DeVos Place Convention Center and Performance Hall

Project Details


DeVos Place


1,037,905 square feet





The expansion and renovation of the Grand Center into DeVos Place creates a state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facility that will meet the needs of major users, now and into the future. Function spaces are enlarged and reorganized to increase convenience and ease of use for both the public and the exhibitor. The major components of the project are 160,000 SF of column-free Exhibit Hall (360 foot clear-span), a 40,000 SF sub-divisible Ballroom, 35,000 SF of flexible meeting rooms in a variety of sizes, and a 675 space parking garage. The key space within DeVos Place is the 450’ long by 80’ high sky lit Grand Gallery, a pre-function space which links Monroe Avenue to the Grand River. Integral within DeVos Place design is DeVos Performance Hall, for which a new signature lobby was made. The 1 million square foot convention facility integrates the heritage of downtown Grand Rapids with a new and memorable architectural experience sited carefully on a quality urban riverfront. Progressive AE holds the Prime Contract and is Architect/Engineer of Record. We have partnered on the design of convention center with Ellerbe Becket of Minneapolis.


Provide a convention and exhibit facility that increases the ability of the DeVos Place to attract new and larger groups, maintain the current growing businesses, and more readily serve multiple events.


Function spaces were enlarged and reorganized to improve convenience and use for both the public and the exhibitor. A Grand Gallery links the Grand River through the convention center to a main downtown plaza - each end is a front door.