Van Andel Institute Phase II Expansion Project Prepares for Grand Opening

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place December 8, 2009 at the Van Andel Institute’s Phase II Expansion project. The project, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, was completed two months ahead of schedule and within budget. The new medical research and education facility is 242,000 square feet on eight levels and triples the lab space at the Institute for expanded basic and translational research.

“Hunt has completed many research facilities similar in size and complexity to this one. The uniqueness of this project was the architectural features of the building, such as the vast amount of glass incorporated into the design,” said Matthew Barnes, vice president of Hunt Construction Group, the project’s general contractor. “The Van Andel Institute should be commended for selecting a world-renowned architect such as Rafael Viñoly to design their building. It was a privilege to be a part of such grand architecture.”

The structure was designed and constructed incorporating sustainable features to ensure it has a minimal impact on the environment. The Van Andel Institute’s Phase II building expansion has been submitted for LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.