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University builds $22M administrative building

October 13, 2014
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Contractor completes university building
The James H. Zumberge Hall at GVSU is the site of the school’s former library. Courtesy Via Design

A university has completed the $22-million transformation of its former library into an administrative building.

Since its construction in 1969, Grand Valley State University’s James H. Zumberge Library, located at GVSU’s Allendale campus, has undergone a number of changes over the years, but this latest one might be its biggest change yet.

Since GVSU added the Mary Idema Pew Library to its Allendale campus last year, the Zumberge Library, named after GVSU’s first president, has been transformed from a library to an administrative space.


Wolverine Building Group in Grand Rapids said last week that the project, which began last April, has been completed.

Via Design in Grand Rapids served as the project’s architect.


The new James H. Zumberge Hall, near the center of campus, has consolidated several administrative departments and will allow the university to free up classroom space in other buildings that was previously occupied by the departments.

The space

The project included a complete renovation of the existing building, and the construction of an addition, to expand the facility to more than 90,000 square feet.

The five-story addition houses a covered parking area on the ground level, with four levels of office and conference room space on upper floors.

The glass and concrete exteriors “tie in” the existing building and addition for a combination of “mid-century and contemporary architecture.”

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