GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Valley State University is celebrating the ceremonial start to its expanded health campus on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile.

GVSU and community leaders Tuesday broke ground on the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health. The facility in the 300 block of Michigan Street NE will be the third on GVSU’s health campus in Grand Rapids.

The five-story, 160,000 square-foot facility will house the Kirkhof College of Nursing and double GVSU’s simulation learning space. It will feature 15 classrooms and 14 laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students.

GVSU says the expansion will allow it to add programs and accommodate more students to meet increasing demand for health science graduates.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss were on hand for Tuesday’s groundbreaking event.

The state is covering $29 million of the project’s $70 million price tag. GVSU says the rest of the funding will come from private donors and university bonds. 

The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health is expected to be complete in May 2021.