Kendall College of Art and Design federal building wins historic preservation award


The Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids is home to Kendall College of Art and Design.

Kendall College of Art and Design's rehabilitation of the Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids has been named one of the projects to receive the 2013 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation.

"The projects we recognize demonstrate the difference historic preservation makes in our communities," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "The rehabilitation and reuse of existing buildings, particularly in our cities, is vital to spurring economic development and preserving a sense of place."

The awards program was launched in 2003 by the State Historic Preservation Office to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to the preservation of Michigan's unique character and the many cultural resources that document Michigan's past.

"Preserving our historic and archaeological sites takes hard work and collaboration," said Scott Woosley, executive director of the Michigan State House Development Authority. "Each of the six teams of people being recognized this year demonstrated outstanding commitment to doing everything right and to working together to make good things happen."

The Federal Building is at 17 Pearl St. NW.

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Recipients will receive their awards during a public ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 1, in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda.

Winners of the 2013 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation

  • Ferris State University and its Kendall College of Art and Design, Christman Capital Development Co., The Christman Co., TowerPinkster Architects, Hopkins Burns Design Studio and the city of Grand Rapids for the rehabilitation of the U.S. Federal Building (Kendall College of Art and Design), Grand Rapids
  • The Old Rugged Cross Foundation Inc., D. Layman Construction Co., and the community of Pokagon Township, for the restoration of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Pokagon (Old Rugged Cross Church), Pokagon Township, Cass County
  • Tibbits Opera Foundation and Arts Council Inc., Tom Roberts , Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., Grand River Builders Inc., and the greater Coldwater community for the restoration of the Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater
  • Glenn D. and Jeanine Head Miller for the rehabilitation of the Milton and Kittie Geer House, Superior Township, Washtenaw County
  • Neighborhood Service Organization, Fusco, Shaffer and Pappas, O'Brien Edwards Construction and Kidorf Preservation Consulting for the rehabilitation of the Michigan Bell and Western Electric Warehouse (NSO Bell Building), Detroit
  • The Detroit Land Bank Authority for demonstrating a true understanding the value of historic preservation through the NSP2 rehabilitations it completed in Detroit historic districts

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