Grand Valley State University plans to break ground next year on a new $55 million biology building and a $22 million expansion and renovation project at the James H. Zumberge Library on its Allendale campus.
The university's Board of Trustees on Friday, Nov. 2 also approved spending $1.2 million to purchase seven remaining properties near its downtown Grand Rapids Cook-DeVos Health Sciences building on the Medical Mile for future expansion of its health care programs.
Once the land acquisitions are completed, the university will have full ownership of the block bordered by Hastings and Trowbridge streets and Prospect and Lafayette avenues, north of the Gerald R. Ford Expressway.
The new 144,000-square-foot biology building, which still needs state approval, will be built west of Padnos Hall and Henry Hall. It will provide classrooms, teaching and research labs, and faculty offices.