CSM Group is a construction management company established in 1983 with locations in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan and Memphis, Tennessee. Our project management experts provide transparent, collaborative solutions and represent our clients’ best interests from project design to completion. Our portfolio of project management experience includes managing projects within the regulated and specialized environments of the healthcare, food and beverage, industrial manufacturing, advanced technologies, education, and commercial markets.

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Finished work for Life EMS

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Life EMS

Life EMS Ambulance personnel, local officials and CSM Group broke ground on a $2 million, LEED certified, central support facility in the heart of the city's north side at 517 E. North St. The construction will consist of a complete renovation of the existing ambulance dispatch facility offices and training center as well as a new 14,000 sf addition to the existing building for new office space, restrooms, training area, all new ambulance dispatch garage and maintenance area with new hydraulic service lifts with a 2nd story mechanical mezzanine. The addition is constructed from structural pre-cast concrete tilt-up panels. The project also includes all new MEP and fire suppression infrastructure systems throughout the building as well as a new roofing system. All new site work and site improvements will encompass the entire property footprint. This is a LEED project and all project aspects and components that are required for the desired credits are being tracked and documented for this certification.   All construction and renovation on the existing facility will be taking place around the "live" and in use T1 phone line and power system which is the key component to all of Life EMS incoming emergency calls to the call center and dispatch location. This line feeds the temporary relocated location at the old Rose Street fire station #4 which was renovated in anticipation of this relocation and construction project by CSM. Life EMS Ambulance, with over 29 years of service, was the first ambulance service in Western Michigan -- and among the first in the U.S. - to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, the gold standard in the EMS industry. "This new facility will help us better serve this area and will become a key hub of the many critical services we provide to Kalamazoo, Portage and other areas of southwest Michigan that most recently includes our operations in Allegan County." - Mark Meijer, Life EMS President

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The Upjohn Headquarters Building Completed

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: The Upjohn Headquarters Building

After serving people in the healthcare industry for over 70 years, the legendary Upjohn headquarters building on Henrietta Street in downtown Kalamazoo received a little TLC itself. Built in the mid-1930s, the building was the original home of the Upjohn Company; the name was a prominent one in Kalamazoo. The Upjohn family was a fixture in the community, and played a large role in its development. The building was designed by legendary architect Albert Kahn, a close personal friend of Henry Ford. Kahn's firm designed all of Ford's offices, and more than likely many of the company's factories, as well.  Over the years, business mergers and changes caused the building to be owned by Pharmacia, then Pfizer, who in 2005 donated it to Bronson. Dormant for several years, the building was sound structurally but had an infrastructure that was not in functional condition. All new systems had to be installed, including mechanical, electrical, sewer, gas, and more. And none of that work could begin until asbestos abatement effort was completed. To incorporate fiber optics and other elements of today's critical systems, behind-the-wall channels had to be enlarged. Floor-to ceiling notches had to be cut in some plaster walls in order to replace old utility service or to extend it to areas where it hadn't previously been. The building's elevator also needed replacement. The restored Upjohn headquarters building is a welcome sight to all in the Kalamazoo area. Its new usefulness and vitality will come in a warmly familiar package.    

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Battle Creek Health System Cancer Care Finished

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Battle Creek Health System Cancer Care

The Cancer Care addition was completed and opened for public use in November 2007. The innovative space gives new life to the Cancer Care staff and patients, after they spent five months in a temporary space.  As you walk into the entrance of the Cancer Care you are over taken by the open layout and the use of natural light in the space.  The water features, skylights and color combinations give off a healing and soothing environment.  The bed treatment area houses six beds which are located in private rooms. The chair treatment area has a total of fourteen patient chairs.  The new facility also houses an onsite pharmacy, staff lounge, nurses station and a reception area. Located within the lobby area is a beautiful water fountain and a large planter.  These combined with the unique ceiling make this area very relaxing for the patients.  On the west side of the building are the cam rooms, radiation oncology storage, lab draw area, resource library and multi purpose conference room. The existing Cancer Care Unit also recieved a make-over with new flooring, paint, and handrails.  This space is truly a magnificent addition to Battle Creek Health System and the community.

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Battle Creek Health System Surgery Lobby/ED Expansion Completed

This included creating a new entry to the facility, along with expanding the existing ED waiting/registration area

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Greenleaf Trust Building Completed

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Greenleaf Trust Building

CSM Group is currently providing construction management services for the new Greenleaf Trust office building and Zazios restaurant space. The planning began in 2006 and construction for this building began in November 2008.   The scope consists of below grade parking for residential use, a ground level restaurant, offices on levels two and three and residential condominiums on levels four and five.  There are five residential units expected to be leased out of this building and the parking level will accommodate ten vehicles.  The building design has incorporated various balconies which includes a green roof on one balcony. The overall footprints for each level includes:  Lower level           12,910 sf Grade level           9,690 sf Level two               11,219 sf Level three           9,970 sf Level four              11,685 sf Level five               6,835 sf CSM Group has encountered unique challenges in regards to this project due to an extremely tight site and its downtown nature. The building site was previously a gas station and auto repair shop in downtown Birmingham making this site very close to nieghboring buildings. The project has required construction agreements with owners of the adjacent properties, approvals from FAA, MDOT, Oakland County and the City of Birmingham. The project has also required underpinning of neighboring buildings and realigning roadways and related traffic signals.

