nd the usage of locally-manufactured materials in the production process. Intelligent building design features include CO2 sensors throughout the building that detect the presence of people and automatically adjust room temperature.
The construction of Phase II provided more than 1,800 local building jobs between the project groundbreaking in April of 2007 and completion. The majority of the project team was composed of Grand Rapids-based businesses. In addition to Rafael Vinoly Architects PC, the Phase II project team included Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., The Hunt Construction Group, Culhane & Fahrenkrug Consulting, LLC, URS, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Materials Testing Consultants, and CommTech Design.
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