Today, many medical systems are focused on neighborhood healthcare centers, but large, destination locations continue to play an important role in the medical landscape. Attracting students, teachers, researchers, patients, and healthcare providers from around the world, the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids, MI is a destination for specialty healthcare services and world-renowned research. At the top of Michigan Street is Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) new five-story teaching laboratory, classroom and office space - Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. Rockford will complete the 84,000-sq. ft. building mid-2018.
A short walk away from GVSU’s new building is Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, an award-winning pediatric hospital on the Medical Mile, where Rockford completed renovations to the outpatient center and endocrinology clinic. The newly renovated spaces serve as a destination for advanced specialty care services.
One of the most recent and noticeable changes to the Medical Mile is the ground-up construction of Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Research Center (MSU GRRC), which was completed as a joint venture between Rockford and Clark Construction. At 162,800 sq. ft., the GRRC anchors the Medical Mile. The seven story building provides more than 100,000 sq. ft. of bio-medical research space to support MSU’s independent research, College of Human Medicine faculty and students, and Big Ten research initiatives. According to Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy Peter Secchia, a major donor for the project, “the center will help to tap into funded research on a deeper level and expand the medical research agenda. It will be a magnet to attract business in the life sciences and growth in biotechnology.”