Photo credit: Jason Keen Photography
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Architect: Hobbs + Black
Contractor: Owen, Ames, & Kimball
Square Footage: 100,000
Construction Cost: $57,000,000
The Michigan State Police Grand Rapids Consolidation project is a new $57-million state-of-the-art headquarters that will serve the West Michigan and Greater Grand Rapids areas. The 100,000 square-foot building consolidates three units - the Rockford Post, the Sixth District Headquarters, and the Grand Rapids Forensic Lab - under one roof and into a single modern law-enforcement facility, and in the process closes multiple aging buildings. The Walker site was selected for its central location between Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties. The new complex will house an estimated 130 employees and includes a cutting-edge forensic facility.
The 2-story mostly steel-framed structure utilizes moment frames and masonry shear walls for lateral bracing; features a concrete-enclosed firing range and a rooftop mechanical penthouse; and, required careful floor vibration analyses for sensitive laboratory equipment.