Orion nears completion of Phase II of GVSU construction


Grand Valley State University students got a chance to tour their new Greek homes this month.

Orion Construction, a Grand Rapids-based contractor and developer, recently hosted a progress tour of its new Grand Villages Greek fraternity and sorority housing project in Allendale.

Orion is close to finishing Phase II of the project, which will eventually become an approximately $20 million residential village for GVSU’s fraternities and sororities.

Representatives of Phi Mu, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma toured their soon-to-be homes on the 20-acre property at 5050 Pierce Road, Allendale.

The project is on schedule to be completed Aug. 1 — in time for students to move in before the beginning of the fall semester.

Phase II of the Grand Villages project saw the completion of four homes, which offer between 13 and 16 bedrooms per home. Orion is currently completing the interior finish work.

“Having Grand Village near the GVSU campus not only provides a great service for hundreds of Grand Valley students, but it has enhanced the image of sororities and fraternities at the university,” said Michelle Burke, housing advisor for the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

“There are 32 Greek-letter organizations at GVSU now, and it makes everyone proud for nearly a third of them to be housed in a beautiful setting close to campus.

“The fraternity/sorority community at Grand Valley is regarded as one of the strongest in the nation, and now we have housing to match the stature of our organizations.”

The $7.5 million Phase I of the project, which was completed in August 2014, saw the construction of five homes — four for sororities and one for a fraternity — on the 20-acre property in Allendale, with the houses ranging from 9,800 square feet to 12,000 square feet and featuring 14 to 17 bedrooms per house.

Orion Real Estate Solutions serves as the project’s developer, and Orion Construction is the contractor. Johnson/Newhoff is the project’s architect and Wolverine Bank provided the financing.

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