Rockford Breaks Ground On Cooley

September 10, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — This morning Rockford Companies will officially break ground on the Grand Rapids campus of the new Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

For the groundbreaking, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the 38 Oakes building, Don LeDuc, Cooley Law School president, and John Wheeler, Rockford Companies president, will take part, joined by Grand Rapids Mayor John Logie and Western Michigan University provost Dan Litynski.

The project includes renovation of two existing buildings as well as an addition that will connect the H.H. Cutler building with the building Western Michigan University and Cooley will share.

Cooley will fill the six levels of 38 Oakes St. SW, a building that once belonged to the H.H. Cutler Co. The school will add about 25,000 square feet to the 50,000-square-foot existing structure and create a new entryway that will resemble one at a Cooley building in Lansing.

The building’s lower level and first floor will be home to the school’s law library, which is slated to be finished in a year. Temporary offices also will be built on those floors until the upper levels are done. Classrooms and permanent office space will be carved out on the second and third floors. That work should be done by the fall of 2004, according to LeDuc.   

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