College begins $1.8M dorm project
A college in the region is building two “townhouse-style” buildings at a student housing complex on campus.
Hope College said last week it is undertaking the $1.8-million expansion at Cook Village.
Site preparation began this fall, and the college aims to complete the project by the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.
The two new townhouses comprise phase one of a two-phase project. The second phase will include the construction of five additional housing units. The timeline and details of phase two have not been determined.
The two-phase project is being funded internally by the college, according to Greg Maybury, director of operations, Hope College.
The two new buildings will have a similar architectural style as the existing buildings and feature “a residential-style look with exterior brick masonry,” Maybury said.
The buildings will each be 3,800 square feet and house eight students.
Each townhouse will have two floors: the first floor will include a bedroom, kitchen, full bathroom, laundry room and living room and be accessible for those with a disability; the upper floor will contain three bedrooms.
“They’re independent living spaces,” Maybury said. “They’ll have three full baths, with the main level ADA compliant.”
The village was named in honor of a major gift to the college from the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation.
The village’s four original buildings opened in 2013 and house a total of 60 students. Two are duplexes housing 10 students on each side and two are single structures housing 10 students each.
Firms on the project
The architect for the two-phase project is Grand Rapids-based AMDG Architects.
Holland-based Lakewood Construction is the construction manager of the two-phase project.