Proj Overview


MSU GRIP represents the final phase of a sprawling healthcare campus, known as the “Medical Mile,” that includes schools, training facilities, hospitals, cancer centers, and research buildings.

Joining the existing Grand Rapids Research Center on the MSU GRIP site is the new Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building and a 596-car parking structure. Fabcon (formerly known as Kerkstra), based in Grandville, Mich., fabricated and erected the parking structure and a four-story office liner on top that designed to support a 10-story office tower.

Read more about this project in the Summer 2022 issue of Ascent.


The owner, Health Innovation Partners-MSU, wanted the structure completed as soon as possible. The idea was to get the parking structure operational while the [Doug Meijer] building was under construction.


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Project Team

Design Architect



Joint Venture of Rockford Construction and Walch Construction


Health Innovation Partners, Michigan State University

Architect of Record/Parking Consultant

Rich & Associates

Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer

CEG Illinois

Precast Concrete Producer

Fabcon, formerly known as Kerkstra

Key Project Attributes

  • The proximity of new and existing buildings created site constraints, which in turn impacted access for all types of vehicles including construction and passenger vehicles.
  • During construction of the steel-frame Meijer building, it was necessary to coordinate precast erection around the delivery and installation of structural steel, metal decking, and deck pours, as well as allow access to parking for tenants in the existing Grand Rapids Research Center.
  • Because construction activities could not disrupt deliveries of live tissue to the research center, Health Innovation Partners requested the use of a loop road that allowed for uninterrupted tissue deliveries while construction vehicles drove in and out of the site.

Project/Precast Scope

  • The total–precast concrete project comprises more than 590 components.
  • Precast concrete components totaled 594 total pieces
  • Installation of the precast concrete components started on June 22, 2020, and was completed on August 24, 2020. This eight-week schedule included July 4 and two rain days.