Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. - Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Since 1891, our mission has been, and remains today, to provide the finest professional construction services to meet our clients’ needs for quality construction. As an employee-owned firm, our goal is to assure our clients real value for their dollar.

The Frederik Meijer Gardens Conservatory

Grand Rapids, Michigan



The largest glass-house conservatory in the state, the Frederik Meijer Gardens sits on a 70-acre site off the East Beltline in Grand Rapids that was once open farmland. Much of the land has been left in its natural state; barrier free nature trails provide access to surrounding land.

A 15,800 square foot conservatory has created a miniature tropical rainforest where plants from around the world grow in a controlled climate.

Size: Administration/Classrooms 22,400 sf Conservatory 15,800 sf Conservatory Support 12,660 sf Basement/Mechanical 8,740 sf 

Schedule: August 1993 - May 1995

Design Features:
- Five-story-high, glass-enclosed conservatory with a 14-foot cascading waterfall and 16,000 exotic plants.
- Concrete "trees", 22 feet high, weighing over 11 tons each, which support the roof over the gallery and lobby areas.
- A sophisticated computerized system for temperature and moisture control; automatically operates vents, shade curtains and a high-pressure mist system in the conservatory.

Construction Features:
- Parking area for 5 buses and 127 cars.
- Conservatory structural system is hot-dipped galvanized steel vertical and horizontal trusses, supporting and aluminum curtain wall with 1" clear insulated vertical glazing and 1/2" annealed sloped safety glazing.
- Exterior materials include dolomitic limestone and face brick.


  • Title: The frederik meijer gardens conservatory
  • Location: Grand rapids, michigan
  • Postal code: 49525
  • Phase: Complete
  • Budget: $8.7 million
  • Size: 59600.0

Project Identification Number:


Status: Completed

  • educational

Project Credits:

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Pioneer Construction


Steel Erection


Eckhoff & DeVries Painting




Buist Sheet Metal Company, Inc.


Metal Wall & Roof Panels and ABC Award of Excellence Winner 1995

Excel Electric



Materials Testing Consultants, Inc.



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