Grand Rapids Art Museum

Project Details


Grand Rapids Art Museum


Grand Rapids, MI


125,000 square feet





Construction began in September 2004 for the new 125,000 SF new museum facility located on Monroe Center in downtown Grand Rapids, adjacent to Rosa Parks Circle, the urban park designed by Maya Lin. A $75 million Capital Campaign was held including the $55 million museum facility, site acquisition, and operating endowment. The new museum includes a 4,500 SF lobby/reception area, a 285-seat auditorium, several galleries, totaling 18,000 SF, for both changing exhibitions and permanent collections, a 2,400 SF retail shop, a 1,500 SF cafĂ©, and 5,000 SF of educational area (studios and orientation areas), controlled storage and receiving areas, as well as one level of underground parking with space for 40 cars. The project received Gold LEED Certification. The building also received three 2008 Associated Builders & Contractors Awards for Miscellaneous Steel, Interior Finishing – Over $1 million, and Green Building – Over $10 Million.


Hired to be the Architect of Record for the new art museum in 2003. The Museum was working with Munkenbeck & Marshall out of London, England as the design architect.


Worked closely with Munkenbeck & Marshall and the Art Museum to complete design development and construction documents for the project. Integrally collaborated with wHY Architects out of California to complete the design and see the new museum through construction, with Rockford/Pepper acting as the Construction Manager.