Two of the firms that were part of the team that built the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College have received 2016 Excellence in Construction Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter (ABC/WMC) for their work on the facility.

The construction manager for the project, G.O. Construction, a joint venture between Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. of Grand Rapids and GDK Construction of Holland, won in the category of General Contractor/Construction Manager for new construction of more than $26 million.  Parkway Electric and Communications LLC won in the Low Voltage category for the teledata and sound wiring.

The awards were presented in September during an event in Grand Rapids.

Most of the 64,000-square foot Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts opened for the start of the school year in August 2015, with the facility’s 800-seat Concert Hall opening in February 2016.  Home to the college’s Department of Music, in addition to the Concert Hall the center includes the 125-seat John and Dede Howard Recital Hall, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the department. The total project cost was $35 million, which includes construction and an endowment for maintenance.

The building is named in honor of Jack H. Miller for his lifetime of generosity to the college.  Miller, who resides in Grand Haven and Naples, Florida, and is a 1954 Hope graduate, led the Howard Miller Company for 48 years until retiring in 2002.  It was among the major initiatives of the college’s “A Greater Hope” comprehensive campaign, and was inspired by an initial lead gift to the campaign from Richard and Helen DeVos.

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.