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
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 the sixth most popular area of interest listed by students applying to Hope
College, engineering attracts many bright and motivated students. Since engineering
courses were introduced at the college in 1979, the curriculum has steadily
expanded. In 2006, the Department of Engineering became a stand-alone department,
giving today’s students many more options of study. The physical growth,
however, has lagged behind the curricular growth, and Hope now needs expanded
space for the study of engineering.
The project includes a two-story, 9,000-square-foot addition to VanderWerf
Hall. The growing department of engineering will receive additional space through
construction of a $4 million addition (including construction and maintenance
endowment) to the northwestern side of VanderWerf Hall, which currently houses
the department as well as the departments of computer science, mathematics
and physics. The finished project will provide a two-story, 9,000-square-foot
addition. The expansion will include 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
Kruizenga Art Museum
Hope is making plans 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 facility is to be named in recognition of a leadership gift from Richard ’52
and Margaret Feldmann ’52 Kruizenga of Holland, Mich. (formerly of
The total goal for the museum is $4,375,000, which includes construction
costs of just over $3 million and a maintenance endowment of over $1 mllion,
with $1.8 million left to raise. Several alumni and friends of the college
have already contributed to the project, with fundraising on-going. The Kruizengas’ gift
includes not only support for the construction of the museum, but endowments
for its exhibition program, a new curator for the collection and the endowment
of a professorship in the department of art, which are all over and above the
total museum goal.
The museum will be constructed on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street, between the
De Pree Art Center and the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication on
land Campus Scene currently occupied by a parking lot and a student-housing
cottage. The design is still being finalized, but the preliminary site plan
calls for an extensive plaza and green space linking and between the three
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Concert Hall & Music Facility
The new concert hall and music facility will provide
both outstanding teaching space (for a department that outgrew its
current home years ago) and performance space unequalled in West Michigan.
hall 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 new building
will be constructed facing Columbia Avenue between Ninth and 10th
streets. At 64,000 square feet, the $33 million
facility will be more than double the size of Nykerk Hall of Music, which
totals about 27,000 square feet.
The auditorium will seat approximately 800 patrons. The concert hall’s
first-floor auditorium will consist of approximately 500 seats and an additional
300 seats in an extended overhead balcony. Adjacent ensemble practice
rooms, classrooms, rehearsal halls, and offices will complement the aesthetics
and interdisciplinary activities of
the new music building, vacating the aged and antiquated Nykerk Hall of Music
Several other important enhancements in a new music building include an updated
piano lab, computer lab, percussion studio, recording studio, music library,
instrumental/orchestra/choral library, and instrumental storage lockers.
The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation has provided a leadership gift as a
catalyst for this project.
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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
college have placed students first.
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, a concert hall
and music facility, 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
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
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
The new 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
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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See photos of completed project
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
of the Boeve Baseball Stadium
Boeve Baseball Stadium
A renovation of the baseball field at the Buys Athletics Complex
on the campus of Hope College was completed in 2008.
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
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.
of the New Stadium
Wolters Softball Stadium
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
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
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
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
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
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
console and the mechanical parts.
Jewel in the Crown (December 2006 news from Hope
a Treasure (Feburary 2005 news from Hope College)
Gallery Featuring the Skinner Organ's Return
Facilities built between 2003
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
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
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
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