HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The newly renovated Holland Civic Center was opened to the public in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.
The building hosted its first event on Friday after the completion of the $16.5 million renovation.
Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, was present Saturday, and he said he was happy with the results of the project.
“I’m glad that they decided to reinvest and really return it to its place that it has been in the past,” Huizenga said.
Holland officials hope to use the Civic Center to host multiple events.
Even though the building underwent a large renovation, there are still several elements from the previous version present in the facility.
The original silver letters that welcomed visitors for decades are still seen upon entry. Old bleacher seats were repurposed and a “memory wall” was made as a tribute to the 60-plus-year history of sporting events, concerts and more.
“I am so impressed with what I see,” Holland resident Mary Kempker said. “They took some of the old and saved it and used it. They’re turned it into truly a multi-use facility, it’s just gorgeous.”
A moment of silence was held Saturday for Ruben Gomez-Vasques, a worker killed during the construction. There is also a space in the building dedicated to his memory.