Grand Valley Magazine Fall 2014 - (Page 29)
SU STA I N AB I L IT Y
A student (inset) takes a photo of Zumberge Library in the 1970s; the new additions to Zumberge Hall are pictured.
photo by Bernadine Carey-Tucker, inset photo courtesy of University Archives
Old becomes new
by Leah Twilley
Former library renovated to become administration building
The saying, "out with the old, in with
the new" rings true with the newly
renovated James H. Zumberge Hall.
For nearly 45 years, Zumberge Library
served as a study space for thousands
of students. Today, the building serves
as a workspace for hundreds of staff
members in 16 administration offices,
including the President's Office.
The renovation project began in 2013
and was completed in summer of 2014.
It was built to LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) silver
standards, an internationally recognized
certification system developed by
the U.S. Green Building Council and a
baseline in design at Grand Valley. The
$22 million project, which includes a
22,664-square-foot addition on the
south side of the building, was funded
through university-issued bonds and
Campus Development Funds.
"We've done renovations on other
buildings, but nothing to this extent,"
said Scott Whisler, project manager for
Facilities Planning. "With a renovation
you don't have the freedom to design
from scratch, so you have to work with
what's already there."
Whisler said it was important to use
sustainable construction practices
during the project. He worked with
locally based companies VIA Design
(architect) and Wolverine Building
Group (builder) to create a design for
the 90,391-square-foot building. The
goal was for the design to meet LEED
standards and preserve the building's
Many materials used for the
renovation were purchased from local
and regional companies. Whisler
said the Facilities Planning team
hired as many local contractors and
subcontractors as possible.
The inside of the building was
completely gutted, except the large
staircase in the center of the building.
"We did this so people are reminded
of the original building each time they
visit," Whisler said. "We tried to mimic
the fluted concrete technique used on
the exterior of the building, but it was
a challenge to meet the quality of the
original, which shows how impressive
the craftsmanship was back then."
Whisler said since the opening of the
building in May, more than 40 percent of
water has been saved compared to the
baseline design of the building.
The renovation was designed for
the building to decrease energy use
over the baseline of the building's
performance, a LEED standard. Whisler
predicts that the building will save
20-26 percent annually.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Grand Valley Magazine Fall 2014
From Application to Admission
History Project Roots Scholars to Their Neighborhood
In the Weeds
College of Education Celebrates 50 Years
Q&A Diana Lawson
Off the Path
Grand Valley Magazine Fall 2014