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FSU/Kendall to form an architecture school?

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In the editorial of the Business Journal this week, there was a mention of Ferris State looking at augmenting their engineering programs with a new architecture program through the FSU/Kendall venture. Would this be a good program to offer in GR?

I think right now the only universities that offer an architecture degree in Michigan are University of Detroit, University of Michigan, and Lawrence Tech (?).

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I am back in GR for the first time in a while... and today had the chance to park downtown and take a walk around. So much has changed! Downtown is a definite college town now. Rather, it has much more of a college atmosphere than it did before (especially with all of the GVSU stuff down there now). I never knew that Kendal and FSU merged either until I parked across the street. So much is going on too. I took some great pictures which I'll post in a while. it's good to be back.

btw... an architecture program at FSU/Kendal is a great idea. it's already one of the top design schools in the country, so I am positive that if it added an architecture program that it would be top knotch as well. I really like what Grand Rapids is becoming.

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They've been kicking the idea around for several years now. It got backburnered when there was a high level adminstrative turnover about a year or so ago.

Glad to see its coming to the forefront again.

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I've heard rumors of this for a month or so now. Its great news for people like me. Didn't want to have to relocate the family to Ann Arbor so I could go to Grad School... I couldn't read the article linked above since I'm not a subscriber, but I hope this thing kicks off soon!

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This is great news and would be a great addition to the city. I think it's as cool as the idea of the Med School, just without the $100 million dollars and mega building...

Joe

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They've been kicking the idea around for several years now. It got backburnered when there was a high level adminstrative turnover about a year or so ago.

Glad to see its coming to the forefront again.

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I think this is a great move for Farris and Kendall. With the artitstic capacities of Kendall and the Engineering skills from Farris. Some very unqiue architects will surely come out of this.

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I wonder if this could be coupled with the GR's status as a LEED city. Can LEED building design somehow be tied into an architectural school -- is that the norm? If at all I would think concentrating LEED concepts here could establish Grand Rapids as a learning center.

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Combine that with an urban design/urban planning specialty and that would be a great package for potential students.

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Combine that with an urban design/urban planning specialty and that would be a great package for potential students.

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It'll be interesting to see what happens. They currently have an archicture program in Big Rapids, but it's only a 2 year program for an associate's degree. You'd think I'd know more about future plans since I still get there College of Technology alumni magazine and that's what the architecture program is it. :unsure:

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Does anyone have any scoop on what is going on with this? I've heard rumor that Kendal/Ferris have plans on turning part of the old Art Museum into a Masters of Architecture program. That would be a great use of that space.

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...as long as they don't mess with those two beautiful upstairs open spaces (the ones with wooden floors).

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...as long as they don't mess with those two beautiful upstairs open spaces (the ones with wooden floors).

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According to Ferris - Kendall's Master Plan, this is what they have outlined for the current Art Museum building:

THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM BUILDING (GRAM)

Immediately north of the Kendall Building between Lyon Street on the north and Pearl Street on the south, is the

Grand Rapids Art Museum. Formerly known as the Federal Court, this monumental Beaux Arts classic building

occupies the entire City block and contains 82,000 square feet. Through an agreement with the City of Grand

Rapids, Ferris State University will gain control of the building in June 2006 when the Art Museum vacates for a new

building it has under construction in the downtown area. It is the intention of FSU to renovate the GRAM to provide

much needed space for offices, student workshops and storage space would be located in the 21,000 square foot

basement. A library, art exhibition galleries, caf

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According to Kendall's Winter 2008 newsletter, this project to take over the old GRAM building is still moving forward. It sounds like the project has jumped to $10 - $12 Million, and that a design firm was to be chosen in April. Anyone work for an AE firm, or know anyone at Kendall, that has the in on whether that selection process has happened? Did they go with VOA Associates of Chicago (who did the feasibility study)?

http://www.kcad.edu/direct/asset/show/1070

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All I know is that it sounds like it won't be ready to take in students until I'll be in Ann Arbor taking architecture there.

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All I know is that it sounds like it won't be ready to take in students until I'll be in Ann Arbor taking architecture there.

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According to Kendall's Winter 2008 newsletter, this project to take over the old GRAM building is still moving forward. It sounds like the project has jumped to $10 - $12 Million, and that a design firm was to be chosen in April. Anyone work for an AE firm, or know anyone at Kendall, that has the in on whether that selection process has happened? Did they go with VOA Associates of Chicago (who did the feasibility study)?

http://www.kcad.edu/direct/asset/show/1070

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I wonder if this could be coupled with the GR's status as a LEED city. Can LEED building design somehow be tied into an architectural school -- is that the norm? If at all I would think concentrating LEED concepts here could establish Grand Rapids as a learning center.

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Architecture schools, in my experience, stay away from LEED in general. The focus in school is more on a sustainable building instead of just looking down a list of 'points' that a building can attain.

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Architecture schools, in my experience, stay away from LEED in general. The focus in school is more on a sustainable building instead of just looking down a list of 'points' that a building can attain.

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Does that mean LEED is nothing more than a public relations thing and that it is not necessary to attain that rating to have an environmentally friendly building?

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Architecture schools, in my experience, stay away from LEED in general. The focus in school is more on a sustainable building instead of just looking down a list of 'points' that a building can attain.

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