans to construct a $70-million building downtown to accommodate growing demand for health care education.

Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved the project on Medical Mile at its July 14 meeting.

The new five-story building, at 333 Michigan St. NE, will be next to GVSU’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

The 160,000-square-foot building will extend the capacity of GVSU’s College of Health Professions and Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2018, with the opening set for May 2021.

Firms on the project

Grand Rapids-based FTCH is the project’s architect.

Grand Rapids-based Pioneer Construction is the project’s contractor.


The project received authorization from the Michigan Legislature. The state approved a capital-outlay request of $29 million for the building. The rest of the funds will come from private donors and university bonds.

Expanding Medical Mile campus

The building will also be within a block of GVSU’s Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, which is under construction on Lafayette Avenue NE.

Finkelstein Hall, which will be completed in May 2018, is a $37.5-million, 84,000-square-foot project, which will also be used for the health professions and nursing programs.

Maria Cimitile, GVSU provost, called the two projects a “major turning point” for the university.

“Demand has exceeded our ability to accept highly qualified students, and these two new buildings, right in the middle of the city’s vibrant medical community, will provide exceptional opportunities for more students to attend Grand Valley and benefit from the unique combination of liberal education with professional training.

“This combination makes our graduates highly employable by area hospitals and medical facilities.”

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