Hope College is adding two more townhouse-style apartments to its Cook Village student housing, with completion scheduled for the start of the fall 2017 semester.

The two buildings, which will each house eight students, are being built immediately east of the existing complex, which stands in a “U” along Lincoln Avenue and 11th and 12th streets.  Site preparation began at the end of October.  The total cost will be approximately $1.8 million.

The new structures will be smaller than the other units to provide both a different option for groups of students hoping to live together and a transition to the adjacent residential neighborhood.  Totaling about 3,800 square feet each, they will feature brick like the other buildings in the complex and a similar architectural style.

The village’s original four buildings opened in the fall of 2013 and house a total of 60 students.  Two are duplexes housing 10 students on each side, and two are single structures housing 10 students each.  Each of the six units totals about 5,000 square feet.

Architectural design for the new buildings was by AMDG Architects of Grand Rapids.  The construction manager is Lakewood Construction of Holland.

The village was named in honor of a major gift to the college from the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation.  Thomas M. Cook of Grand Rapids and Ryan T. Cook of Ada are a son and grandson respectively of the late Peter C. and Emajean Cook.  Father and son, Thomas and Ryan graduated from Hope in 1967 and 1996 respectively.  The college’s Cook residence hall on 10th Street, which was completed in 1997 and expanded in 2006, is named in honor of Peter C. and Emajean Cook.