ELEVATING ITS PURPOSE
With the growing enrollment of its elementary school, Grand Rapids Christian Schools needed to find a new home for its administrative offices. For those involved, it was an opportunity not simply to relocate, but also re-imagine how the space could function.
After a formal vetting process, the school system came up with a novel idea: build a space overlooking the high school athletic stadium. The plan was to add a second floor to the existing concession and locker room facility. To see if this was even possible, the schools engaged its design partner of more than a decade—AMDG.
SURVEYING THE POSSIBILITES
AMDG utilized 3D survey technology to confirm the existing structure could carry the weight of a second story. The design team also found ways to create open plan offices within the confines of the building’s existing exterior walls. For those who use the space, the open, airy offices are a welcome change of pace.
Being more visible was a key consideration for school administrators. Today, the facility is a focal point for everything from professional development to faculty dinners.
The added 15 feet of structure gives visitors views of the stadium, while also serving to define the courtyard below.
ON TIME, ON BUDGET
AMDG collaborated closely with Rockford Construction to ensure the project remained on track. The careful planning paid off with the new space coming in on budget and within the desired timeframe.
WARM AND WELCOMING
Featured prominently at the entrance, Kayu wood siding brings warmth to the exterior. Inspiration for the material came from a member of the GRCS community who wanted the building to have a welcoming spirit.
When a trusted member of the GRCS community suggested expanding the vision of the facility beyond its administrative function, AMDG pivoted quickly, expanding upon the design plan. The added 1,200 square foot multipurpose space is ideal for meetings, training, and fundraising events overlooking a packed stadium on game nights.
“AMDG was an easy choice for us. They take the time to get to know us and understand who we are as an institution. They support our knowledge, opening our eyes to what’s possible. And they relate incredibly well with our staff.”