History and Facility
The Bunker Interpretive Center, at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, provides approximately 5,000 square feet of space which serves as a home base for programs, a study center for the college community, and an educational resource for the general public. Included in that space are a laboratory classroom, a multi-purpose room, and a display hall. The multi-purpose room, depending on its configuration, serves as a lecture hall or as an exploratory space for elementary classes. The display hallway houses permanent and temporary displays to help visitors better understand the flora and fauna of the Great Lakes region.
One purpose of the facility is to help visitors understand their role in the world as stewards of creation. Toward that end, it was decided early in the design of the new building that it should express responsible stewardship in both its construction and its operation. Says preserve director Randall Van Dragt: "When I first wrote criteria for the building, it included making it as environmentally sound as possible." As a target for environmentally sustainable design, the designers adopted the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards of the US Green Building Council, and created a building that received gold certification from the USGBC.
The Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) is available for rental to organizations whose events are consistent with our mission of educating for creation care, restoring the land, and renewing spirits. If the event you desire to hold at the BIC is related to/inspired by the natural environment, environmental education, creation care, and/or green building construction/technology, please contact Jeanette Henderson to discuss reserving a space.
Calvin faculty and staff interested in using the preserve or BIC for a mission-related class, lab, meeting, or event, must first submit a request.
NOTE: The BIC is not available for rental for private events such as retreats, weddings, parties, etc.