Grand Valley projects honored by American Institute of Architects

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Two Grand Valley State University projects have been honored for their excellence in building and design by the Grand Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards recognize excellence in design achievement. The Grand Valley chapter encompasses 11 counties around West Michigan, representing 100 firms.

Grand Valley's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center was honored as a 2004 double winner and the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences has been recognized as a building award finalist.

MAREC received the 2004 AIA Grand Valley Building Award, and was also awarded the 2004 AIA Grand Valley Sustainable Design Award.

"MAREC is unique in that it is an extremely flexible building," said James Moyer, assistant vice president for Facilities Planning. "The building has been adapted to research use application. The building itself is part of the lab."

Integrated Architecture was the architect for MAREC; the contractor was Workstage LLC. The 26,000 square foot building is owned by the city of Muskegon and is the first facility in the Muskegon Lakeshore SmartZone.

MAREC is a business incubator and a research and development center, equipped with a fuel cell that turns natural gas into electricity. It also has photovoltaic cells to capture the sun's energy and a nickel-metal-hydride battery to store excess energy for later use.

The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences was a finalist for the 2004 AIA Grand Valley Building Award.

The six-story, 215,000-square-foot building is the newest addition to Grand Valley's downtown Grand Rapids campus. The Center for Health Sciences brings all of Grand Valley's health professions programs and research into one building. It also houses the African American Health Institute and the Grand Rapids SmartZone, the West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative.

"The Center makes a huge design statement for the downtown Grand Rapids area and for Grand Valley," said Moyer. "The Center combines a lot of Allied programs into one location. The various professions can rub elbows with one another."

The architect for the Center for Health Sciences was Design Plus, Inc. and the contractor was Pioneer, Inc.

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