Kendall college of art and design, Federal building RENOVATION 

Grand Rapids, MI
Original Construction
Construction Cost
$20,000,000 estimate
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 and a comprehensive estimate of project costs for adaptive reuse of the existing building by Ferris State University's Kendall College of Art and Design.

The goals for the project were two-fold; first to enhance the educational opportunity for students as a contemporary higher education learning environment and, second, the stewardship of an important western Michigan iconic building, incorporating its historic character defining features.  The design objectives were to support the mission of Ferris State University and Kendall, create functional and inspiring 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, creating a schematic design document, and developing a comprehensive project cost.