Rockford Team On Campus

April 26, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Davenport University has selected Rockford Construction to manage the building of the university’s $22 million W.A. Lettinga Campus, the largest project in Davenport’s history.

The new campus, located at 6191 Kraft Ave. in Caledonia Township, is the most significant building project undertaken in the 138-year history of Davenport. The 43-acre campus, which will serve as Davenport’s main residential campus, will accommodate 2,400 students initially and eventually up to 4,000 students with future expansion. Construction will begin this summer and be completed in fall 2005.

“We are extremely pleased to have Rockford Construction as construction manager for our new campus,” said Colleen Wolfe, group vice president for Davenport and the university’s project manager for the new campus. “They’ve done an excellent job managing projects for us, and we value their superb reputation and track record.”

Mike VanGessel, president of Rockford Construction, said the firm is excited about the design created by Gunnlevine Architects, featuring a unique blend of contemporary and traditional elements. Utilizing state-of-the-art classrooms and technology in an academic setting, the new campus will combine a professional business atmosphere in a student-friendly environment, Wolfe said.

The new campus, which is located off the South Beltline, features the Richard M. DeVos and Jay Van Andel Academic Center, which will house classrooms, and the Margaret Davenport Sneden Library and Technology Center. Those buildings will have a corporate appearance, VanGessel said. The first phase of residential housing will be named the Peter C. and Pat Cook Residence Hall.

“As Davenport executes a well-planned growth strategy, we are honored to be selected as construction manager for such a critical component of the university’s future,” VanGessel said.    

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