GVSU Center For Health Sciences

July 25, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — The $53 million health professions learning center rises five stories at Michigan Street and Lafayette Avenue. The building’s 215,000 square feet has 30 teaching and research labs, 200 faculty, staff and clerical offices, and a 150-seat auditorium.

Materials: The exterior is a mix of masonry, pre-finished metal panels, and pre-finished thermal aluminum window frames with tinted insulated glass. Floors are porcelain and vinyl tile in high-traffic areas and carpeting in offices. Ceilings are painted drywall and suspended acoustical lay-in tile.

Main Level: Houses a two-story lobby and the grand stairway that joins each of the five floors of the building. A donor-recognition area, student study area, a food service area and a receptionist area are all melded together in a setting highlighted by a towering wall of glass.

Meijer Family Floor: The first level is devoted to classrooms, computer labs and the 150-seat Hager Auditorium. Offices for academic affairs, building operations and student services are also here, just off a mezzanine that offers a prime view of the main level and the street scene.

Leslie E. Tassell Floor: The second level is home to the School for Health Professions program, the Frey Foundation Learning Center, and labs for therapeutics, motion analysis, and occupational health and safety. More offices and meeting rooms are also here.

Brooks Family Floor: The third level is the lab level. The Kirkhof School of Nursing, hospital simulation, model patient, human occupations, ergonomics and home health have labs here, along with classrooms, research areas and seminar rooms.

Jay & Betty Van Andel Floor: The fourth level has lab space for the medical imaging program, clinical sciences, bio-informatics and genetic microbiology. The medical imaging lab includes X-ray rooms, sonography and a treatment-planning simulator. Office space for the African-American Health Initiative is also on this level.

John H. & Nancy Batts Floor: The fifth level has teaching labs for cell molecular and genetics microbiology courses, along with lab prep space, a darkroom, an autoclave room, a warm and cold room. The floor supports the building’s teaching and research activities. It also houses office and incubator space for the Grand Rapids SmartZone.

Other: The building is ADA accessible. It has 18 conference rooms and 15 student study areas. A 20-foot tall mechanical room contains railroad-car-size air-handling units. A two-story parking deck has 165 spaces.

Source: Grand Valley State University, July 2003

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