Kent County 63rd District Courthouse | Grand Rapids, MI

New construction of this two-story, high-security facility houses six prisoner detention cells, with detention frames and glass as well as private meeting areas with detention glass for lawyers and prisoners. There is a Salleyport entrance for transferring prisoners. A prisoners-only elevator goes from the lower holding cells to the upper holding cells. The exterior is brick and block over a steel structure. Floor finishes consist of tile, exposed concrete and carpet. Wall finishes consist of exposed block with epoxy paint, painted drywall, and tile. Some areas of the building have in-floor heating. All the walls are soundproofed between courtrooms and conference rooms and public areas.  

Judges have the ability to lockdown the entire building from the bench. There is bulletproof drywall at the judge’s bench as well as private bulletproof safe rooms within each judge’s chambers.  

The building is designed and constructed so the public cannot access any area except public areas without employee escort. Dry system fireproofing is installed for records storage. Employees have private parking and a private entrance.  

Well lit with natural light, the 63rd District Courthouse incorporates many sustainable building features. It contains a Geothermal heating and cooling system from 45 wells that were drilled 300 feet into the ground.


40,000 SF

November 2009

Kent County


Extensive experience building government and municipal facilities


Pioneer Construction builds exceptional facilities that perform for our clients on time and within budget. We are headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and provide construction solutions throughout the continental United States. With diverse project experience, we can apply best practices from a broad range of construction types to benefit each assignment. And as a self-performing true builder, we employ a large, top-tier workforce of specialized craft and trade professionals to provide our clients with unsurpassed budget, schedule, and quality control.


We are a full-service construction company offering many services as well as self-performing many key trades. Pioneer's unique approach insures that our people can expertly control the schedule, quality, safety, and cost on every project.

  • Pre-Construction Planning
  • Construction Management
  • General Contracting
  • Design/Build
  • Sustainable & LEED Construction
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Steel Erection
  • Pre-cast/Pre-stressed Concrete Erection
  • BIM Coordination
  • Laser Scanning


Our highest priority is the complete satisfaction of our clients. That said, we feel honored when recognized by our peers for excellence in construction.

  • 2020 Excellence in Construction Award for GVSU Daniel and Pamella Devos Center for Interprofessional Health (ABC, West Michigan Chapter)
  • 2020 Excellence in Construction Award for Listening Room (ABC, West Michigan Chapter)
  • 2020 Excellence in Construction Award for Black River Barn (ABC, West Michigan Chapter)
  • 2020 Excellence in Construction Award for Embassy Suites (ABC, West Michigan Chapter)
  • 2020 Excellence in Construction Award for Amway Hotel Corporation IDC (ABC, West Michigan Chapter)
  • 2018 Michigan Contractor of the Year (American Subcontractors Association of Michigan)
  • 2018 Safety Award of Excellence (ABC, West Michigan Chapter)

Comprehensive Construction Services

As a true builder employing over two-hundred talented craft and trade professionals, we offer extensive self-performance abilities that enable us to provide unsurpassed budget, schedule, and quality control.

With expertise in a variety of delivery methods including General Contracting, Design/Build, and Construction Management, we customize our approach based on the specifics of each project and the goals of our clients.

Our commitment to sustainable design and construction, safety, inclusion, and community involvement set us apart in our industry.