Health Focused Campus strengthens downtown Kalamazoo
July 31, 2015
Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s (KVCC) need for expanded course offerings has transformed into a plan to help make Kalamazoo more connected, well–rounded, and healthy. KVCC’s vision creates a new campus focused on food sustainability and wellness along with an innovative educational mix of health care and culinary programs.
KVCC has partnered with Bronson Healthcare and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) to plan its campus in Downtown Kalamazoo. Bronson Healthcare donated 13.3 acres of land east of its hospital as part of the project. Some of the property tested positive for environmental contamination, which can be a major roadblock in redeveloping urban areas. However, through a partnership with the City of Kalamazoo and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, KVCC was awarded $945,000 in Brownfield money to help redevelop the site and revitalize contaminated and blighted areas of the property.
P&N is providing surveying, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering for this project. P&N also tackled some floodplain challenges due the sites proximity to Portage Creek (including relocating the creek in one block). The project includes improvements to the Portage Creek ecosystem, a new riverwalk trail to allow people to experience nature, and it will create approximately 100 new jobs.
The three planned facilities on the new campus include a food distributions building, a Culinary Institute and Allied Health building, and a KCMHSAS building. These buildings will be connected to each other by boardwalks and trails.
P&N has worked with Bronson on many projects and is excited to work with all the partners assembled for this redevelopment project in downtown Kalamazoo.
The site before construction