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Van Andel Institute Cuts Ribbon on $178 Million Expansion
Date:12/7/2009

hers, I am confident that this regional initiative will have a major impact on translating cutting-edge biomedical discoveries into improved treatments for patients."

The Van Andel Institute building was designed by New York-based Rafael Vinoly Architects PC and intended to be constructed in two phases. The façade of Phase II mimics the cascading roofs and windows of the current Phase I building, which was completed in 2000 and evokes the rapids of the Grand River, which flows through downtown Grand Rapids. Rafael Vinoly's broad portfolio of award-winning work includes the Tokyo International Forum, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and a much-publicized proposal for the World Trade Center site.

As in the case of Phase I, the glass roof design and open plan of Phase II offer abundant natural light, a unique open laboratory layout, and flexible laboratory and meeting spaces. The expansion also offers enhancements such as a 90-seat conference center and a 100-seat cafeteria, a demonstration lab for visitors to view research in progress, an interactive Discovery Wall, an expanded library, interior design that reflects the diversity of the Institute, and numerous "green" features.

Consistent with the region's emphasis on green building - Grand Rapids leads in the nation in per capita Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - certified buildings and ranks eighth in the nation in total number - Phase II will become one of just a handful of medical research laboratories in the Midwest to attain LEED certification. The new building and the construction process feature such energy efficient mechanisms as: photovoltaic panels to reduce energy demands during summer, a heat recovery system to reduce heating demand, low-flow water fixtures that reduce water usage by 30%, 33,000-gallon rainwater storage tanks to further reduce demand for potable water, the recycling of over 95% of construction waste, a
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