General contractor Wolverine Building Group completed the construction of the first thrift store for Bethany Christian Services, which consisted of a renovation of a 17,000 square foot warehouse into a spacious retail facility. The location was selected for its centrality and its proximity to many of Bethany’s Grand Rapids-area clients. Bethany Christian Services is a not-for-profit organization serving children and families in 20 countries. They provide adoption and post-adoption services, counseling, foster care, and a variety of additional resources for families around the world. Proceeds from the 29th Street store will benefit Bethany’s Grand Rapids clients, particularly for unfunded or underfunded projects such as refugee services.
26 Cherry is a striking affordable apartment facility with ground floor parking/storage space and five floors of residential units. Located at the corner of Division and Cherry in Grand Rapids’ Heartside district, it is within walking and biking distance of many local restaurants and retailers. The facility features high-quality amenities including granite countertops and polished wood floors. It was constructed concurrently with 205 Division, located adjacent to the project. 26 Cherry is supported by MSHDA and HUD funding and accomodates lower-income residents. This project is Enterprise Green certified to reduce the building’s life cycle costs and environmental impact, and to provide a healthier environment for residents.
205 Division is a seven-story mixed-use building with residential space, commercial space, and parking. Located at the corner of Division and Cherry in Grand Rapids’ Heartside district, it is within walking and biking distance of many local restaurants and retailers. The facility features modern, high-end finishes and a cool gray and blue color palette. This project is supported by MSHDA and HUD funding and accomodates lower-income residents. 205 Division is Enterprise Green certified to reduce the building’s life cycle costs and environmental impact, and to provide a healthier environment for residents.
After completing an extensive historic renovation for Smith Haughey in 2011, Wolverine is completing their workspace by expanding it into an adjacent building. This historic rehabilitation project will following the same design and green criteria as Phase I, which is currently pending LEED Silver certification.
Wolverine completed this major renovation to Ranger, a tool and die manufacturer. The project consisted of the demolition and removal of 6,500 sq. ft. of existing space. Our team also constructed a new interior portion of the building that includes press pits. The interior addition is taller than the existing building.
Wolverine completed this addition to Usher Tool & Die’s existing facility. Usher Tool & Die manufactures die components for the auto industry. This 6,400 sq. ft. addition was crane-built with pre-engineered steel.
Wolverine completed this addition to Digital Tool & Die’s existing facility. Digital Tool manufactures die components for the auto industry. This 15,000 sq. ft. addition was crane-built with pre-engineered steel. The new space will allow Digital Tool to increase their efficiency as well as productivity.
Our team returned to Thierica’s more than 60-year-old facility to complete major renovation and additions. Thierica is a Grand Rapids-owned and -run manufacturing firm that performs laser etching and robotic painting for automotive components. Wolverine’s team constructed two additions to Thierica’s manufacturing space and docking system, totaling 9,200 sq. ft. The conventional steel framed additions were completed with cranes. We also performed a complete renovation to the employee lunch room / break area. This is the fourth addition that Wolverine has completed for Thierica in the past ten years.
Wolverine Building Group completed this adaptive re-use renovation that transformed the former Bethel Pentecostal Church into a 37-unit affordable apartment building. The renovation retained the main façade of the 1920’s-era church, including the exterior brickwork and columns of the original building, and added a contemporary-style two-story addition on top of the existing 1967 addition for a total of four stories. The 51,000 square foot residential building is located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, providing residents with easy access to local parks, schools, retail stores, and restaurants. The project is Enterprise Green certified.
Wolverine Building Group returned to Fifth Third Ballpark in January 2014, after the facility suffered from extensive fire and smoke damage. Work began on January 18, which allowed only 80 calendar days for demolition and rebuilding in time for the opening day game. The fire did extensive damage to the first base side of the ballpark, completely destroying the concourse level, the suites, and the concession area. The construction team scraped all remaining debris down to the concrete floor in order to re-build. Portions of the park that were not touched by the flames suffered from smoke damage, which affected everything even into the third base suite level. All flooring, insulation, and drywall throughout the suites and corridors was removed and replaced. The drywall in every suite was sealed to prevent smoke odors, and all suites throughout the park were re-painted. Wolverine also replaced 900 bleacher seats in the stadium. The team also completed some upgrades during the re-build, expanding all suites on the first base side to 1’ taller and 2’ deeper. The entire building was re-roofed and re-sided, and the souvenir shop and concessions areas were expanded. More than 7,100 fans came to the park for the opening day celebration. Despite the fire, the Whitecaps are playing their 21st season as planned in an upgraded facility.
