Event Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Kirkhof Center located?

The Kirkhof Center is located on the Allendale campus approximately one mile from the main entrance. It is directly south of the Carillon Clock Tower.

Who can reserve space in the Kirkhof Center?

Both on-campus and off-campus clients are allowed to reserve space in the Kirkhof Center. There is a charge for off-campus clients to use the Kirkhof Center facilities.

How far in advance can I reserve space?

Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

What rooms are available to reserve?

There are a wide variety of rooms available to reserve in the Kirkhof Center, anything from a small conference room for 8 or a large banquet room for 350. Click here for the rental rates of our larger rooms. For the rental rates of our smaller conference rooms please call Event Services at (616)331-2350.

What does the room cost cover?

The cost of the room covers the use of the tables and chairs and the room setup. Catering and audio/visual is an extra charge. For more information on catering, please call (616) 331-3342.

What kind of audio/visual equipment is available for use?

Microphones (podium, floor, and lavalier), LCD projectors, laptops, TV/DVD/VCR, CD player, sound equipment, etc. Please call (616) 331-2350 if you need anything that you don’t see listed. You must request audio/visual equipment prior to your event. NOTE: There is an additional charge for all audio visual equipment.

When can wedding receptions be scheduled in the Kirkhof Center?

Wedding receptions can only be scheduled from the first weekend in May to the third weekend in August.

Can I use my own caterer for my event?

No, Grand Valley State University is contracted with Aramark and they must be used for all events held on Grand Valley’s campus.

Is alcohol service available in the Kirkhof Center?

Yes, the Kirkhof Center holds a liquor license for certain rooms in the building: Grand River Room, Pere Marquette, 2215/2216, Thornapple, the Solarium, and the lobby.

Who is responsible for providing decorations for the room (in the event that decorations are wanted)?

Each customer is responsible for decorating the room that they are using. All decorations must be cleaned up after the event. No glitter or confetti may be used. NOTE: The only adhesive that may be used is blue tape, to help prevent damage to our facilities.

Where is parking available for the Kirkhof Center?

Parking is available in Lot H or in the metered parking in front of the building.

Are parking permits required for the parking lots?

Yes, parking permits are required for all parking lots on Grand Valley’s campus, except in the metered parking, weekends, and after 6:30pm on weekdays. Parking in the summer does not require a parking permit. If you require a parking option prior to 6:30 PM on weekdays, please coordinate with Event Services by calling (616) 331-2350.

Page last modified September 7, 2012