$14.1 million expansion of Grand Valley State’s Fieldhouse Arena to add athletic training rooms and classrooms

ALLENDALE, MI — A new athletic training room, classrooms and study rooms, and locker rooms are coming to Grand Valley State University’s Fieldhouse Arena as part of a $14.1 million expansion project approved by the Board of Trustees last week.

The proposed Fieldhouse Arena renovation and expansion project at 10915 N Campus Dr. in Allendale will provide much-needed classroom teaching and practice space for GVSU’s student-athletes, said Greg Sanial, vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at GVSU.

“The GVSU Fieldhouse was originally built in 1968, and in the 54 years since then, the university’s athletic program, student recreation and academic instruction needs have evolved and expanded,” Sanial said in a prepared statement to MLive/The Grand Rapids Press.

“We had a significant lack of space to adequately support these academic, recreational/wellness and athletic activities that benefit our students and student athletes alike. The expansion will help close the space deficit and the remodeling will bring these spaces up to modern expectations.”

The GVSU Board of Trustees approved the plans for the renovation and expansion project during the board meeting on Friday, February 19th. Integrated Architecture of Grand Rapids will be contracted as the architectural firm for the project and Pioneer Construction will serve as construction manager.

The project is expected to be completed by August 2023, according to board documents.

The 22,280-square-foot expansion will add practice and competition areas for student groups such as varsity wrestling, dance, cheerleading, STUNT, martial arts and the police academy, board documents said.

The expansion includes a relocated and expanded athletic training room that will be large enough to service all varsity athletics, as well as a three mat gym, weight room, locker rooms and offices for coaches and strength and conditioning staff.

The university also plans to renovate the 3,900 square meter existing space that houses the current sports training room. The renovation will “greatly reduce current space constraints” in the building, the board documents say.

The renovation will improve the building’s study spaces for student athletes, as well as improve the Student Academic Advising Center and the Welfare and Development Office, the university said.

The Board of Trustees also approved GVSU’s new Reach Higher 2025 strategic plan during Friday’s meeting. President Philomena Mantella said the strategic plan sets out three “clear commitments” for the university: an empowered educational experience, lifelong learning, and a culture of educational equity.

“Reach Higher 2025 firmly positions GVSU as an institution committed to equity and systemic change in education, relentlessly addressing the injustices of the status quo,” said Mantella in a GVSU press release.

“The GVSU is resolutely opposed to t
The challenges of our time that enable our students to face the challenges of their time – for a lifetime. GVSU benefits from its strong liberal education, which produces educated, forward-thinking and flexible students. It is expanding as a talent producer, educating students in areas that are driving Michigan’s future and transforming the economy.”

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