The Pump House Frozen Yogurt Shop is located in the center of Grand Haven, Michigan. The facility features spaces to purchase and enjoy the frozen yogurt bar where you design the size, flavors and toppings of your frozen treat. This unique venue offers visitors a new experience with an traditional twist; Panoramic views of the Grand river channel to Lake MichiganOld time soda bar with home made natural sodasWarm and inviting fireplace and natural sunlight
The 50th Street freezer facility site is located in proximity to other Gordon Food Service distribution centers. The new facility brings about needed additional space for the company’s line of frozen food products. The proposed freezer building is built on a section of land that is part of a roadway, requiring a partial street vacation and shortening of the 50th St., west of Clay Avenue. Ice cream freezer Maintenance room and mezzanines Facility offices Employee Member Center Refrigerated dock 14 loading docks In order to accommodate the refrigeration penthouse units, the project obtained a zoning variance for the 62 ft. building height. The freezer conforms to the city’s sustainability principles. Gordon Food Service project will allow for the redevelopment of several under utilized industrial properties and will infuse vital investment into the surrounding community.
We demo'd the existing hangar on-site and built a new hangar, terminal, and operations area. The entry canopy is crafted from an airplane wing. AIA GR Honorable Mention Award 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classic Engineering provided HVAC & Plumbing engineering services on this project.
Classic Engineering assisted Dan Vos Construction with structural engineering services to relocate an existing exterior column and create a new overhead door opening.
TAG started working with Niekerk Christian Reformed Church in 2003 on master planning. Like many church projects, it took a few years and a couple of committees before approval to build an addition was realized. An important element, besides adding much needed space, was to match the architectural character of Niekerk. The addition doubled the existing facility and included expanded narthex, nursery, serving kitchen, remodeled offices, large multipurpose space and covered canopy.
TAG first designed the new 19,300 s.f. Harvest Orthodox Presbyterian Church facility to house their worship center, nursery, administrative offices and classrooms in 2008. The new facility was designed with the future in mind, allowing for future classroom and worship space expansion if necessary. In the spring of 2011, TAG designed the renovation of the kitchen at Harvest OPC. Converting the warming kitchenette into a full service kitchen meant new commercial grade appliances and a new floor plan for the kichen.
TAG provided architectural services for the new Perrigo EAO East office building in Allegan, Michigan. TAG worked jointly with Dan Vos Construction on the new facility. The facility was designed to create a campus setting with a physical link between the manufacturing and administration offices. The new facility features a state-of-the-art conference center, a fit-for-life exercise facility, large two story office area, multiple private offices and meeting rooms. The new Perrigo EAO East office facility is located on a beautiful site and was designed to take advantage of a spectacular view and to fit the growing needs.
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.
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.
Exxel Engineering, Inc. provided boundary and topographical surveys, prepared easement descriptions and provided civil engineering design of site grades, parking lot, access drives, underground utilities, drainage and obtained State and local construction permits and provided construction staking.
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!
West Michigan has the abundant farm production, consumer demand and community support necessary to establish a year-round indoor/outdoor marketplace in downtown Grand Rapids. Grand Action and the Grand Rapids DDA have hired Pioneer Construction to serve as the construction manager to make this dream a reality. The permanent Downtown Market will help catalyze downtown revitalization, generate jobs, and new economic activity, and expand access to fresh foods for people from all walks of life. The Downtown Market will house rooftop greenhouses, indoor stalls for food vendors selling fresh produce, a seasonal outdoor farmers market, two restaurants, a commercially certified production kitchen, a community demonstration kitchen, and event space. It will also include food demonstration facilities and the nation’s first kid’s demonstration kitchen. The Market was awarded USGBC LEED Gold Certification. Related articles: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/09/downtown_market_gets_official.html
Exxel Engineering did the boundary and topographical survey and prepared a project base map.
Triangle was selected to perform facility improvements to the district, including 31,114 sq ft of new construction and 19,487 sq ft in additions and renovations to the existing buildings as follows: Oakridge Lower Elementary School Oakridge Upper Elementary School Oakridge Middle School Oakridge High School South Carr - Alternative Education and Senior Citizen Activity Center Administration Building Among other improvements, the district received new classrooms, media center, art and music rooms. The program included a remodel and expansion of an existing kitchen and specialist instructional office space. Included in this contract were replacement roofs and new security card access systems, student computers and classroom technology. The additions were designed incorporating sustainable "green" features. Site work included new playgrounds and equipment, relocation of bus drop-off and parent drop-off drive, new sidewalks, landscaping and removal of portable classrooms from site.
The two buildings consist of 32 loft, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with retail space facing Wealthy Street. Each apartment has a gas fired furnace for individual control. The central high efficiency water heaters have a digital recirculation system. The buildings are owned and operated by the Inner City Christian Federation.
The project includes a new 7,700 s.f. Lab & Operations Center building that serves as the Public Welcoming Center. The building includes conferencing, expansive laboratory, offices, locker rooms, and a lower level maintenance garage. This building is just one of the multiple buildings designed as part of the Clean Water Plant expansion and renovation. The project is expected to be completed in November 2012.
TAG provided architectural services for this new 9,848 s.f. retail store. The new store was constructed on the original building site once the original building, destroyed by fire, was demolished. The new store was designed to make a statement when driving into Grandville on Chicago Drive while incorporating the new City of Grandville's Central Business District Regulations.