A State of the Art Home for Education at Ferris
Ferris State University will fully renovate and expand Vandercook Hall, a former residence hall which is centrally located near the library and in the core academic area of campus, to become the Center for Virtual Learning. This 64,000-square-foot facility will serve as one of the core academic buildings on the campus quad, promoting students’ access to Ferris facilities and services. Construction will begin in August 2021 and is slated to open for classes in Fall 2023.
The Center for Virtual Learning will bring together some of Ferris’ most acclaimed and cutting-edge academic programs, including the School of Digital Media, Information Security and Intelligence, School of Education, and Online Learning.
State-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories custom designed for each academic program with industry standards as well as cutting-edge technology. Faculty offices and administrative spaces, allowing ease of access for students to engage with professors, creating more cohesive academic programs. Cutting-edge research laboratories to facilitate faculty and student-led research projects.
What You Can Expect
- State-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories custom designed for each academic program with industry standards as well as cutting-edge technology.
- Faculty offices and administrative spaces, allowing ease of access for students to engage with professors, creating more cohesive academic programs.
- Cutting-edge research laboratories to facilitate faculty and student-led research projects.
- Facilities designed to deliver online courses to facilitate Ferris’ growing virtual learning academic programs and courses.
- Digital media and television production facilities providing a professional atmosphere for DM students, adding some functionality such as motion capture, virtual reality, and augmented reality.
- Five computer labs with high performance computers for student use and classroom instruction.
- Capacity for non-traditional students to access post-secondary education while juggling work, families, and emergent circumstances.
- Train current and future educators in the School of Education and in Career and Technical Education programs to deliver content remotely, making high quality education increasingly accessible.
- The first purpose-built esports arena in Michigan to support the fastest growing campus club sport, an outlet for students who may not feel they fit in elsewhere on campus.
The total construction budget for the Center for Virtual Learning is $32.5 million. The State of Michigan has approved a capital outlay equal to 75% of the budget ($22.125 million). Ferris is responsible for an additional $7.5 million and seek partners who recognize the needs addressed by the project and benefit from these distinctly impactful Ferris programs.
- Jul. 2021 - Out for Bid
- Aug. 2021 - Mobilization
- Sep. 2021 - Footings and Foundations
- Dec. 2021 - Core and Shell
- Jun. 2022 - Building Enclosure
- Jul. 2022 - Interior Build-Out
- Apr. 2023 - Move-In
TOTAL PROJECT COST
Stantec - Architect
Triangle Associates - Const. Mgmt.
Ready to Learn More?
To learn more about how you or your organization can participate in this signature building that will support our students and faculty engaged in high-demand career fields, contact The Ferris Foundation.