VAI breaks ground on $170M expansion

By: Deborah Johnson Wood

On April 12, the Van Andel Institute will break ground on its $170 million, 240,000-square-foot building expansion, tripling the Institute's laboratory space. A ceremony at Crescent and Division Streets, the southwest corner of the building site, begins at 9:30 AM.

VAI's CEO and Chairman David Van Andel will participate in the groundbreaking, along with the Van Andel Research Institute's Director George Vande Woude, Andrea Lamberti, project director from Rafael Vinoly Architects PC, Matt Barnes from Hunt Construction Group, Bill Schoonveld from Owen-Ames-Kimball. U.S. Representative Vernon J. Ehlers also is expected to attend.

When complete, the expansion will be a $125 million operation employing 800 researchers and administrative staff, including 550 new positions. The VAI will dedicate a new lab to research of Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders and chronic illnesses. Construction will be completed in 2009.

Source: Van Andel Institute

Deborah Johnson Wood is the Development News Editor for Rapid Growth. She can be reached at [email protected].

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