Christman Construction Company. Since 1894.

Michigan Street Development

Medical Development

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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  • Real Estate Development and Construction Management
  • New Construction
  • Phase1: $150,000,000, Project Total: $250,000,000
  • 740,000 s.f.
  • Various
  • Completion: July 2011

Michigan Street Development is a unique public/private project that is the result of a partnership between The Christman Company and RDV Corporation, a management investment firm. This project includes a medical office and research facility consisting of three quarters of a million square feet of space spread throughout four buildings and a parking deck. The project’s location is a strategic economic growth project for the City of Grand Rapids and its emerging life sciences corridor, commonly called the Medical Mile.

This project incorporates two non-profit organizations (Spectrum Health and Van Andel Research Institute) and one municipality (The City of Grand Rapids) who are participating with Michigan Street Development, LLC in the parking deck portion of the project. By utilizing a public/private development approach, Christman was able to preserve the benefits desired by nonprofits while optimizing the benefits for the private sector.

The Michigan Street Development benefits from key governmental programs, including Brownfield and SmartZone designations. Phase I consisted of the 282,000-s.f. Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion for Spectrum Health, the $51 million, 180,000-s.f. Michigan State University Secchia Center College of Human Medicine (part of the University’s West Michigan Medical School Expansion), Tower 25, a seven-story medical building, and a parking structure. Tower 25 contains Spectrum Health medical offices, conference/training space and research labs. Other tenants include an optometrist and urological consultants. Tower 25 will connect to Phase II’s Tower 35, which will contain 4,000-s.f. of retail space and a food court. Tower 35 will also contain lab space, pediatric clinics for Spectrum Health and a bridge that will directly connect to the Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital across the street. Work on Tower 35 is planned to start in January 2010 with a July 2011 completion date.

Another feature of the project involves construction of a pedestrian tunnel running underneath Michigan Street to connect the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion to the other buildings in Spectrum’s Butterworth Campus. The geological crew utilized a cutting-edge method of sequential excavation and support to maximize safety and efficiency. Its use represents the first time this type of tunnel system was used on a project of this scale, and it subsequently won the 2007 ABC/WMC Construction Award. Additionally, all Michigan Street Development projects will be linked via a pedestrian bridge creating a connectivity of all facilities in the Medical Mile.

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