Phase II ready for action
David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute, addresses the audience last week during the VAI's Phase II expansion ribbon-cutting ceremony. Van Andel said the eight-story, $178 million, 240,000-square-foot expansion creates economic and scientific opportunity both for VAI and West Michigan's burgeoning life sciences sector and adds to the more than $1 billion investment in infrastructure already in place along Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. When operating at capacity, the expansion will support a $125 million annual research operation that expands the number of laboratories from the current 18 to more than 50, and provides the capacity for 550 additional jobs. Phase II nearly triples the Institute's current laboratory space, allowing current labs to grow and new labs to be added, including the Jay Van Andel Parkinson Research Lab.