Kirkhof Center Frequently Asked Questions

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 do I make a reservation through Event Services?

There are four ways to make a reservation for space on the Allendale Campus; online, walk-in, call or email. Go to the How To Make A Reservation tab for further details.

What is EMS?

EMS is our reservation system that permits organizations and department to submit reservation requests online. Go to the EMS WebApp How To's on directions to create an account and submit a request.

How far in advance can I reserve space?

Departments and Off-Campus clients can make reservations up to one year in advance. Students and Student Organizations can make reservations on a semester basis.

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

Microphones (podium, hand-held, and lavaliere), laptops, data projectors, sound equipment, etc. Please call (616) 331-2350 if you need anything that you do not see listed. You must request audio/visual equipment prior to the date of your event. NOTE: There is an additional charge to add a dance floor to our space.

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. Contact Kellie Pnacek-Carter for further details.

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 and candles must be in a fire safe container. NOTE: The only adhesive that may be used is painters tape, to help prevent damage to our facilities.

Where is parking available for the Kirkhof Center?

Parking is available in Lot H. Handicap parking is located in front of the Kirkhof Center. Refer to the Allendale Campus Map for locations.

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 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Parking in the summer does not require a parking permit. If you require a parking option prior to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, please coordinate with Event Services by calling (616) 331-2350.


We are located within the Office of Student Life. Events Services is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.



Page last modified February 2, 2021