Bridge Over NE 14th Completes Grand View University $60 Million Campaign

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Grandview President, Kent Henning on left leads the first group to cross Jensen Bridge at Grand View University. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Grandview President, Kent Henning on left, leads the first group to cross Jensen Bridge at Grand View University. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa- A ribbon cutting Thursday morning opened the longest sky walk in the State of Iowa.  The 156 foot long Jensen bridge was the final piece of 15 years of building at the school.  The bridge connects the Rasmussen Center on the west side of 14th Street, with the new Student Center on the east side.

The Student Center is the culmination of nearly 15 years of growth and marks the completion of Grand View’s Campus Master Plan, developed in 2004,” said Kent Henning, Grand View’s President. “During that time, the campus has seen nearly $60 million in capital expansion, thanks in part to many very generous contributions, including the lead donors to this effort.”

A ribbon cutting was held, and students, staff, and donors walked across the bridge for the first time.

The school held a brief outdoor ceremony.  Cheerleaders, and cheer squads were there to herald the opening of the new bridge.

“Without a doubt this is going to be a safer way for students to cross East 14th Street. I think like 21 thousand cars a day that go through campus,” said Henning. “It will also tie out two sides of campus together, these two buildings are now going to function as one.”