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College completes $7.8M addition to recreation center

August 18, 2016
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GVSU Recreation Center expansion phase one
GVSU recently opened a 30,000-square-foot addition to its Recreation Center in Allendale. Courtesy GVSU

A local college has finished work on a 30,000-square-foot addition to its recreation center.

The $7.8-million addition is the first phase of Grand Valley State University’s $20-million expansion project to its Recreation Center in Allendale, at 1 Campus Dr.

Phase two of the project calls for 20,000 square feet to be added to the center.

When phase two is complete by the winter of 2017, the center will be more than double its original size.

Phase one

The 30,000-square-foot phase one addition was completed in June and features expanded space for strength training, the addition of men’s, women’s and gender-neutral locker rooms and a new fitness studio for group exercise programs.


Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture and St. Louis-based Hastings+Chivetta served as the addition’s architects and engineers.

Ada-based Erhardt Construction was contracted to complete the addition’s build out.

Expanding the center

Ground broke on the Recreation Center expansion last September as a response to an increase in visits to the center.

From 2012 to 2015, the center averaged 358,000 visits per year.

"Since enrollment numbers at Grand Valley have increased rapidly over the last decade, it was a challenge for the Recreation Center to keep up,” said Whitney Marsh, assistant director, GVSU Athletic and Recreation Facilities.

The 20,000-square-foot phase two addition will feature two courts for basketball and volleyball and one multi-activity court.

The entire expansion project is funded by the GVSU Campus Development Fund.

The Recreation Center opened in 1996 at a cost of $6 million.

An expansion project in 2002 pushed the center’s footprint up to 45,000 square feet.

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