Ferris Board Moves to Honor University Founder
The renovated historic Federal Building in downtown Grand Rapids, which expanded Kendall's campus, will be named the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building in honor of Ferris State University founder Woodbridge N. Ferris. The university’s Board of Trustees approved the new name at its meeting on Friday, May 10, in Big Rapids.
The building recently received LEED Gold certification and won a Governor’s Award, from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, for the preservation and renovation of the historic facility that was originally dedicated in 1911. Through public-private partnership, the university invested about $28 million into the renovation project to expand the Kendall campus into 91,000 square feet of additional classroom, office and studio space.
Ferris President David Eisler said naming the building in honor of the university’s founder deepens the institution’s already strong commitment to working together with the city of Grand Rapids and the region.
“Given the success of this marvelous partnership and understanding the importance of the history and tradition of our institutions, naming the historic Federal Building for the founder of our university is a great symbol of our commitment to the City of Grand Rapids and West Michigan generally,”Eisler said.