Student center on schedule for fall 2017 opening

Students who returned to Hope College for the first day of classes yesterday likely noticed major changes on the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center project since the school year ended in May. There has been a whirlwind of progress on the new facility, going from little more than a footprint last spring to a major presence as the fall semester begins.

Granger Construction is the Construction Manager on the 53,600 square foot building that will open in time for the start of the 2017 fall semester. Constructed in the heart of campus, the new Student Center will connect to the DeWitt Student and Cultural Center and offer a large, multi-purpose room with links to an adjacent patio, a family lounge with picture windows, a theater and a small prayer chapel. The building will also have a state-of-the-art food and coffee area, offices and collaborative meeting spaces for various student organizations as well as offices for Counseling and Psychological Services.

Changes over the next several months may become less apparent from the outside as framing and masonry work come to a close, but the pace will continue to be intense. Infrastructure and finishing work inside the building will keep crews busy through next spring.

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