Higher Education and Real Estate

Education company relocates downtown

May 20, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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The Morton Building Grand Rapids
The Morton building is located in downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe Center Street NW at Ionia Avenue NW. Photo via rockfordconstruction.com

A renovated historic building downtown has a new tenant.

Fusion Education Group has moved into a 15,000-square-foot space on the second and third floors of The Morton in Grand Rapids, at 72 Monroe Center St. NW, to accommodate its growing business.

Grand Rapids-based Fusion moved into the new space from across the street, at 77 Monroe Center St. NW.

“We love being in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids,” said Peter Ruppert, president and CEO, Fusion Education Group. “It has great energy and amenities for our staff. Our former office was a great spot for our team, but as we continued to add employees, we started looking for something bigger. Luckily, we didn’t need to look very far.”

The Morton was renovated in 2015 by Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction and includes 100 apartments, ground-floor retail, eight condominiums and office space.

The space

Fusion's space was designed by Integrated Architecture of Grand Rapids and custom built by Rockford Construction’s Trades Group.

Highlights of the space, which features Steelcase furniture, include glass walls that allow light and views through tall windows facing Ionia Avenue and a custom internal staircase that connects the second and third floors.

“These areas of the building had not been used for decades," said Mike Mraz, managing partner, real estate development, Rockford Construction. "It’s amazing to see them transformed.” 


Fusion runs an accelerated private middle and high school system with classes consisting of one student and one teacher.

The company operates 34 campuses across the country, including seven opened in 2015.

Schools are currently in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas, with schools set to open in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Fusion was named one of the 41 Most Innovative K-12 Schools in America by Noodle. 

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