Lake Huron Hall, one of the original buildings on the Allendale
Campus, has reopened after a major renovation with new offices and
classrooms and redesigned study spaces.
Built in 1963, Lake Huron Hall (LHH) is one of the three “lake”
buildings original to the campus. The other two are Lake Michigan Hall
and Lake Superior Hall.
Karen Ingle, associate vice president for Facilities Planning, said
the preservation of the building was essential to maintain historical
value and continued use of the building.
“Lake Huron Hall is the only lake building that hasn’t seen a major
renovation since it was built,” said Ingle. “The building
infrastructure and systems were in need of replacement.”
LLH is home to the English and Classics departments. Kathryn
Remlinger, professor of English, has had an office in LHH for most of
her 25 years at GVSU.
“The remodel is beautiful — full of light and color, which energizes
and motivates, and with spaces for quiet reflection as well as active
collaboration,” she said. “The design mirrors our student-centered
approach to teaching and learning and the quality work that faculty do
in and beyond the classroom.”
Melissa Morison, associate professor and chair of the Classics
Department, said Lake Huron Hall encapsulates the history of Grand
Valley as a place of innovation, teamwork and proactive adaptation to
“The current remodel preserves the historic exterior of the building
but has completely reconfigured the interior, creating new spaces that
support creative approaches to learning,” said Morison. “Flexible
collaboration and study areas, in multiple configurations, encourage
faculty-student interaction beyond the classroom.”
Morison said the building includes an “amazing array of art” from
University Collections. GVSU Art Gallery staff members collaborated
with English and classics faculty members to select works that support
learning outcomes and promote critical thinking.
Ingle said the $9.1 million renovation project included several major
- Building revisions to make ADA compliant
- New fire protection system
- New HVAC system, ductwork and piping, and building controls
- New membrane roof
- Conversion of exterior balconies to interior study spaces
- LEED Certification