Grand Rapids Community College, Lakeshore Campus

Holland, Michigan


Grand Rapids Community College


52,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has offered classes on the lake shore, spread out in four locations, for more than 20 years. The college purchased the former JCPenney in The Shops at Westshore Mall in the heart of Holland Township to become a consolidated GRCC Lakeshore Campus, committed to serving Lakeshore learners of all ages. One consolidated campus creates synergy and collaboration across programs that are physically co-located. The facility gives GRCC flexibility to grow into the much-larger space and establishes a strong presence that truly embeds the college – and education – in a community. One of the challenges presented to the design team was to take the JCPenney space and create a new GRCC identity that would shed any association with the old retail presence. The vast interior space was converted into labs and classrooms, and the exterior of the building was completely transformed, establishing a modern, welcoming presence while saving as much of the existing building shell as possible to keep the project within its budget.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

The Christman Company

Cost per Sq Ft


Featured in

2022 Educational Interiors Showcase



Interior category

Interior Renovation

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Brick/Masonry by Belden Brick
Ceilings by Rockfon
Ceilings by Monoglass
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Detex
Door Hardware by HES
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by McKinney
Door Hardware by Pemko
Door Hardware by Rockwood
Door Hardware by Sargent
Door Hardware by Trimco
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by Yale
Door Hardware by Special-Lite
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Skylights by Major Industries
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Hubbell Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Leviton
Lighting & Accessories by Cree, Inc.
Emergency Lighting by Cree, Inc.
Emergency Lighting by Leviton
Emergency Lighting by Hubbell Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Honeywell
Classroom Furniture by Haworth
Library/Media Center Furniture by Haworth
Lounge Furniture by Haworth
Office Furniture by Haworth
Science Furniture by Mott Mfg
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Accessories by American Specialties
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom/Shower Partitions by American Specialties
Clocks/Time Management by Primex Wireless
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Control Devices by Trane
Draperies/Blinds by Division Ten Signage
Lockers by Hadrian
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by PolyVision
Wire Management by Cablofil
Load more

AS&U Design Competitions

The ultimate tribute to education design excellence. If selected for publication, this distinctive...

Have an exceptional project that deserves national recognition? Want to show your best work to the...