An integral part of the Grand Rapids, Michigan community, in 2014 Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) celebrated its centennial anniversary and 100 years of serving the educational and workforce readiness of the community. Beginning with only one building a century ago, the college has spread throughout West Michigan and now serves over 32,000 students. Built in 1866, the GRCC Main Building has been at the center of the continuing education of Grand Rapids community for many years.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary, GRCC and their board of trustees decided to perform an extensive renovation of one of the college’s largest facilities. This renovation would incorporate interior reconstruction of classrooms and office space and a complete exterior restoration. RAM Construction Services performed an array of services on the masonry façade including over 24,000 lineal feet of tuckpointing, brick replacement, lintel restoration, concrete repair, elastomeric coating, joint sealant replacement, limestone coping replacement and façade cleaning. The unique building design required an intricate rigging process for our swing stage operation. To complete the scope of work within the approved schedule, our team had to operate and manage four swing stages simultaneously while maintaining constant collaboration with Pioneer Construction.