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Maggie's Catering Finished

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Maggie's Catering

CSM Group and Byce & Associates, Inc. worked together on a new free-standing building for an established and expanding catering business. The current operation of the catering business housed a restaurant business under the same name that shared the kitchen facilities. The owner wished to separate himself from the restaurant business and focus on the catering operation. The new facility offers a larger kitchen, all new kitchen equipment, a showroom, office and a garage for dry storage that is capable of housing three vehicles for loading and unloading of catered meals.

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Kalamazoo Multi Use Station Finished

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Kalamazoo Multi Use Station

  The Kalamazoo County Multi – Use Station houses the fire and police personnel of Kalamazoo. The construction of the KMUS began in July 2007 and continued into the first part of 2008. This new building has one floor and two wings, which consists of multiple bunks, a kitchen, a lounge, a meeting area, a clerical area, and an IT area. This multi – use building also consists of three main truck bays with specialized exhaust systems, zoned bedding areas, turnout and locker rooms and office and training spaces. High comfortable finishes in the living areas are complemented with heavy duty kitchen gear.  The entire building was constructed with the idea of long – lasting design. The Fire/Rescue/Police areas have high strength, long lasting, durable finishes consisting of epoxy floors and paints. The elevation is a classy, split face brick masonry unit with stone banding. An EIFS gable entrance holds the city crest above the truck bays. During the construction on the KMUS, CSM encountered an unknown problem, contaminated soil. This soil was found under a previously residentially developed area and removed in a timely manner.  

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Otsego Public Library Completed

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Otsego Public Library

CSM Group is currently providing construction management services to this new, single story 18,000 s.f. public facility. The library will provide capacity three times that of the existing library on a new site with modern facility controls, state of the art audio visual display and electronic ready book receipt and check-out. A local bond was passed in August 2007 and design was completed in April 2008. The library features Victorian era architecture at the building’s entrance, in a turret to the left of the entrance, in the windows and the portico covering the drive-thru book drop. The interior’s historic reading room is architecturally reminiscent of the City’s Bardeen Mansion, the former home of paper baron George Bardeen.  A similar feature will be constructed for the children’s reading room, with a façade resembling the Thompson House, another local period home. The facility will be LEED certified, reducing impact on the environment and saving money for taxpayers for its operation.  The project schedule was carefully constructed to incorporate LEED requirements yet maintain the scheduled move in date. One major problem involving this project was the unexpected bankruptcy of a key contracting company. We continued ahead with project and hired another company, in a very short time span, to carry out and complete the mechanical scope of work within the project schedule.

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Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home Completed

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home

The new Juvenile Home Facility for Kalamazoo County will be a secure, residential detention housing facility. The facility has 64 beds and has the capability of expanding to 80 beds in the future. It also has education and treatment services for youth.  i.e. Day treatment for adjudicated youth living at home, alternative education services for non-residents, recreation for residents, and assembly space accessible to both detained youth and the invited public.   Project Objectives:   The Mission of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home is to protect the community from youthful offenders by providing detention, day treatment and educational programming to help them become productive citizens.    The Vision of the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home is to be a leader in residential and community-based treatment by providing community safety, innovative programming, services to families, and financial efficiency in a state-of-the-art facility.    KCJH is providing a continuum of programming for youth involved with the 9th Judicial Circuit Court from secure long term residential programming to community based services incorporating the families and community in the treatment of our youth.  An emphasis on the use of sustainable products as well as the use of a recycling program for construction materials in an effort to minimize the current and future impact on the environment is being utilized

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Lakeland Health Medical Destinations Finished

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Lakeland Health Medical Destinations

CSM Group is currently proving construction management services to construct a 2-story medical office building (MOB). The new 57,000 s.f. two story is an addition to the existing MOB located on Lakeland Health System state-of-the-art center for outpatient campus. The expansion allows for easy access to other medical environments and enhances operational efficiency and productivity. CSM Group proposed an aggressive construction phasing plan with occupancy scheduled for November 2008. Anticipating building features yet to be detailed, our Pre-Construction and Estimating services immediately enforced budget control. Value Management “workshops” were conducted at strategic phases focused on optimizing quality and cost. Through our Value Management process; we delivered the project eighteen percent (18%) under budget. To accomplish this, we use a proactive, integrated management tools that provide the Owner with information and reports needed to make decisions and stay informed. One of the project’s challenges was to design a new building to fit with the existing architecture of the Center for Outpatient Services while providing a distinctive image for the cardiology practices. Additionally, as the new building adds a third entry point to the Center, a succession of entry views was studied via 3- D modeling to confirm that visitors to the site will easily find their way

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Kalamazoo Endoscopy Center Finished

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Kalamazoo Endoscopy Center

CSM Group was hired to manage the design and construction of this new medical office building with procedure center. The 17,000 square foot facility houses an approximately 5,400 sf Gastroenterology office suite, 6,900 sf Endoscopy procedure suite, 2,000 sf shared common space and a 3,000 sf basement mechanical / storage area.

