The East Grand Rapids Community Center project includes both renovation and expansion of the Library, City Hall, City Council Chambers, City Engineering, and Grounds Department. Two separate buildings were interconnected to expand the existing facilities.
The total project size is 52,000 square feet with a construction cost of $7.8 million. Portions of the facility remained in operation during the construction period.
This project received LEED Silver certification. Energy saving features include daylight harvesting to reduce lighting levels at the building perimeter and energy saving HVAC controls system featuring variable frequency drive fans. A new Building Automation System was provided to incorporate lighting, occupancy, and demand ventilation control for energy credits. The project required new electrical service and relocation of the existing emergency generator to accommodate the new addition. A snowmelt system was provided for the public sidewalks and entrances.
The existing buildings were supported on driven steel H-piles due to poor soil conditions. The new building additions were supported on 60 foot deep auger-cast-concrete piles with pile caps and grade beams.