KVCC Bronson Healthy Living CampusFood Innovation Center, Culinary/Allied Health Building, and the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Integrated Health Services Clinic
Client Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Location Kalamazoo, MI
Size (sq. ft) Multiple Sites on 13.3 Acres
Completion Date March 18, 2016
In cooperation with Bronson Healthcare Group and Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s vision for this project was to create a campus-focused on wellness and food sustainability. The new campus was developed on 13.3 acres of unused land donated by Bronson Healthcare Group, where KVCC expands its curriculum to include training in sustainable food production, distribution, and preparation.
In constructing the KVCC Culinary School, CSM had the responsibility of working in collaboration with the City of Kalamazoo, Bronson Healthcare Group, Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Environmental Equality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure construction impact to the surrounding environment was minimal. There were many aspects of the existing/natural environment to account for, including surrounding city parks, residential properties, public access/walkways, bus routes, Bronson Hospital (open 24/7), and a river/creek, all which need to have safe routes of access and the ability to remain fully functional.
CSM Group invested quality time and resources to ensure our impact to the environmental footprint surrounding our project site was safe and always monitored. We were able to do this with proper erosion control measures, separation barriers, tributary curtains, mulch blankets, air, soil, and water monitoring, and a third-party environmental consultation.