Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Bronson Healthy Living Campus

Kalamazoo, MI // 75,000 sq. ft.

Client Challenge and TowerPinkster Solution

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) had a vision to create a new campus for its Culinary Arts and Allied Health Programs in order to respond to the rising trend of simulation in academics. This effort marks the college’s fourth campus in the area and is in cooperation with Bronson Healthcare and the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to promote wellness and increase community understanding of access to healthy food and nutrition.

In phase one of a two-phase effort, TowerPinkster worked with project stakeholders to program, plan and design the 13.3-acre campus and its related buildings. KVCC’s Culinary and Allied Health Building includes spaces for culinary arts training with a focus on the impact healthy food can have on a community. The Food Innovation Building contains four major program elements: food education areas, flexible indoor growing space, food safety, and processing areas, and outdoor growing areas. A third building houses a new psychiatric clinic for Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Phase two of the master planning effort encompasses a much broader vicinity. The entire greater downtown Kalamazoo area was analyzed to identify potential improvement and redevelopment zones while considering pedestrian and vehicular connectivity. With stakeholder input from KVCC, Bronson Healthcare and the City of Kalamazoo, priorities were established to guide decision-making as the central city continues to evolve as more connected, vibrant community.