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Finished work for Menna's Joint

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Menna's Joint

Menna’s Joint, the “Home of the Dub” opened its doors for business at 44 Ionia Ave, bringing yet another unique culinary option to the growing Arena District. Conveniently located between The Hopcat and McFadden’s, Menna’s Joint is a popular food option that embodies a culture consistent with a late-night crowd. Orion Construction renovated this space in just over four months.

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Subway Restaurant - Gaines Twp. Finished

Construction was completed ahead of schedule on this quick service restaurant in Gaines Township, Michigan. Originally slated for an early December 2013 completion, the project was finished and opened prior to Thanksgiving, providing additional revenue stream the owner had not expected but appreciated. The new Subway restaurant features traditional cafeteria-style service with 1200 sf of sitdown/eat-in space. A drive-thru window provides customers added convenience. The exterior finishes include two styles of brick masonry and a fenced-in patio. An outdoor gas fireplace provides ambiance and heat, while functionally extending the outdoor dining season into the autumn months. The masonry treatment is repeated inside and compliments the wood and tile finishes.

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Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan Finished

Orion completed the construction of a new Occupational Health Clinic for Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan. The project involved a complete interior demolition and rebuild of an existing building. Included was: new interior metal stud walls, suspended acoustical ceilings, floor coverings, new doors and a new HVAC system. A complete new electrical service & lighting system was installed which included an emergency back-up generator system able to power the entire facility, a climate controlled combination IT/electrical room and a security and access control system. The space includes a check-in/check-out and patient waiting area, exam/treatment rooms, drug test room, x-ray room, conference room, pharmacy room, large storage area, employee breakroom and staff offices. The project also features a shared gym area, restrooms and a large barrier-free shower room.

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Yoblendz / Juiceblendz Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Yoblendz / Juiceblendz

On November 21, 2013, business owners Dana and Teri Jo Mettler welcomed patrons to the Grand Opening of YoBlendz on 15 Ionia Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.  They were joined by representatives from Yoblendz corporate, as well as project team members, city officials, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce representatives, and the Orion Construction project team. YoBlendz, a 1,500 sq. ft. premium retail space, is located in Grand Rapids’ “Arena District” within the city’s most active restaurant/bar corridor. Orion renovated a former salon into a quick service food destination.

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Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Finished

Orion Construction contracted with the State of Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs to complete a renovation of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The project involved the modification of the main entrance to the facility with the addition of a new exterior vestibule and a steel-framed, canvas-covered canopy. The 7,000 sq. ft. canopy now provides a protected area for visitors and residents. Included was 15,000 sq. ft. of additional sidewalk with built-in “snow-melt” technology and enhanced landscaping.  

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Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Completed

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Orion Construction completed the renovation and tenant build-out for the Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. (DGRI) corporate offices in the summer of 2013. The unique workplace features perimeter offices facing common space and group-work space conducive to the creative work environment at DGRI. The project team carefully coordinated the floor plan and minor build-outs to encourage open communication as well as providing meeting rooms offering privacy and “break-out” group sessions. The challenge of the project was to bring functionality, creativity and the vision of DGRI together. The intention was to create a versatile, floor space that represents the “ground floor” nature of DGRI. DGRI offers the space to local non-profits and other community organizations for board meetings. With sliding partitions, free wi-fi internet service and a modern appearance, DGRI’s office has become a symbol of the eclectic nature of the organization. 

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Bagley Townhomes Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Bagley Townhomes

The Bagley Development features two brick brownstone buildings with eight town homes each. Each unit is complete with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The upper level units have 1,600 square feet, while the lower units have 1,350 square feet and include 1,350 square foot basements that can be finished, adding another bedroom and bathroom. These townhouses, located in the Gaslight Village of East Grand Rapids near Reeds Lake, feature granite and marble counters, terraces, generous cabinets, hardwood floors, 10-12 foot ceilings, and private garages.

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St. Clair County Convention Center Completed

  St. Clair County is currently constructing a conference and convention facility located along one of the most breathtaking points of the St. Clair River. The convention facility will offer unprecedented views of Lake Huron, the Blue Water Bridges and the St. Clair River. This facility and its location will offer visitors an experience that will draw them back to the community again and again.  The entire project was investigated by both the City of Port Huron and St. Clair County starting in early 2010. The feasibility study concluded that the area was in need of approximately 40,000 square feet of mixed-use areas to handle a vast array of functions. It was also mandated that it be connected to a major hotel. The new St. Clair County Convention Center will provide ballroom and meeting space, a new home for the Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, approximately 20,000 square feet of high bay area to accommodate concerts, shows and exhibits and two major breakout areas for weddings, riverfront dining and events. This project will be completed as a Public/Private collaboration between St. Clair County, the City of Port Huron and JB Real Estate Development Company, LLC.  

