Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Healthy Living Campus

Project Description

Downtown Kalamazoo sees health benefits from a KVCC, Bronson Healthcare, and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services partnership.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) was expanding its course offerings and wanted to grow its campus to facilitate improvements to the health, mental health, and culinary programs. KVCC’s vision resulted in a new campus in downtown Kalamazoo focused on food sustainability and wellness, with an innovative educational mix of health care and culinary programs. The project has propelled downtown Kalamazoo to be more connected, well–rounded, and healthy overall.

KVCC partnered with Bronson Healthcare and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) to plan its campus in Downtown Kalamazoo. The three new facilities include a food distributions building, a Culinary Institute and Allied Health building, and a KCMHSAS building. These buildings are now connected to each other by boardwalks and trails.

P&N provided surveying, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering for this project. P&N also tackled some floodplain challenges due to the site’s proximity to Portage Creek. 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.


Tom Wheat, PE
Project Manager


Bronson Healthcare donated 13.3 acres of land east of its hospital for 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 grant money to help redevelop the site and revitalize contaminated and blighted areas of the property.