Game-Changer - North Village Enhances Campus Life

President Keith Pretty speaks at the June 28 ceremony unveiling the completed North Village Apartments building.

President Keith Pretty speaks at the June 28 ceremony unveiling the completed North Village Apartments building.

Living on campus will have a whole new feel this fall with the completion of North Village Apartments.

Years of planning, fundraising, and construction resulted in a beautiful residential complex for students. Phase 2 was completed in time to host support personnel for the inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, an LPGA tournament that attracted some of the world’s best women golfers for a four-day competition at the Midland Country Club.

Combined with Phase 1, completed in 2017, North Village Apartments can now provide a cozy campus home for up to 326 students in 109 apartments, roughly half of them two-person suites and the other half designed for four. The $28 million facility includes a stylish bistro that will make the term “dorm food” a thing of the past.

“Picture a modern restaurant, right there in the main gathering area of the building, serving both lunch and dinner,” said Northwood dean of Student Affairs Andy Cripe. “The dinner menu will be a little more upscale, and offer seafood and steaks, along with traditional dinner offerings.”

In addition to being well fed, students will be well connected and comfortable, with cuttingedge information technology and climate control capabilities built into the facility from the ground up.

The North Village housing project was funded by three generous donors: the DeVos Family, in honor of Helen DeVos; Jim Koons, Northwood Class of 1973; and Mort Harris, Northwood Outstanding Business Leader Class of 2018.