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Hope College composes $31M Center for Musical Arts

October 31, 2013
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Hope College composes $31M Center for Musical Arts
A rendering of the $31-million Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College. Courtesy G.O. Construction

A $31-million construction project is sweet music to Hope College’s ears, as it recognizes one of the school's most-generous supporters and promises to play a vital role in the area's arts community.

Hope College President John C. Knapp recently led the groundbreaking festivities for the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, which will go up on Columbia Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth streets in Holland.

The undertaking is a $35-million effort, with $31 million going to construction and the remainder being assigned to a maintenance endowment.

Site work for the Miller Center for Musical Arts will begin in November. Construction is scheduled to begin in February and be completed in the fall of 2015.

The new facility will replace the Nykerk Hall of Music, which was opened in 1956.

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts

The facility is being named in honor of Jack H. Miller, who has generously supported the college after graduating from Hope in 1954.

Miller headed the Howard Miller Clock Co. for 48 years until he retired in 2002.

He resides in Grand Haven and Naples, Fla.

The Miller Center for Musical Arts will offer 64,000 square feet of space for two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the music department.

The building’s centerpiece, though, will be an 800-seat concert hall that will feature main floor and balcony seating.

The center will also offer a smaller and more intimate recital hall that will seat about 125 patrons.

Hope officials pointed out that the new structure will make a lasting difference at the college and in the Holland area, as it will play a prominent role in both musical performances and music education.

They also noted that community organizations will have access to the new facility, which they also see as becoming an anchor for the city’s arts corridor that's developing along Columbia Avenue, between 8th and 14th streets.

Construction partners

Minneapolis-based HGA designed the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

G.O. Construction will manage the project. G.O. Construction is a joint venture between GDK Construction of Holland and Owen-Ames-Kimball of Grand Rapids.

The two firms formed the joint venture in 2010. Elsewhere at Hope, the pair recently completed an addition to the Haworth Engineering Center and is overseeing the construction of the Kruizenga Art Museum.

“Our relationship with GDK is strengthened with each project we are awarded,” said O-A-K President and CEO Frank Stanek. “They are like-minded people who value honesty and integrity. We are so grateful for the bond we’ve formed and look forward to working together for years to come.”

“Not only do our firms work well together, but this partnership has allowed us to serve Hope College to the best of our ability,” added GDK President Chuck Geenen. “Our joint venture brings a solid commitment to the local Holland community.”

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