Here is an excerpt from the Grand Rapids Press article:
Downtown's 99-year-old Federal Building formally began its third life as a classroom building for Kendall College of Art and Design.
In special sessions, Ferris State University's board and Grand Rapids city commissioners approved leases that eventually will turn the former Grand Rapids Art Museum, post office, federal courthouse over to Kendall, which has been part of Ferris since 2000.
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"I've built a lot of buildings, but I've never seen a project of this complexity," said Ferris President David Eisler.
The renovations, which will begin after the building serves as a venue for the ArtPrize competition, will be completed by March 2012, Eisler said.
The building will include a new "Center for Sustainable Design" on the fourth floor, Eisler said. The building also will house additional space for galleries, sculpture and other three-dimensional media.
By adding the Beaux Arts structure to its holdings, Kendall students will occupy three blocks of downtown space, Eisler said. The college currently owns an office building to the south while another former office building to the north has been redeveloped for student housing.
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