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Calvin College - Prince Conference Center & Lodge Finished

  Design Plus acted as architect of record, providing architectural, interior design, mechanical and electrical design development, limited construction documents, and construction administration for the new 27,935 SF Prince Conference Center, and 29,323 SF Prince Conference Lodging facility.  The Prince Conference Center and Prince Conference Lodging, which contains a variety of meeting rooms for conferences on the campus, as well as 56 rooms for guests. Construction costs for the Prince Conference Center were $2,750,000, and $4,750,000 for Prince Conference Lodging.  

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Zion Lutheran Church Completed

Posted by: Design Plus | Jul, 24th

Project: Zion Lutheran Church

Design Plus completed programming and a concept master plan design study for the 40,279 SF remodeling and expansion of this church. Our work effort resulted in floor plan and site plan graphics to be used in fund-raising efforts in the spring of 2006. Construction costs are estimated between $3,000,000 and $4,000,000.

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Michigan State University, Emmons Hall Renovation Finished

Design Plus was hired for the 99,000 SF renovation of the first of several residence hall renovation projects within the Brody Complex. Programming is underway for this 400-bed, four-story facility with scheduled improvements including upgrade of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, barrier free accessibility code compliance, new elevator, fire suppression system, as well as complete updating of interior finishes. The project should be completed in the summer of 2011 with an estimated construction cost of $14,000,000. The project is also designed for base LEED certification.

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Byron Township Community Center Completed

Posted by: Design Plus | Jul, 24th

Project: Byron Township Community Center

Design Plus has been hired by Byron Township to provide architecture, interior design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and construction administration for a new 28,800 SF pre-engineered metal structure for the new Byron Township Community Center. The facility will include offices, multi-purpose room, kitchen, full-size gymnasium with volleyball, elevated walking/running track, fitness area, and lounge/café, as well as support spaces. Construction began in March of 2008 with an estimated cost at $2,100,000.

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Olivet College, Cutler Arts Center Addition Finished

Design Plus provided architectural and interior design services, as well as design/build mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services for this addition to the existing Cutler Events Center fieldhouse at Olivet College. The 41,400 SF project includes a multi-function gymnasium space that provides flexibility to host a variety of sports, including competitive basketball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling, and track. Spaces include a new fitness area, additional men’s and women’s team lockers, a dedicated wrestling practice area, and wrestling locker room, expanded lobby and concessions and office space for additional athletic staff. Construction is expected to be complete in August of 2008, with a total anticipated cost of $4,500,000.

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Southwestern Michigan College, Zollar Activity Center Addition Finished

Design Plus was hired to provide complete architectural, civil engineering, site/landscape design/architecture, structural engineering coordination, interior design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and construction administration for the 23,000 SF addition to the existing 23,000 SF Zollar athletic center to create a 46,000 SF student activity center. The project includes the reconfiguration of locker rooms, the addition of wave pools, an expansive lobby/lounge area with floor to ceiling glass curtainwall to allow for natural lighting, game room, events theater, multi-purpose rooms for aerobics and other fitness classes, as well as a climbing wall. The project is designed for base LEED certification and should be completed by the summer of 2009. Construction costs are estimated at $5,000,000.

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Campus Court at Knollwood, Western Michigan University Completed

Design Plus has been hired by Gem Realty Capital out of Chicago, Illinois to help re-develop the existing Knollwood Apartments adjacent to Western Michigan University. The existing complex was built in the early 1970s and has fallen into a state of disrepair. After significant architectural and financial analysis, a decision was made to renovate the existing buildings and add four new buildings in order to maximize project density, as well as return on investment. The new project will accommodate 754 total student housing beds in both a townhome and apartment format. American Village Builders in Kalamazoo is the pre-selected Construction Manager responsible for pricing and construction. Construction completion is anticipated in the fall of 2008, and the estimated construction value for the project is $22,000,000.

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Saginaw Valley State University, University Village Student Housing Completed

Design Plus designed and implemented new student housing as follows: Phase 1 included three building types: Three Type “A” two-story buildings total 21,756 SF, four Type “B” two-story buildings total 30,702 SF, and two Type “C” two-story buildings total 13,812 SF. A total of 208 beds were provided in Phase 1, and the project was completed in 2000 with a total construction cost of $7,275,000. Phase 2 included two building types: Ten Type “B” two-story buildings total 77,100 SF and two Type “C” two-story buildings total 13,760 SF. A total of 280 beds were provided in Phase 2, and the project was completed in 2002 with a total construction cost of $9,103,000. Phase 3 includes two-story townhomes in three building types: Five Type “B” buildings includes six- and seven-plex buildings for a total of 42,533 SF and 128 beds; one Type “C” building is two-story at 6,985 SF and 18 beds; and one Type “D” building is two-story at 7,009 SF and 20 beds. Also included in a future phase of the project is a 3,000 SF community building. Total beds provided in Phase 3 will be 166. The project was completed in August/September 2005, with a total construction cost of $8,165,000. Phase 4 includes seven, two-story buildings totaling 54,607 SF and housing 162 beds. Construction was completed in August 2007 with a total construction cost of $7,000,000. Pine Grove West is currently under construction and includes eight Type “B” buildings totaling 63,616 SF and 192 beds and one Type “C” building at 6,985 SF and 20 beds. Construction is expected to be complete in August of 2008, with an estimated total of $9,000,000.