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Bronson Methodist Hospital-Oshtemo Medical Office Building Completed

In the summer of 1999 Bronson Methodist Hospital approached CSM Group with a minor dilemma.  An existing physician group located on Kalamazoo’s west side would have to be relocated from their existing office space within the next eight months. The hospital had property available but no programming had been done and no plans were yet developed. CSM immediately embarked on a fast track process to design and build this 16,500 sf facility in time for the critical spring of busy formulating strategies to fast track construct the building throughout the 1999-2000 winter. Our team came up with many solutions including numerous concurrent activity coordination efforts, panelized wall sections, phased bid packages, and long lead purchases to successfully complete this project on time and under budget.

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TAC Manufacturing Finished

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: TAC Manufacturing

A highly technical automotive component manufacturer, TAC Manufacturing has experienced considerable growth over the past several years and utilized CSM Group’s expertise in the construction and renovation of their state of the art facility on three separate projects. The first project included an 80,000 sf manufacturing addition; the second, a zinc and magnesium die casting facility; and the third an 80,000 sf wood steering wheel component manufacturing facility and 3,200 sf office expansion.     

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Western Michigan University Kohrman Hall Completed

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Western Michigan University Kohrman Hall

The idea for the Kohrman Hall Renovation began when the University recognized the need to expand its art department and curriculum. The location was ideal as Kohrman Hall is adjacent to the newly constructed Richmond Center for the Visual Arts which serves as an exhibit showcase for featured artists around the world as wall as student artists work.  The building originally served and accommodated curriculum from the school of engineering.    The Kohrman Hall Renovation began in the summer of 2006 and completed December of 2008.  The project consisted of removal and demolition of all internal components including all mechanical and electrical systems, infrastructure and walls.  All that was left was the supporting concrete and masonry shell.  A membrane roof was installed over the existing roof and an extensive mechanical system was installed along with new electrical, security, and fire alarm systems.  The construction design by SmithGroup incorporated many geometrical designs and the rooms were configured in the art and industrial motif.    The challenges of this project included working around many occupied buildings and promoting continuous efforts to avoid disruptions to the University setting and the students and faculty learning and teaching environment.  The project required a complete replacement of the existing buildings electrical substation which also fed four adjacent buildings.  The phasing of this replacement and coordination involved was done in such a manner as to avoid disruption of learning activities and social events as scheduled in the surrounding buildings.    While working with selected contractors and bid packages, the projects lighting system was value engineered as well as some components of the mechanical systems.  This in turn helped to keep the project in budget while enhancing the function of the building for its intended use. 

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Finished work for Jackson Hospice

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Jackson Hospice

CSM Group began our relationship with Ganton Retirement Centers in 2006 when Ganton came to CSM looking for a reliable firm to manage the construction of their new, 19,000 sf. facility from start to finish. Mr. Ganton typically bids out and manages many of his own projects however, when reviewing the details of the hospice project, he decided it would be in his best interest to seek an outside firm’s expertise. CSM did not hestitate and immediately gathered our resources and took on the project.   The new facility was efficiently designed and sited with the patient and the patient’s family in mind. The facility is broken up into four wings, two of which house the 20 patient rooms. Family rooms are also located in the two wings. The family rooms and resident rooms have been designed to maximize the views of the outdoors. The other two wings house staff offices as well as a lounging area for residents to enjoy each others company.  The facility has been positioned on the site to take advantage of the existing contours and the wooded surroundings.  A spa-like tub room has also been incorporated to allow a time for relaxation.

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Kellogg Company WKKI Expansion Completed

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Posted by: CSM Group | Jul, 24th

Project: Kellogg Company WKKI Expansion

The WKKI project began in May 2008. This project includes a precast plant, a steel office building and an interior remodel. The project had a very large site work package that included demolition of the existing buildings and the moving of the existing parking lots.   With regards to LEED features, Bio-swales were installed to harness storm water run-off and the building will have a highly reflective, white roof.   CSM installed over 400 auger-cast piles due to the contaminated water into the Brownfield Site. CSM also installed monitoring wells within the new, pilot plant. In order to keep the project on schedule, CSM will work closely with the building occupants to move the existing equipment into the new, pilot plant in a timely manner to avoid any down time in Kellogg productivity. CSM Group continually works hard to ensure spending is minimal. Within the WKKI project, our CSM project team reduced the snowmelt package by $205,000. The team also decided to use Ceramic tile in lieu of Porcelain which saved $10,790. Furthermore, the team deleted the hydraulic scaffold system, which was in the base bid, and use supplied scaffolding and enclosure instead, which saved $35,432.  In addition to these, other various value engineering items have saved Kellogg’s an additional $30,208 to date.

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