Raleigh J. Finkelstein was born and raised on Grand Rapids’ east side. His financial and business acumen helped him and his brothers grow the family business, Michigan Clothiers, which was started by their parents. The business evolved into a surplus store and ultimately became MC Sporting Goods. It became the largest retail operation of its kind in the Midwest with more than 2,000 employees at its peak. Raleigh wanted to share his success with Grand Valley State University students and became the first and lead donor for the initial building in the university’s expanded health campus. The building was named, Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall in his honor. The five-story, 84,000 square-foot building is the first to occupy the expanded health campus. The building extends the medical mile north of I-196 highway. With an original budget of $37.5 million it provides space to meet the growing demand of students seeking careers in health professions.
RAM Construction Services installed over 40,000 square feet of self-adhered air/vapor barrier and sprayed polyurethane foam insulation on the exterior building envelope. This project required a third party quality assurance program, daily reporting and scheduled audits through Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). In addition to the working with ABAA, our work was contracted through JK Masonry and Titan Interiors. Due to the many parties involved, scheduling became crucial as we did not want to disrupt the flow of the project.