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“Coming Right Up” – Projects Soon to be Completed

“Coming Right Up” – Projects Soon to be Completed

r.o.i. Design is busy with nearly 30 projects this December, and three to four projects will be completed soon.

Funky Buddha:

Adding a fourth location in West Michigan, Funky Buddha is planning to open a storefront studio at “Studio Park” in downtown Grand Rapids this winter. Known for their “hot yoga”, this place is “steaming” cool. The team at “FB” engaged architect Jon Blair of r2Design and r.o.i. Design for interior finishes and details. They have refreshed their branding, as is evident by their clean new website. This latest location supports the brand in its simple but bold approach. Our contractor friends at First Companies, Inc. are making it all happen.

Burco:

A family business that produces and distributes car and truck mirrors and related products decided to upgrade its office with new finishes and in-office branding. Their products are creative and solution-driven, so why not make the office match that creativity? That means an expanded lunchroom with all new cabinets and furnishings, punches of the company’s “blaze-orange” accents, painting out the old mahogany trim, and all-new office furniture. It is quite a transformation! Thank you to Erhardt Construction for making us all look good.

West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry

This growing practice in Holland, MI is in the final phase of building their new office. West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry engaged the help of Dixon Architecture, r.o.i. Design, and T2 Construction to make it all happen. The new office includes expanded square footage in most areas from their current offices. Waiting, exam, treatment, and kids’ areas all grew. The much-loved model train and fish tank are being updated and replaced with newer models. In addition to the calm but kid-friendly interior finishes and details, r.o.i. Design was asked to design their new logo. And of course, we incorporated the train into the new brand. Stay tuned to see more of how this project turns out!

Grand Valley State University:

Using all of our skills in exhibit design, graphic design, and interior design, we created a soon-to-be-installed exhibit that will be unveiled at GVSU’s downtown Pew Campus this winter. It is always great to work with GVSU!

Custom Signage for Sunshine Community Church

Custom Signage for Sunshine Community Church

Sunshine Community Church in Grand Rapids recently purchased and remodeled a building in the city’s northeast side at 3019 Coit Avenue NE, near Riverside Park and the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans. The new building is a perfect fit for their congregation after downsizing from their campus on the East Beltline.

With a new building, the leadership realized they needed some wayfinding signs to direct their parishioners where to go. Years ago, when they were still on East Beltine, r.o.i. Design helped them with some wayfinding signage there, so they remembered us and gave us a call.

Since then, they had re-branded themselves, with new logos and graphic standards. We worked within the branding standards to create a family of signage for the building’s needs. We created identity signs, wayfinding, directories, and entrance signs to make it easier for visitors.

We also worked directly with their signage vendor, FastSigns in Grand Rapids, to get the signs fabricated and installed. They did a great job and the signs look great. Sunshine Community Church is very happy with the way everything turned out.

New Logo for West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry

New Logo for West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry

West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry’s New Logo

West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry provides specialized dentistry for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs. As their practice grew, so did the need for a new dental office. Currently located in Holland, MI, at 844 Washington Avenue, their new location is being built on 16th Street near Lighthouse Insurance. r.o.i Design was brought on to design the interiors of the new building, along with the project’s architects, Dixon Architecture.

At the beginning of the design process, the suggestion was made to also look at redesigning the practice’s logo. We offered our graphic design services, and West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry asked us to create some concepts.

Through the graphic design process, we supplied them with a few ideas that they narrowed down for further development. One of the featured elements of the new office design is a scale model train and track which winds throughout the waiting area, hallway and open operatory spaces. They decided that it would be fun to incorporate a train into the logo. We went back and forth a few times with ideas and finally landed on a simple, but fun, circular logomark with the train motif.

The construction of the new office will be wrapping up soon, and we are excited to see how the whole space comes together. Be sure to look for a post with photos of the space in the near future!

Old Logo

For more information about West Michigan Pediatric Dentistry, please visit westmipeddent.com.

