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Ground-up construction of a shopping center, comprised of three separate buildings totaling 40,000 square feet. The Marketplace houses seven retail spaces, including Dress Barn, Ulta, Maurice’s, and Five Below.
Wolverine’s national restaurant team worked with Burger King franchisees in the Detroit area to roll out the restaurant’s re-design efforts. Our project teams renovated six existing stores which had not been altered previously since their original construction in 1987. Work includes all new finishes, décor, lighting, signage, storefront, and kitchen equipment. Our team also changed the plumbing layouts for each store. The resulting stores have a completely different look and feel, with much brighter colors and a more modern look overall.
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.
New Village Park is a complex live renovation of an affordable housing apartment complex. The facility is comprised of many buildings that total 152 one- to five-bedroom units with a wide variety of different floor plans. Wolverine Building Group demolished and re-built two of the existing buildings, and performed major interior and exterior renovations to the rest. The upgrades are designed to improve efficiency, sustainability, and to meet current standards for disability accomodations, as well as to modernize facility’s overall look and decor. The renovations were completed in phases, with residents relocated for short periods of time while each building was remodeled. Careful scheduling was required in order to minimize disruption to residents and management staff. The project is supported by HUD and MSHDA tax credits, and is slated for LEED for Homes certification.
Re-image of existing TGI Friday’s restaurant, including new finishes, décor, lighting, furniture, signage, and storefront. Our team also constructed a 900 sq. ft. addition to the existing restaurant.
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.
Wolverine’s restaurant team completed a major renovations of Shots Restaurant & Bar. Our team maintained the building’s footprint but raised the roof to provide a more open feel, built a flat roof to accommodate a new HVAC system, relocated the bar, and constructed new restrooms.