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Western Michigan University, Graduate Center Finished

This 77,100 gross SF (50,400 net assignable SF) satellite campus was established in downtown Grand Rapids to create a graduate center in the metro area for the University, and to play a part in the revitalization of a renaissance area. This facility houses classrooms, lecture halls, small book/snack store, food service, faculty offices, conference rooms, counseling center, and computer labs, and also serves as a conference center for the University. Design Plus completed programming, schematic design, construction documents, and complete interior design services, including interior FF&E design and specifications, interior finishes and accessories, plantscape, artwork, and technology design for the lower and third floor levels. The entire project was completed in July 2001 with a total construction cost of $5,772,000.

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Western Michigan University, University Club at Howard Completed

This student housing project included five, four-story buildings with a total of 480 beds and 192,322 SF, and also a community building of 1,400 SF. This project was completed in 2000 with a construction cost of $7,000,000.

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Western Michigan University, The Arboretum Student Housing Completed

Phase 1 consisted of five, three-story buildings with a total of 330 beds and 152,985 SF. This project was included in 2000 with a construction cost of $9,000,000. Phase 2 included a project of five, three-story buildings with a total of 330 beds and 152,985 SF. This project was completed in 2002 with a construction cost of $9,000,000.

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Southwestern Michigan College, IT Certification Center Completed

Design Plus provided full architectural, interior design, site/landscape, civil and structural engineering coordination, mechanical and electrical engineering, and construction administration services for the renovation of the existing Wood Building to accommodate the IT Certification Center. The project includes renovation of approximately 21,015 SF and an addition of 6,872 SF, as well as remodeling the existing main exterior façade, and was designed in compliance with State of Michigan Department of Management & Budget requirements. The project was completed in May 2007 with a total construction costs of $3,738,561.

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Michigan State University, Spartan Village School & Housing Office Adaptive Reuse Finished

Design Plus was hired to provide comprehensive design services for the remodeling and adaptive reuse of the existing Spartan Village School, Housing Office, and significant associated site modifications. The 29,847 SF renovation of Spartan Village School will include offices, conference rooms, an employee breakroom, work shop, welding area, loading/receiving area, service center, Housing office, study rooms, Global Learning Center, post office/mail room, fitness center, kitchen, IT room, work room, multi-purpose room, Community Center, office for the Department of Police & Public Safety, gymnasium, and “Give & Take” room, and various support spaces. Construction is currently underway, with expected completion in September of 2007, and an estimated construction budget of $2,030,000. The existing 11,545 SF Housing Building will be renovated to accommodate the Housing & Food Service Systems Operations staff, and will include offices, training room, shipping/receiving area, kitchenette, mail room, reception/waiting area, conference rooms, resource room, server room, and various support spaces. Construction is expected to begin in December of 2007 with completion in August of 2008, and an estimated construction budget of $1,604,000.

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Michigan State University, Erickson Hall Addition Finished

Design Plus provided design through construction administration services for a 5,600 SF addition and extensive remodeling of approximately 1,150 SF to house project research space and offices for the College of Education. The project also included additional remodeling to integrate the building addition into the existing structure, site work, and an upgrade to the main Erickson Hall entry plaza and canopy. The design provides for the possibility of adding an additional four floors, above the one-story addition, in the future. The existing building operations were maintained during construction. Construction was completed May 1, 2007 with a total construction cost of $2,139,300.

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Michigan State Univerity, Brody Hall Renovation Finished

Design Plus was hired in 2006 to provide complete architectural and engineering services for the 120,000 SF renovation of Brody Hall. The renovations include all major mechanical, electrical, ventilation system upgrades and replacement as well as the addition of enhanced life safety systems, ADA code required modifications, elevator renovations, asbestos abatement, lighting upgrades, flooring and ceiling replacement, roofing and exterior restoration, office, food service, and dining modifications, and other related improvements. During the renovations, Brody Hall will remain available to serve the needs of the students including dining services, classrooms, academic and business functions. Construction will be completed during the summer months between 2009 and 2011. Construction costs are estimated at $30,000,000.

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Michigan State University, Bakery Relocation/Food Stores Building Completed

This project involved the relocation of the central bakery operation from Brody Hall to the Food Stores Building. The project includes 6,470 SF of remodeling of the existing vacated Food Stores space, and a 10,325 SF addition that includes the bakery, offices, freezer, locker room, loading dock, new barrier free entrance, and related site improvements. The project also included all mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as interface with the existing building. Building operations were maintained during construction. Total square footage affected by the change is 18,940 SF. The project was completed in December 2006 with a total construction cost of $4,500,000.

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