Richard M. DeVos Center

Acoustics By Design was brought in by Design Plus to offer acoustical consulting and solutions for the Richard M. DeVos School of Business, which opened in the fall of 2000.  Our professional engineers made detailed recommendations for architectural acoustic features that would improve the facility’s overall environmental quality and sustainability.

Administrative offices, classrooms, student gathering areas, conference rooms, study areas, the Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall, international trade center, the Regency Dining Room, the Steelcase Graduate Library, the Loosemore Auditorium, and the Amway Board Room are just a few of the spaces included in this 256,000 gross SF (154,000 net assignable SF) graduate school. It was designed to increase the University’s presence in the downtown area, allow easier accessibility for working professionals who wanted to continue their education, and revitalize the local neighborhood.

The building received several awards including the “M” Award from AIA Michigan in 2000, the American School & University Architectural Portfolio Citation in 2001, Associated Builder & Contractor Awards in the Masonry, Masonry over $4 Million, and Institutional Construction $25 to $40 Million categories in 2001, and the Grand Valley AIA Distinguished Building Award in 2001. The total project budget and final cost was $52,650,000 including fees, FFE and technology.