"The Seidman College of Business will not only influence this city's
skyline, but the economic vitality of the entire state."  - Richard M. DeVos

Sept. '09 Richard M. DeVos publically broaches the idea for the new center for the first time during the memorial tribute to Bill Seidman. Private fundraising commences during this month.
Oct. '09 Robert A.M. Sterns Architects, LLP is selected as the firm for construction of the L. William Seidman Center.
July '10 GVSU approaches a $4.42M deal with the owners of a riverfront property adjacent to the U.S. S-Curve that will become the new site of the Seidman College of Business. A four story warehouse on the property is demolished. At this point, construction of the center is expected to create 300 construction jobs and upon completion of the Seidman College of Business is expected to add another 150 jobs.
Oct. '10 At this point, $20M of the $25M dollars in private funds needed for the building have been raised. Richard DeVos, general chairman of the Grand Valley University Foundation, and other lead donors participate in a ceremony to celebrate. The total cost of the building project is $40M, and the remaining $15M will be funded by public sources.
May '11 Groundbreaking for the L. William Seidman Center. At the groundbreaking, Richard and Helen DeVos announced a "challenge grant" where they will match, dollar-for-dollar, gifts made to the Seidman Center from May 25, 2011 to June 30, 2011. Construction begins shortly after groundbreaking.
April '13 Construction of the L. William Seidman Center is completed.
May '13 Faculty and Staff start moving in the first week of May; spring classes start May 6.
Oct. 9 2013 Formal Dedication
Oct. 11 2013 Community Open House 1:00pm-5:00pm



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