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Grand Rapids Christian High School

A transformation long overdue

With decade upon decade of growth, Grand Rapids Christian High School underwent a series of haphazard building additions. The results were predictable. In addition to outdated learning spaces, students and visitors had difficulty finding their way around; student services were scattered in hard-to-find places throughout the building; and there wasn’t adequate space to host community gatherings. The school approached AMDG with a daunting goal: transform its aging infrastructure into a 21st century campus and learning facility.

Exterior of Van Andel Center

Welcoming a new era

Much like education itself, traffic patterns have evolved over the past 50 years. A more welcoming front entrance replaces what once was a confusing entry system.

A place to gather

A two-story hub at the center of the school offers everything from student services and administration to a café and bookstore—all in one convenient location.

“What really sets AMDG apart, however, is the passion and commitment they bring to our projects. They fully understand our organization’s mission, are a trusted steward of our resources, and have consistently delivered all projects on time and under budget. They have provided a listening ear, a strong voice, and trusted leadership for our community.”

Tom DeJonge, Superintendent at Grand Rapids Christian Schools

Reflecting the mission

In keeping with educational program goals, learning environments are designed to adapt easily and accommodate technology.

21st Century learning

New science, technology, and engineering facilities invite collaboration across disciplines.

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The importance of planning

To reconcile additions that span every decade since the 60s, the project required thoughtful planning. For example, AMDG carefully phased the demolition and construction that took place in the heart of the building to create a minimum of distraction for students and staff. Once the transformation was complete, the entire school community could enjoy a facility as prepared for the future as its students.