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Jack H. Miller Center
for Musical Arts
Hope College -- Holland, Michigan

Hope College has a rich tradition in the arts, and its students and faculty members in these disciplines deserve a facility equal to their talents. Hope students and the Holland and West Michigan communities will be well served through the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. An acoustically superior concert hall and adjacent music department building will be added to the campus.

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 (pictured), Class of 1954.


Read More about the Project
Read Announcement Naming Facility
Read Announcement of Groundbreaking
Gift of Concert Organ for Musical Arts Center Announced / See Photos
Musical Arts Center Will Honor Longtime Educators
Contractor Named for Musical Arts Center

Progress Reports

After waiting 50 years for a new music facility, Bob Ritsema, Music Professor Emeritus, is all smiles as he signs the wall Tuesday, Aug. 5, celebrating the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts Block Party. Nearly 500 people signed the wall. Construction is at the mid-point with a Fall, 2015 opening anticipated.

Miller Center Construction Facts
  • 12,609 cubic yards of soil was moved onsite. That is the equivalent of 841 dump truck loads.
  • 7.2 million pounds of pre-cast concrete panels were used to form the exterior structure. That is the equivalent of the weight of approximately 11,077 grand pianos.
  • 336 tons of steel and 1,400 cubic yards of concrete (320 truckloads) were used.
  • There is 43,894 square feet of roofing. That is the equivalent of 16 tennis courts.
  • There will be 250 doors in the building.
  • There will be 19,528 square feet of wood paneling in the building.
  • There will be 12,093 square feet of glass in the building. That is the equivalent of a little more than 2 1/2 NCAA college basketball courts.
  • There will be 285,450 square feet of drywall installed. That is the equivalent of five soccer fields. 284,638 square feet of wall space will be painted.

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