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Hope's New and Renovated Facilities

The college is committed to providing facilities that offer outstanding support for the learning, teaching and research that take place on campus.

The largest single fundraising effort in the college’s history, the $175 million A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign, which is currently underway, will benefit every student as it strengthens the college’s endowment, adds several new buildings, and supports immediate needs through the annual Hope Fund.

A successful completion to A Greater Hope will enhance the facilities needed to strengthen academic and student life, including the concert hall and music facility, student center, outdoor athletic improvements, art museum, and engineering addition.


Haworth Engineering Center

As one of the most popular areas of academic interest listed by prospective students, the engineering curriculum at Hope College has steadily grown. Engineering courses were introduced at the college in 1979. In 2006, the Department of Engineering became a stand-alone department, giving today's students many more options of study. The opening in the fall of 2013 of the Haworth Egnieering Center will provide much needed space.

The Haworth Egnineering Center is a two-story, 9,000-square-foot addition to VanderWerf Hall which also houses departments of computer science, mathematics and physics. The Center includes purpose-built laboratory space for students enrolled in engineering design courses as well as for co-curricular projects like Formula SAE.

The project has been supported through a leadership gift from Holland-based Haworth Inc.

Kruizenga Art Museum

In May, 2013 ground was broken for a new art museum that will house and provide exhibition space for the Permanent Collection, as well as dedicated curatorial support to help care for the collection and further develop it as a teaching tool.

The Kruizenga Art Museum honors a leadership gift from Richard ’52 and the late Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga of Holland, Mich. (formerly of Irving, Texas). The Kruizengas’ gift includes not only support for the construction of the museum, but created endowments for its exhibition program, a new curator for the collection and the endowment of a professorship in the department of art.

The museum will be constructed on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street near the De Pree Art Center. The site plan includes an extensive plaza and green space. It is scheduled for completion during the 2014-15 school year.Learn more about the project

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts will provide both outstanding
teaching space and performance venues unequalled in the region. Planned for Columbia Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets, the facility will not only benefit those who perform in—and attend—Hope student and guest-artist concerts, but will also serve as a resource for the broader Holland and West Michigan communities.

The building is a significant component of the college’s $175 million comprehensive campaign, “A Greater Hope”, now nearing completion. It was inspired by an initial lead gift to the campaign from Richard and Helen DeVos and brought to fruition by a major gift from alumnus Jack H. Miller.

The building will be located directly across the street from the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication It will include two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the department of music. The 64,000-square-foot complex will be built along Columbia Avenue between 9th and 10th streets.

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Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center

The Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center will be constructed in the central campus, adjacent to Hope’s Pine Grove. The new student center will be named for presidential couple Jim and Martie Bultman, who throughout their time at the college have placed students first. Dr. Jim Bultman was president of Hope College from 1999-2013.

The center will be built on the site presently occupied by Nykerk Hall of Music, which will remain in use until construction of another of the campaign’s major projects, "The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts", provides a new home for the college’s department of music. Project cost for the student center is $16 million, with an additional $4 million operating endowment and $1 million for renovation of existing space. A target date for construction of the student center has not yet been set.

The facility will be creatively and realistically designed to address the needs of students and the college. The 42,000-square-foot facility will provide dynamic, attractive space to promote student interaction and a myriad of events in exciting venues, and will serve as a beacon drawing students to their campus “family room.” It will feature significant space that is adaptable for student activities and programming, including a theatre, coffee shop, social lounges, Christian prayer chapel, student activities offices, and expanded outdoor gathering space.

The plan calls for the DeWitt Center to be connected to the new student center, allowing synergy between various student and administrative offices while creating a one-stop site of great convenience to students.

The building will support a student-life program that has grown substantially since 1971 as enrollment has increased, from 2,101 students 40 years ago to more than 3,200 currently.

The center is supported by a $10 million lead gift from the Bob and Cheri VanderWeide family of Ada. Cheri VanderWeide is among the co-chairs of the campaign.

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Most Recent Projects - Athletic Facilities

Vande Poel - Heeringa Tennis Complex

The college's top-notch athletic facilities were joined by a new outdoor tennis complex in the Fall of 2012. Consisting of 12 courts, as well as an officials' shelter and elevated seating for spectators, the complexprovides Hope athletes with a site they have needed for years -- eliminating the need to play home matches at local high schools. It also serves community tennis enthusiasts.

The courts are named for Earle Vande Poel '35 and George Heeringa '36, doubles partners on the Hope tennis team in the 1930s, and made possible by a leadership gift from the Ted '72 and Barb '73 Etheridge family.

The new court are located close to Hope's DeWitt Tennis Center which features six indoor courts.

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Van Andel Soccer Stadium

The Van Andel Soccer Stadium, home of Hope College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, joined Hope’s other signature facilities in 2009 as one of the finest soccer stadiums in the nation for a college of Hope’s size.

The Van Andel Soccer Stadium includes stadium-style and bleacher seats for 1,400 fans, locker rooms for Hope’s teams, and other amenities such as a press box, training room, concession stand and terrace areas for picnics and tailgating. The playing surface is an artificial turf, and the stadium has lights to allow for night games.

A lead gift of $3 million from the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation has made the project possible.

Van Andel Soccer Stadium Project Information

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Boeve Baseball Stadium

A renovation of the baseball field at the Buys Athletics Complex on the campus of Hope College was completed in 2008.

