Performance Hall Renovation Is Set

December 1, 2003
Text Size:
GRAND RAPIDS — DeVos Performance Hall is getting a facelift courtesy of the Grand Action Committee, which came up with the idea for the project and the money to pay for it.

The 24-year-old hall, home to the city’s four major arts tenants and an integral part of DeVos Place, will undergo $4.4 million worth of interior renovation work.

The project is set to get started on June 1, 2004, and be completed before the Grand Rapids Symphony strikes its first chord in September. Progressive AE designed the effort, and Erhardt Hunt will manage it, a project that Grand Action undertook to raise the stature of the much-used hall.

“This plan elevates the DeVos Performance Hall interior so it is consistent with the new lobby and with DeVos Place as a whole,” said David Frey, who shares the chairmanship of Grand Action with John Canepa and Dick DeVos.

“Thanks to the generosity and foresight of our lead donors and several other generous members of this community, this entire renovation is being funded with private dollars,” added Frey, also vice chairman of the Convention and Arena Authority.

Grand Action raised $5 million from strictly private sources for the public building, and that drive came on top of the committee’s $33 million capital campaign for the construction of DeVos Place.

And like the larger fundraising effort, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation gave the lead gift to the performance hall’s fund drive.

The work will refurbish the seating, add new finishes to the walls and ceilings, install the infrastructure for a multi-media sound system and put in new light fixtures. The restrooms will also be upgraded.

Half of the $4.4 million will go toward direct construction costs, while $750,000 will be spent on upgrading the seats. Another $310,000 will be invested in the necessities for a new sound system. A new system isn’t needed yet, so about $500,000 will be held in reserve for when it is.

The rest of the money will pay for architectural and consultant services, and fill a 12.5 percent contingency fund.

“It is a wonderful thing that has happened here,” said Mayor and CAA Chairman John Logie, when he gave credit to Grand Action for its generosity.

Roughly 250 residents from all walks of life comprise Grand Action.

DeVos Performance Hall opened in the fall of 1980 and regularly hosts more than 100 events each fiscal year. Over the past three fiscal years, the hall has held 150, 166 and 140 events.

The Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Broadway Theatre Guild and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company all call the hall home.    

Recent Articles by David Czurak

Editor's Picks

Comments powered by Disqus