Facilities

Our Facilities

Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Andel Institute’s building was designed by famed architect Rafael Viñoly to be constructed in two phases; phase I was completed in 2000 and phase II in December 2009. The building is set into a steep hill at the beginning of Grand Rapids’ “Medical Mile” and is home to scientists, students and administrative employees.

The facility has many unique design elements and benefits, including:
  • Windows and glass roof structures that cascade down both sides of the building provide abundant natural light, even to several laboratories
  • On-site cafeteria
  • Demonstration lab for visitors to view research in progress
  • Interactive discovery wall for visitors to learn about the Institute’s history, milestones, and impact
  • Library with research journals, computer access, a fireplace and comfortable seating
  • Next door to Crescent Park
  • Innovative system of climate control based on integrated design of walls, roofs and lab fixtures
  • “Life,” by world-famous artist Dale Chihuly, is a 14-foot glass sculpture reminiscent of the DNA double-helix that spirals from the ceiling in the lobby
  • Phase II was awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status by the United States Green Building Council