Changing Our Design Library for a Digital World

Changing Our Design Library for a Digital World

As technology becomes more and more advanced, we are noticing a change in how the design world handles physical samples and reference materials.  Gone are the days of having multiple furniture, carpet, and lighting binders. The need to have space for all of these things to live is becoming less and less physical and more and more digital.

Over the last year, we decided to take a hard look at our materials library and start to cull and organize each area to get rid of outdated binders, materials, etc. The goal was to create a more collaborative space for designing. As a result, we have been able to downsize our physical material library by about 50%. We now have the most current samples, updated binders, and the newest products available in order to design the best spaces we can.

With less shelving, the now open space allowed us to add some lounge seating and a dedicated work area. This not only benefits r.o.i. Design, but also makes for a more hospitable place for our clients to visit and review selections and materials for their projects.

United Commercial Services Has a New Corporate Office

United Commercial Services Has a New Corporate Office

Returning customer United Commercial Services (UCS) came to r.o.i. Design with an interesting challenge. They purchased a building in the Creston Heights Neighborhood of Grand Rapids that originally was a mortuary but most recently a medical clinic. They wanted to remodel it to create a new home for their cleaning and maintenance business.

Greg Metz from Lott3Metz provided the architecture and together we planned the space that included a central kitchen lounge, open and closed offices, much-needed conference and collaboration spaces, warehouse, and shop, as well as an entire lower level dedicated to the process of hiring and training new team members. Pinnacle Construction managed the construction and found solutions to the surprises that a 60-year-old building provides.

The exterior got a bit of a facelift, keeping the existing brick but adding new canopies, windows, doors, and trim, giving the building a new bright look.

Not only is their space now larger, giving the team more amenities to make their work efficient, but there are also design features that make working there more fun. Recycled wood panels clad the walls in the lobby, kitchen, and lounge. The kitchen island has big pendant lights and is large enough for the whole team to stand around. There are barn doors to the “war room”, which has an entire wall of whiteboard wallcovering to use for planning projects. The lower level has a kitchenette with bar top tables. Carpet patterns offer interesting pops of color. The lounge furniture from West Elm adds a residential flare.

The location of the new office is near r.o.i. Design’s office. There is a neighborhood myth that UCS’s building was haunted. Since they’ve moved in, they have had more than one reason to believe that they have a part-time guest sharing their space, just in time for Halloween!

United Commercial Services is a Grand Rapids-based cleaning and janitorial service contractor that has been a part of the West Michigan community for over two decades. They clean over 12.5 million square feet each night and manage over 240 employees.

Care and Feeding of the Office Worker

Care and Feeding of the Office Worker

Corporations are looking for ways to make employees more comfortable and productive while in the office. So what creates that happiness and what is the role of design to aid in creating happiness at work?

r.o.i. Design has seen their customers provide a variety of spaces and amenities to their offices to assist with making a multi-generational workforce glad to be at the office.

While break rooms are important, so are the other pit stops and opportunities for refreshment:

  • A small counter with a beverage fridge and a Keurig reminds folks to keep hydrated.
  • Some lounge furniture by a window with a view. Doesn’t have to be an enclosed office, just a spot for a moment of contemplation and enjoyment.
  • If your office is filled with cubicles, converting a small office to a shared space so a couple of folks can work privately can be very productive.
  • On the stressful days, the old fashioned “tea cart” being pushed around with snacks at least makes them smile.

And then there is the opportunity to communicate to staff through messaging:

  • Monitors that run changing images and texts are great for keeping staff “in the know”.
  • Imagine if, after the boring quarterly meeting, a monitor in the office had funny photos from the meeting with some bullet points to repeat the key points of the meeting, but also to remind folks that they appreciate them coming to the meeting!
  • Recognize staff for a job well done or celebrate with those crazy birthday announcements
  • Or just maybe having the company Facebook page up on the screen.
  • One office we visited had staff DISC profiles looped on a video.

And if your office doesn’t have a ton of space to create “other spaces”, or a budget for art or technology, consider adding plants and greenery to soften the interior.

No matter how a company expresses their care for their employees, any effort to recognize staff efforts and dedication is appreciated.

© Image Courtesy of First Companies