GVSU to break ground on downtown health campus expansion

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 will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its downtown health campus on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, GVSU’s Board of Trustees approved plans to build an 84,000-square-foot building and two-level parking deck on the corner of Lafayette and Hastings, along I-196 in Grand Rapids. It will be north of the university’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on Medical Mile.

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

School officials say the expansion will help accommodate more students in GVSU’s 19 health sciences programs trying to graduate.

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.

A groundbreaking ceremony is being held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Lafayette and Hastings. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2018.