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r.o.i. Design is Now a Member of Local First!

r.o.i. Design is Now a Member of Local First!

We are always looking for new ways to get involved with the community and make a positive difference in West Michigan. Local First had been on our radar for a couple of years. We felt now was a good time to learn more about them and get signed up.

Local First is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by a group of seven business owners dedicated to promoting local businesses in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today, Local First represents more than 800 businesses throughout West Michigan and is the largest organization supporting and advocating for locally owned businesses in the Midwest.

Today, Local First represents more than 800 businesses throughout West Michigan…

Membership in Local First comes with many benefits. First, it is a great networking platform to meet, interact, and conduct business with other companies in the local community. We love the idea of encouraging the creation of a sustainable local economy through community education and relationship building. Local First provides numerous marketing outlets as well, whether through social media, their online directory, or the Local First “Guide to Local Living”

r.o.i. Design is proud to be a part of the local West Michigan business community. We look forward to learning more about Local First and the opportunities it can bring to r.o.i. Design and the community at large.

To learn more about Local First, go to localfirst.com.

New Office Administrator at r.o.i. Design

New Office Administrator at r.o.i. Design

We welcome Stacey Udell as r.o.i. Design’s Office Administrator. This is a new position and supports all aspects of our business. She will be working in the areas of design contract administration, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and operational vendor relationship management. Stacey will support Ronda Geyer, Products and Procurement Manager, as she continues to manage the purchasing and receipt of furnishings we provide for customers. Julie Kleinjans, in Finance and Marketing, will continue to coordinate any financial reporting to accountants and municipalities but plans to shift a good part of her time to marketing efforts.

Stacey comes to us with more than 20 years’ experience in office administration and small team management. Her methodical, persistent and organized style is adding business support for our creative team. The hope is that with her arrival, others at r.o.i. Design can spend more time with customers and developing new opportunities. We also love that she knows a great deal about Facebook and is already a raving fan of all things r.o.i. Design!

Stacey left a very busy office before deciding to make a change to work with “small but mighty” r.o.i. Design, where she hopes to have more time for family and personal interests.

By the time Stacey shows up to work every day, she has already been to the gym. She is an avid cyclist, both on solo and tandem bikes with her encouraging husband, Chris. Her love for her Golden Retrievers, Nellie and Bru, is surpassed only by her love of family, including her new grandbaby, Leland.

Van Haren Dentistry Moves to New Office

Van Haren Dentistry Moves to New Office

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Van Haren Dentistry needed a new home, outgrowing their office after 10 years of dental practice, and reached out to First Companies’ Craig Baker for help. First Companies put together the team of r.o.i. Design and r2Design Group, architect Jon Blair to create a space to meet Ryan Van Haren’s needs.

r.o.i. Design was eager to provide a warm and friendly space for this team who uses the word “kind” to describe their practice. We found Dr. Van Haren to be a very caring professional with a love of family and desire to serve his patients and wanted him to feel at home in his new space.

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The new office has improved patient spaces, including waiting, consult, and hygiene/operatory. It also has more efficient space for staff, including reception, lab, sterilization, and break room.

One element from the old office was brought along: photos of Grand Rapids’ sister cities are displayed in the lobby, consult room and hygiene/operatory rooms. These colorful photos of people from around the world are a bright and refreshing accent throughout the space.

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Our favorite features in this design include the pop of the color orange, use of a panelized wood tile, lobby and corridor ceiling details with edge lighting, as well as a friendly hospitality area with full height tile walls.

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Not only did r.o.i. Design provide complete interior design services, we designed their new logo and designed the signage for the outside of the building. Again, a friendly and welcoming use of the “V H” hopes to reflect the nature of the practice. We also supported their process of procuring furniture, working with Custer Office.

© Image Courtesy of First Companies

First Companies delivered the space by the 4th of July. Congratulations to Josh Reynolds and the whole team from First Companies.

For more information about Van Haren Dentistry go to vanharendentistry.com.

BluHouse Properties Expands their Offices

BluHouse Properties Expands their Offices

r.o.i. Design has been supporting Ryan Ogle and BluHouse with interior design for many years, and we were part of the team for their recent expansion. Along with interior design, we provided graphic design and product procurement to assist in getting their space operational in time for the busy 2018 real estate season.

We worked with architect Tim Allspach, builder Kevin Cook, and BluHouse’s own team of builders, Mariani Construction, to complete the project. The complete remodel included almost 4,000 square feet of office space.

The office includes a combination of private offices and open office space supported by tiny private areas for team members to use for calls and focused work. The reception wall makes use of reclaimed wood, which was locally sourced from Grand Rapids Pallets.  Throughout the space are accents of “BluHouse Blue” and the inclusion of some of Ryan’s key “finds and treasures”. A dynamic team photo wall makes a bold statement at one end of the space.

Ryan Ogle started BluHouse in 2007. He has grown the company to include an active team of realtors, property managers and remodelers, and marketing consultants through a variety of privately held and related businesses.

Their first offices on Wealthy Street in Eastown became cramped and impractical, so over a few years, business segments were relocated to other facilities. BluHouse Properties, the real estate business, moved to East Paris in 2016 but expanded their presence there in 2018.

For more about BluHouse Properties, Rent Blu, and 7thRow Creative go to thinkbluhouse.com, rentblu.com, and think7th.com.

The Benefits of Solar Shades

The Benefits of Solar Shades

Love the sun, but can’t see the computer screen?

Everyone loves natural light, except when it’s reflecting off their computer screen. Unlike louvered blinds, solar shades don’t cast a pattern on the screen and still allow for a filtered view. They optimize natural light while controlling heat and glare.

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r.o.i. Design is a distributor of SWF Contract Solar Shading Systems. Solar shades are roller shades that provide a clean design aesthetic along with the ability to manage sunlight and heat. SWF offers a range of materials to suit any commercial environment. SWF products are comparable to those offered by other brands, meeting LEED air quality and emission specifications.

In addition to this quality product, we provide the following services:

  • Free Estimates, Consultations, and Product Selections
  • Site Measuring and Product Engineering
  • Installation

We can make it simple for you by taking the project from consultation to installation. Call us for more information:

(616) 459-3539

Or email: rondageyer@roidesign.com