The Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously at the April board meeting to name its new student housing residence: David H. and Patricia A. Devier Student Suites, in honor of President David Devier.

“This project is one that Dr. Devier conceived from the start in suggesting that we do the feasibility study, and to keeping us going down that route, including visiting other community college residence halls,” said Joni Smith, trustee. “I strongly feel that this building should be named after the Deviers, because without his vision, this facility would not be here today.”

Devier has been instrumental in the decision to construct student housing and has provided a generous gift of $16,000 for the design, construction and installation of the signage on the exterior/interior of the building.

The $6.5 million residence hall is scheduled for completion in August of this year in time for the start of the Fall 2017 semester and is being funded through a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Frederick Construction, Inc., of Vicksburg, Mi., is the general contractor for the project. Glen Oaks is the first Michigan community college to utilize a USDA loan.

The three-story, 108-bed, student housing project plans include two- and four-suite units that share kitchen and living areas and two bathrooms. The facility is being constructed on the north side of the main parking lot, just west of the main building.