Feyen Zylstra, a knowledge-based electrical services firm, that specializes in complex industrial, commercial, and institutional electrical projects with unique electrical demands.
The DeVos Communication Center at Calvin College was built in 2002 to accomodate growing technological and space needs of the college. The facility consists of a 150-seat video theater, audio and video editing suites, speech therapy labs, and video conference room. The Prince Conference Center, built concurrently, provides a comfortable area for meetings and large conferences. The facility also has lodging accomodations available for use. Feyen Zylstra's construction and communications groups were hired for the project.
Ermanco trusted the quality and expertise of Feyen Zylstra to build eighteen (18) large control panels to UL Specification in an accelerated period of time. This required additional panel-build electricians, working extended hours to complete the project on time. As the panels were built, Feyen Zylstra worked with Ermanco on design modifications and enhancements. Once completed, Ermanco had the confidence in the quality and accuracy of Feyen Zylstra’s workmanship to have the panels sent directly to the end user with no additional panel testing required, which resulted in saving valuable delivery time.
WMU accepted Feyen Zylstra’s bid for a fire alarm replacement project that included three dormitory buildings, each with three floors and a basement level. The client expressed great satisfaction and stated, “Feyen Zylstra and Simplex pulled off what we thought was an impossible schedule.” All work was completed in four months time resulting in over 6,000 man hours and exceeding all of the clients’ expectations. In the words of the local Fire Marshall, “This is the best fire alarm installation that I have ever seen!”
An addition to network 180 was completed which was then followed by a renovation of the original building. Feyen Zylstra had two work groups, Electrical Construction and Low Voltage that worked together to keep communication open between the client and surrounding organizations that were affected by the renovations. Some challenges included a congested site, an owner who occupied the existing building and the location next to the mental health facilities, as well as the county jail and having to cooperate with their patients or work release inmates.
Kalkaska Memorial Hospital hired Feyen Zylstra to install the electrical system for a complete renovation of the facility’s outpatient Services Building. The renovation included a complete replacement of the existing emergency generator and transfer switches, normal power distribution system, and fire alarm system. Feyen Zylstra performed these functions without disrupting the facility tasks that needed to be accomplished on a day to day basis to serve their customers. All electrical activities were closely coordinated with the hospital to prevent power interruptions during the project.
In 2000, Universal Insurance relocated to a new office. Feyen Zylstra’s Communications group installed the communications infrastructure in the renovated warehouse. The design called for cable and a cable tray system in an exposed ceiling, so particularly neat and clean installation was required. The customer requested custom cable jacket colors to match the colors of favored college football teams.
Synergis Technologies Group is a manufacturer of small to very large dies, located in multiple Grand Rapids locations. Feyen Zylstra’s System Engineering group programmed a number of oscillating dies for the company. The Communications team provided communications infrastructure from the central office to the other Synergis facilities. The Service department has provided the company with a variety of maintenance and emergency service, including reparation of tripped breakers, retrofitting the presses to comply with updated safety standards, and move/add/change work. They continue to provide emergency and on-site support for the multiple divisions of Synergis.
Winner of the 2000 ABC Award of Excellence in Low Voltage CategoryFeyen Zylstra’s Communications group removed existing shielded cable at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Campus, and installed 289 miles of new Category 5 cable. The cable ran to over 7,000 locations with associated conduit pathways and extensive fire stopping. Work was done on all shifts to prevent service interruption of critical areas such as the emergency room, surgery area, and medical records room. The project team also replaced all of the fiber optic backbone and inter-building connections. Using Aperture Facility Management software, the project was documented for pre-planning and as-built purposes.
When SelectBank decided to restore an old bank building in downtown Grand Rapids, they hired Feyen Zylstra to design and install the electrical systems. Maintaining the architectural integrity of the building compelled the project team to install conduit above nearly inaccessible ceilings. This challenge led to a surprising number of unexpected changes, which were easily handled by the design/build team. In the lobby are four large light fixtures; Feyen Zylstra saved the owner nearly $80,000 by suggesting a different, but equally appropriate solution to the initial lighting choice. At completion of the project, SelectBank retained Feyen Zylstra’s service group for a maintenance contract.
Feyen Zylstra’s Electrical Construction group was involved with the total renovation of Rogers Plaza. The electrical systems throughout the building and exterior were updated. The team was able to completely renovate the structure without interfering with the individual tenants; much of the work was performed after store hours to minimize the impact on the customers. Open ceilings throughout the mall increased the aesthetic importance of the electrical installation. Underground receptacles were installed to accommodate kiosks.
This project involved new construction of a 68-unit condominium building and 34 individual condominium homes. Each unit was customized to meet its owner’s specific desires regarding power and lighting designs. Units also contained extensive cable television systems and wiring for satellite television.
Feyen Zylstra designed and installed the electrical system for Pella Windows. The Grand Rapids facility includes a two-story office area, a large warehouse and distribution area, and a small fabrication area for modification of custom windows. The project moved from design to completion in just six months. The design/build aspect of the project allowed the project team to respond quickly to the customer’s requests for changes in the electrical design.
Park East Professional Building houses a diverse group of private medical practices, including West Michigan Eye Care, Urology Surgeons, and Breast and Body Contouring. Tenant spaces were custom finished to meet the each client’s specific electrical needs. Feyen Zylstra Electrical Construction group worked with each tenant to tailor the design for his or her unique requirements, including special lighting and power for sophisticated medical systems.
Feyen Zylstra’s Communications group installed new Gigispeed data cabling and fiber optic backbone throughout this pharmaceutical facility. The nature of the project required that significant documentation be turned over to the Federal Drug Administration.
Feyen Zylstra’s system engineering group automated the controls for a final inspection machine of automotive mirror components. The machine’s optical system checks the mirrors for proper component assembly,color and power functions of the mirror. The system includes data trending of each test and archiving for future reference. Multiple mirror types are capable of being tested without extensive reprogramming.