What began as an idea to build a residence hall on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College more than two years ago is about to become a reality.

The grand opening of the David H. and Patricia A. Devier Student Suites will be held on Friday, August 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a celebratory tent just outside the new facility. Invited are faculty, staff, students, alumni, dignitaries and the general public.

Planned are remarks from federal, state and local officials and Glen Oaks administrators prior to the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Glen Oaks will formally recognize the partner representatives in the project including the US Department of Agriculture, Frederick Construction Inc., Capstone On-Campus Management, Hollis and Miller Architects and Student Suites. Participants will be treated to appetizers, cupcakes, ice tea and lemonade.

The project is the first student housing project at the college, a $6.5 million investment in the college, students, St. Joseph County and the Southwest Michigan region.

The three-story facility has two- and four-bedroom suites (108 beds in all), and is the first such project in Michigan to be funded by a USDA Rural Development loan. Each suite has a full kitchen and fully furnished living space and three levels of security. Shared amenities include a lobby, fireplace, study and meeting spaces on all floors.

The suites are named for President and Mrs. Devier in recognition of the vision Dr. Devier provided in leading the College from concept to reality.

“With limited housing in the region, the residence hall provides our students an opportunity to experience campus life while pursuing their education at a much lower cost.” said David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “Residential housing is a significant asset that gives us the opportunity to develop and offer ‘niche’ programs to attract students from across Michigan, northern Indiana and beyond.”

Frederick Construction, Inc., headquartered in Vicksburg, Michigan, was the general contractor for the facility; Hollis/Miller Architects of Kansas City, Missouri, designed the project with input from a team of Glen Oaks administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Glen Oaks is the ninth Michigan Community College to add residence halls to its campus.