Expansion of GVSU’s downtown health campus approved

A rendering of the building that will be built at the corner of Lafayette and Hastings in Grand Rapids. (Courtesy Grand Valley State University)
A rendering of the building that will be built at the corner of Lafayette and Hastings in Grand Rapids. (Courtesy Grand Valley State University)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees approved plans Friday to expand its downtown health campus along I-196.

GVSU will be moving forward with plans to build an 84,000-square-foot building and two-level parking deck on the corner of Lafayette and Hastings in Grand Rapids. It will be north of the university’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on Medical Mile.

The corner of Lafayette Avenue
The corner of Lafayette Avenue and Hastings in Grand Rapids. 

The five-story building will have classrooms, laboratories and office space for the College of Health Professions and the Kirkhof College of Nursing.

The building is estimated to cost $37.5 million and the parking project will cost $9 million. It will be funded by donor support, university-issued bonds and campus developments funds, according to GVSU.

Construction is scheduled to begin in December and is expected to be completed in May 2018.