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Baker College Culinary Institute Completed

Baker College partnered with Orion Construction to build the 23,000 sf, two-story Culinary Institute of Michigan adjacent to the future St. Clair County Convention Center. The facility includes seven kitchens, instructional classrooms, a multi-purpose room, staff offices and a student lounge. In addition,  it is home to a 50-seat educational restaurant that will function for three quarters of the year, allowing students to practice their craft in a real-world restaurant. The property was designed to accommodate space for expansion. Future plans include student housing for Baker College students enrolled in the culinary arts program.  

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DoubleTree by Hilton Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: DoubleTree by Hilton

Established 24 years ago as a 149-key hotel and currently dominating the view from the Blue Water Bridge, the former Thomas Edison Inn has undergone a total interior and exterior renovation and upgrade to become a DoubleTree by Hilton. The branding includes incorporation of Hilton standards. Typical of the DoubleTree format, complimentary breakfast is offered to hotel guests in a gathering space near the hotel lobby, along with the convenience of a porte cochere entry and dedicated hotel parking.  The existing community center workout facility, previously enjoyed by both private members and hotel guests was renovated to function as an asset to the hotel, but will retain its unique membership availability for members in the Port Huron community. The hotel remained accessible and available for bookings throughout the course of renovation. The New DoubleTree by Hilton is owned by JB Real Estate Development and managed by Hospitality Specialists Inc., a nationally known owner and operator of hotels under the Hilton and Marriott franchises.

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McMaster Building Completed

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: McMaster Building

This project involved the renovation of an existing building into a mixed-use facility that includes commercial office space on the lower level and multiple apartments on the upper level. The renovation includes a fully restored exterior with new windows and storefront glass systems. The lower level offices features all new HVAC systems and communication wiring. The upper level apartments feature 3-bedroom/2-bath air-conditioned units with full appliance packages.

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Baker Book House Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Baker Book House

Baker Book House celebrated the completion of the renovation and expansion of their facility located at 2768 East Paris SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The new design positioned the retail floor space more visibly toward the street and moved warehouse operations to the rear of the building.  “The challenge of re-configuring the entire facility while the business stayed open and operational was accomplished through the cooperation of the committed staff at Baker Book and Integrated. Everyone maintained a ‘can do’ attitude throughout the project,” said John Boonstra, Orion Construction partner. Filled with natural light with open views to passersby, Baker Book House is more than a bookstore—it’s a destination. A café, fireside reading area, community room, children’s play area and author presentation space combine to offer a multidimensional home for bibliophiles. Fresh and contemporary, the bookstore’s neutral color palette provides a backdrop to the books and merchandise while spots of red/orange and green create interior landmarks for the information desk and café.  

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Maru Sushi & Grill Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Maru Sushi & Grill

Maru Sushi & Grill is located in Grand Rapids, along Cherry Street, in front of Brewery Vivant. The one-story building features brick and wood exterior with walls of glass to optimize natural lighting for guests.    The restaurant, owned by Robert Song, who also owns an Okemos restaurant by the same name, opened in September 2012, bringing authentic Japanese steakhouse cuisine and sushi to the East Hills Business District.

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Innocademy Charter School Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Innocademy Charter School

Innocademy is a non-profit public school founded on the premise of developing the whole child through small student-to-teacher ratios and student directed learning. Orion Construction was selected to renovate and convert an existing Herman Miller office building into a K-8 charter school.  The schedule for this renovation was extremely aggressive, only three weeks-from start to finish!

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Tommy's Car Wash Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Tommy's Car Wash

Orion Construction completed the renovation of this full-service car wash and oil change service center.

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Immanuel Lutheran Finished

Posted by: Orion Construction, Inc. | Jul, 22nd

Project: Immanuel Lutheran

This project was positioned on an approximately four-acre site.  Major site renovation was required with excavation and fill needed. The project included concrete and masonry exterior, large span steel girder trusses, metal wall panels and standing seam metal roofing. The interior included a 600-person sanctuary, classrooms and a multi-purpose room with kitchen.

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Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

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