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Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery Moves Across the Parking Lot

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery Moves Across the Parking Lot

Breweries and their eateries often want their space to feel like their guests are joining them in the warehouse while they are brewing beer. But Gravel Bottom Brewery Ada, MI had to move to a brand-new storefront to allow for the downtown Ada development project to put in a street. First Companies’ Craig Schroeder called r.o.i. Design looking for design...

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Campus Bookstores and Retail Services Continue to Change

Campus Bookstores and Retail Services Continue to Change

r.o.i. Design has been designing for retail for more than 20 years, but now that schools and universities have discovered their customers expect the same kinds of retail experiences on campus as they do in their communities, more than ever we find ourselves working for these institutions. On-campus stores are faced with new business challenges, and they...

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GVSU’s Fresh Food Co. Commons “Re-Freshed”

GVSU’s Fresh Food Co. Commons “Re-Freshed”

GVSU’s original “cafeteria” was built more than 40 years ago and is still the largest food service facility on campus. It feeds a lot of people but needed to respond to the changing campus and its customers. More seating capacity at Fresh Food Co. and upgraded finishes meant planning for a 2016 summer remodel. r.o.i. Design, who also designed the GVSU...

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Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them: The Design Team

Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them: The Design Team

Who is the design team? The building architect, interior designer, site engineer, landscape architect, structural engineer, civil engineer, casegood designer, furniture designer, and art consultant all make up the design team. Construction managers are dealing with a variety of team types: One Stop Shopping Large architect and engineering firms who offer...

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Division 09 and the Budget Impact

Division 09 and the Budget Impact

Recently, r.o.i. Design was at a bid opening and after hearing the bids for Division 09, it was clear to all that something was “up”.  We all are seeing a steady increase in the percentage of costs spent in finishes in projects. r.o.i. Design has been able to balance budgets by applying specialty finishes with discretion in key areas and...

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Grand Valley State University’s New Retail Marketplace

Grand Valley State University’s New Retail Marketplace

 Grand Valley State University The new 40,000 SF marketplace retail facility at the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University will be open to students this month. The planning of the store started in 2012 when the University Book Store team researched other university stores to see the trends in campus retail. We weren’t surprised to learn: Books...

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