GRCC plans work at DU campus

May 7, 2010
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Grand Rapids Community College has hired Beckering Advisor Inc. to oversee remodeling of the primary classroom building on the former Davenport University campus in Grand Rapids.

GRCC Executive Vice President for Business and Finance Bob Partridge said the $1.175 million project is slated for classrooms primarily on the second and third floors of Sneden Hall.

“We used the building this year, but it needed some renovation — behind-the-scenes structural work,” Partridge said. That includes the HVAC system, technology installations, lighting, paint and carpeting.

The project was designed by Integrated Design Solutions of Troy.

Feedback was positive from faculty who used the building.

He said plans call for programs in criminal justice, psychology and social sciences to move to the 152,115-square-foot Heritage Hill campus at 415 E. Fulton St., which GRCC purchased from Davenport in 2009. Partridge said GRCC located a variety of classes there, two blocks from the edge of the GRCC campus, and used shuttle vehicles to transport students.

Classroom remodeling is expected to be complete by the time the new academic year begins in the fall, Partridge said.

Office wing Warren Hall will see similar renovations for faculty offices, with a completion target in 2011.

“We will permanently relocate full-time faculty up there,” Partridge added.

The total budget is about $2 million for the projects, he said.

Davenport University has been leasing some office space in its former campus, but is expected to leave the premises as of June 1. The private, nonprofit university has constructed a new campus in Caledonia Township.

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