The Boeve Baseball Stadium at the Buys Athletics Complex gives Hope College one of the finest baseball facilities in NCAA Division III. The field is named in honor of Ronald Boeve, Hope College class of 1953 and an assistant baseball coach for nearly a quarter of century, and his wife Sonja (Sunny). Read press release

The Stadium has permanent stands for fans, a press box and dugouts. Fans have an unobstructed view of the playing field. The seating accommodates approximately 300 fans. The area has a patio suitable for tailgating.

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Wolters Softball Stadium

The opening of Wolters Softball Stadium at the Buys Athletics Complex in 2008 gave Hope College one of the finest softball facilities in NCAA Division III. The stadium is named in honor longtime Hope softball coach Karla Hoesch Wolters and her husband Tom. Both are graduates of the Hope College class of 1973. Read press release

One of the finest softball stadiums in all of NCAA Division III, the facility features permanent stands for fans, a press box, spacious dugouts and public restrooms. The seating accommodates approximately 250 fans and fans have an unobstructed view of the playing field. . The area has a patio suitable for tailgating.

The Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse

The Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse

The Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse houses the offices for the department of kinesiology and the college’s athletic training program, and is the home court for the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs. The 102,000 square foot building is located at Fairbanks Avenue south of Ninth Street.

The fieldhouse is named for Richard and Helen DeVos in honor of their foundation’s leadership gift.

The total project cost was $22 million.

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Most Recent Restoration and Renovation Projects

Graves Hall

One of Hope College’s oldest and most distinguished buildings has been brought into the modern era while also being returned to its original glory in an “adaptive restoration” being completed for the start of classes in fall 2009.

Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall is Hope’s third-oldest building and was constructed as the college’s chapel and library in addition to serving as a classroom building. The recent, $5.7-million project restored the character of the building as it existed before major interior renovations in the 1960s and 1980s, while also meeting contemporary standards for access, safety and use. The building includes five classrooms; the 163-seat Winants Auditorium; and the Presidents’ Room, a conference room containing portraits of all of the college’s presidents. The ground level houses the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) and Upward Bound programs, as well as the Schoon Meditation Chapel. Graves Hall and Winants Auditorium were named for Nathan Graves and Gerrit Winants respectively in honor of leadership gifts in support of the building’s original construction.

Graves Hall Adaptive Restoration Honored

In the fall of 2010, the adaptive restoration of Graves Hall was recognized for excellence.

  • The project was named the area's top historical-renovation project in the 2010 Construction Awards Program of the Western Michigan Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

  • The Grand Valley American Institute of Architects (GVAIA) recognized the project in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category of its 2010 Honor Awards program.

Graves Hall Project Information

Lubbers Hall

During the Summer of 2006, the renovation of the 64-year-old Lubbers Hall was completed. The renovation of Lubbers Hall has completely changed the interior of the building, taking advantage of space made available when the department of communication relocated to the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication last year. The project has added 28 faculty offices while reducing the number of classrooms in the building from 10 to six. Lubbers continues to house the departments of English, history, philosophy, political science and religion, as well as the office of the dean for the arts and humanities.

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Restoration of the Chapel's Skinner Organ

A major restoration of the historic Skinner organ in the chapel was recently completed. First built in 1929, the organ was disassembled and taken to the A. Thompson-Allen Company—an organ restoration, maintenance and tuning business from New Haven, Conn. The organ's chambers have been repaired and workers have reinstalled the 2,932 pipes, the console and the mechanical parts.

A Jewel in the Crown (December 2006 news from Hope College)

Restoring a Treasure (Feburary 2005 news from Hope College)

Photo Gallery Featuring the Skinner Organ's Return

Facilities built between 2003 - 2005

Martha Miller

Martha Miller Center for Global Communication

The Martha Miller Center houses the departments of communication and of modern and classical languages, as well as the offices of international education and multicultural life. It is also the location for the director of the college's new Center for Faithful Leadership program. The 49,000 square foot building, which was completed in September 2005, is named in honor of the late Martha Miller, who died in 1999 at age 96, in recognition of a $3 million leadership gift her family made on behalf of the project through her estate. The project totaled $12 million. Learn more about this project.

Science Center

The A. Paul Schaap Science Center

The science center project included construction of both a new, 85,900 square foot building and the renovation of the existing, 72,000 square foot Peale Science Center. The new building opened in August of 2003, and the renovation of the adjacent Peale building was completed in August of 2004. The combined structures house the departments of biology, chemistry, geological and environmental sciences, nursing and psychology. The project totaled $36 million. Learn more about this project. In May, 2006, the center was named in honor of alumnus A. Paul Schaap '67. announcement

Cook Hall Residents Say "Thank You"
Residents of Cook Hall on Wednesday joined the donors who made possible construction of the addition to the residence hall. The $2.5 million addition is providing housing for an additional 66 students open in time for the 2006 school year. Cook Hall rooms are in a "suite" design with a full bathroom joining two bedrooms. The building has lounges, an exercise room, computer lab, and laundry facilities. It is easily accessible to college dining services at the Haworth Center. Air-conditioned, Cook Hall is frequently used to host summer conference guests. Cook Hall, which opened for the 1997-98 school year, is named in honor of Peter and Emajean (Pat) Cook in recognition of their long-time support of Hope. Mr. Cook was a member of the college's Board of Trustees from 1977 until 1989. Information About the Project