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Ferris State University - Center for Virtual Learning

A hub for University-wide online learning at the core of campus

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  • Big Rapids, Michigan

    Big Rapids, Michigan

Bridging the gap between a rural campus and urban technology

Located in the west Michigan town of Big Rapids, Michigan, Ferris State University recognized a need to redefine their campus to accommodate a new type of learning: virtual.

A State of Michigan Capital Outlay project, the Center for Virtual Learning (CVL) provides a new 62,000 square-foot home for university-wide online, digital content creation and instruction. The CVL provides unique facilities and adaptable learning environments to facilitate current and unforeseen advances in virtual learning approaches and content. This includes the emerging and growing programs in eSports training and coaching, cyber security, and electronic criminal justice applications.

In early 2019, the Stantec team was selected to design and engineer a space that reflects the future of FSU and the CVL programs. Beginning on the exterior of the building and transcending through the doors are common themes, including the use of a binary materials language creating a pixelated, digital look and feel harkening to the movement and manipulation of data. Primarily consisting of black and white fixtures, pops of color are artfully displayed through classroom carpet, signage and breakout spaces, representing moments of discovery that will be realized throughout the future of this new facility.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Travis Sage, Principal, Architect

I believe that social and environmental responsibility is created through inspired placemaking and the moments we share within.

Steve Jelinek, Senior Associate, Senior Designer

I believe in enhancing the human experience—I just happen to practice architecture.
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David Milligan, Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect

I approach each project as a logic problem and strive to create a design solution that is aesthetically pleasing, sustainable and resilient.
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Dan O’Connor , Electrical Team Leader

As electrical engineers, we design systems that illuminate buildings and structures and forge a path to a greener, more sustainable world.

Travis Sage

Principal, Architect

Steve Jelinek

Senior Associate, Senior Designer

David Milligan

Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect

Dan O’Connor

Electrical Team Leader

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