University completes $55M science building
An West Michigan university is celebrating its new science building with a dedication event this week.
Grand Valley State University is hosting a dedication event from 2-4 p.m., Aug. 28, on the Allendale campus to celebrate the completion of the roughly $55 million P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science.
Located next to the university’s field house and across from the Padnos Hall of Science on the Allendale campus, the more than 151,700-square-foot, four-story building was built to provide classroom, laboratory and office space to support education in the sciences, meet current demand for science programs and accommodate an anticipated growth in their related occupations.
Kindschi Hall features nine classrooms, approximately 15 teaching laboratories, roughly 14 faculty and student research labs, a computational research lab, study spaces, offices, conference rooms and the nearly 3,000-square-foot Barbara Kindschi Greenhouse.
The research spaces were designed with a “shared functionality” concept to foster collaboration between faculty and students on different research efforts. Laboratories will also have instrumentation along the walls and flexible workbenches in the center, according to a press release.
GVSU’s approximately 45,000-square-foot Marketplace is also connected to the new facility, which houses a two-story Laker Store, Starbucks, and a Which Wich Superior Sandwiches shop.
GVSU’s new science laboratory building will house academic programs centered on biology and cell and molecular biology, as well as provide introductory science courses for students.
While Kindschi Hall will primarily be used for student programming and faculty and student research, it will also include offices for the Movement Science Department, the Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Services, and the Information Technology unit.
While design planning began several years ago, the university held a groundbreaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art facility in May 2013 and construction officially began three months later. The construction of Kindschi Hall created roughly 950 temporary jobs and was completed by Pioneer Construction.
Fischbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. designed the building and Research Facilities Design served as the lab consultant. The project was designed and constructed for LEED Silver certification.
The university funded the development of the $55 million facility using approximately $30 million in funds from the state of Michigan and leveraging approximately $25 million from university resources other than tuition money.
More than 400 donors contributed to The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Margin of Excellence for Science Endowment Fund, which will provide materials and technology and research opportunities, according to the press release.