KCAD Announces Construction Projects for Summer/Fall 2016

Posted August 1, 2016 in Campus

The downtown Grand Rapids campus of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is undergoing a series of construction projects.

Upgrades to the climate control system of the 17 Fountain St. NW building are currently underway. Grandville-based Grand Valley Automation has been contracted to perform the necessary work.

Repairs to the exterior masonry of KCAD’s main campus building at 17 Fountain St. NW will also soon be underway. The contractor for the project, Grand Rapids-based Midwest Building Maintenance, will begin repairs on the north side of the building facing Pearl St. this week. The work will be done from hydraulic lifts, and will not restrict building access.

The masonry repairs on the north face of the building, home to “Mural for Grand Rapids,” created by artist Jeff Zimmerman as part of KCAD’s 2010 ArtPrize exhibition, will take the necessary steps to protect those areas of the mural not under repair. Zimmerman has agreed to restore the mural to its original condition after the masonry repairs are complete.

KCAD is also soliciting bids for repair work to the garden level of the Woodbridge N. Ferris building at 17 Pearl St. NW to address water infiltration issues. Construction and bidding documentation was developed by Grand Rapids-based Audu Engineering. Bidding begins August 1 and closes August 15.

“One of KCAD’s core strategic planning initiatives is to continue to provide our students with engaging and transformative learning experiences. Ensuring the optimization of our facilities is key to cultivating those experiences,” said President Leslie Bellavance.