FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Kendall college of art and design, Federal building RENOVATION 

Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Original Construction
1909
Construction Cost
$20,000,000 estimate
Size
92,000 sf

National Register of Historic Places 1974

State Register of Historic Places 1975

 

The Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, was completed in 1909 as the Post Office and Federal Courts Building.  Its design is influenced by the Beaux Arts Classicism style of architecture.  Its size, proportion and elegance give it an iconic presence establishing it as a community landmark.  

HopkinsBurns Design Studio, as historic preservation consultant to Tower Pinkster,  was commissioned to develop schematic design documents including a comprehensive estimate of project costs for adaptive reuse of the existing building by the Kendall College of Art and Design.

The goals for the project were two-fold; one, to enhance the educational opportunity for students as a contemporary higher education learning environment and secondly, the stewardship of an important Western Michigan iconic building incorporating its historic character defining features.  The design objectives are to support the mission of FSU and Kendall, create effective space for students and faculty, utilize sustainable design, retain the integrity of historic elements, enhance community connections and achieve a code compliant building.  

Services included validating the space program needs, identifying existing building conditions and historic significance, developing a schematic design document, and development of a comprehensive project cost.