Davenport Gets LEED


    GRAND RAPIDS — The first phase of the new Davenport University W.A. Lettinga Campus has received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the project’s manager, Rockford Construction.

    The $23 million initial phase features the four-story, 140,000-square-foot Richard M. DeVos and Jay Van Andel Academic Center and the 36,000-square-foot Peter C. and Pat Cook Residence Hall. The AcademicCenter houses classrooms as well as the Margaret D. Sneden Library and TechnologyCenter

    “The challenge of getting this phase to receive certification was coordinating and integrating several systems and processes so the overall project had a cohesive and consistent look and purpose,” said Tom McGovern, Rockford’s project manager.

    “Each individual decision to reduce waste or use a specific product or method had to contribute to the overall vision and mission of Davenport,” he added.

    More than 70 percent of all construction waste was diverted from landfills.

    Work on the second phase, which consists of additional student housing, has been completed. Davenport officials are also pursuing LEED certification for this phase.    

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