Welcome to our design blog. Here you can read r.o.i. Design’s latest news about our projects and industry trends.

Commercial Remodeling: Attract New Tenants While Building Brand

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Design News | Comments Off on Commercial Remodeling: Attract New Tenants While Building Brand

Commercial Remodeling: Attract New Tenants While Building Brand

  While r.o.i. Design helps design projects that are “ground up” new construction, we are often engaged to assist in the refreshing of existing properties and interiors. More than maintenance and less than easy, property owners review upgrades annually and typically have budgets every three to five years for improvements. While sometimes these projects may be considered “tiny”, we think of them as “mighty”. Two of those projects for us recently included the upgrading of a public space corridor for a multi-tenant office building on 44th...

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The Final Phase of Design

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Design News | Comments Off on The Final Phase of Design

The Final Phase of Design

There is glory in planning a great project and being able to guide the design criteria. There is great satisfaction in selecting architectural finishes that meet the budget and still provide a stunning look. While r.o.i. Design continually has those opportunities, we also appreciate the projects when we are asked to put on the “finishing touches”. Finishing touches could include wall art, accessory furnishings or signage. Recently we have had this opportunity with Rylee’s Ace Hardware and Wolverine Power Cooperative. Lori Terpstra, owner and...

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Building a Community in a Multi-Family Complex

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Design News | Comments Off on Building a Community in a Multi-Family Complex

Building a Community in a Multi-Family Complex

Neighborhoods come in all shapes and sizes. And for many, the apartment complex is their neighborhood – complete with dining areas, gathering areas, workout areas, and shared quiet areas.   Wolverine Building Group, Grand Rapids, MI, engaged r.o.i. Design this year to assist them in the final phase design and product fulfillment for the public spaces of their project, Forest Glen, in Chantilly, VA. This project has two phases and at this writing Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 is scheduled for a January 2017 finish. The developer,...

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2017 Color Trends

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Design News, Interior Design | Comments Off on 2017 Color Trends

2017 Color Trends

The 2017 color forecasts are coming out, and r.o.i. Design is seeing a large variety of palettes and opinions. While there are many experts, we tend to look at our favorite paint companies, as well as Pantone. There seems to be a trend toward “muted, dusty or grayed” colors, but there isn’t one color that is being called out as “the color”.  There is interest in blues, purples, green, taupe and grays, but they don’t leave out any part of the spectrum in their predictions. r.o.i. Design knows that these predictions are the most influential for...

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Triangle Associates Creates New Office Interior Environment

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Construction, Design News, Interior Design, Workplace Design | Comments Off on Triangle Associates Creates New Office Interior Environment

Triangle Associates Creates New Office Interior Environment

Triangle Associates has been keeping up operationally with its rapid growth over the last few years. And most recently that meant updating their corporate office interiors. “Who we are as a company, our values, and our attitudes need to be represented in our workplace. It was time to make our office a more transparent and collaborative space to match our culture,” explains Mitch Watt, President of Triangle Associates. Triangle has long offered design-build services for their customers and have in-house design, led by architect Aaron Jenks,...

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Printing on Wood – Natural Material, New Technologies

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Design News | Comments Off on Printing on Wood – Natural Material, New Technologies

Printing on Wood – Natural Material, New Technologies

We at r.o.i. Design like to explore the fabrication of decorative elements for our design customers and their environments. This summer we created our own “art on wood”. This is a very popular decorative trend and there are a variety of options to get your design on wood. But after budgeting options, we thought there had to be a cost effective, local way to achieve this. So with some patience, testing and research we were able to deliver two projects. Campus View Apartments had an entry hallway of painted concrete block. They wanted to get...

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Advantage Label Plans for the Future with New Plant and Offices

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Design News, Interior Design, Meeting and Conference, Workplace Design | Comments Off on Advantage Label Plans for the Future with New Plant and Offices

Advantage Label Plans for the Future with New Plant and Offices

Advantage Label says they “label with a purpose”. They work with their customers to create labels and packaging that present a quality product and promote sales.  r.o.i. Design’s experience of Advantage Label was just that, they perform with purpose and wanted their office to show them as a place of quality, efficiency and pride. Wolverine Building Group contacted r.o.i. Design to support their design process and we were asked to review lighting plans, select finishes and lighting, and help make the break room more of a restaurant than a...

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Wolverine Power Cooperative Moves into New Office Building in Cadillac, MI

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Design News, Interior Design, Meeting and Conference, Workplace Design | Comments Off on Wolverine Power Cooperative Moves into New Office Building in Cadillac, MI

Wolverine Power Cooperative Moves into New Office Building in Cadillac, MI

Wolverine Power Cooperative is a bold company, with big goals and a humble history. While r.o.i. Design enjoyed every aspect of our time with the group, what is lasting for us is their commitment to their customers, their hopes for their employees, and their desire to do the right thing. Those values translated into a desire to make their new work place a space where collaboration, communication and innovation would thrive. That meant their new offices and employee culture would be making landmark changes in how they work. Their directive was...

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Introducing Ronda Geyer, Products and Procurement Manager

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Design News, Procurement and Purchasing, Project Management | Comments Off on Introducing Ronda Geyer, Products and Procurement Manager

Introducing Ronda Geyer, Products and Procurement Manager

So much of what r.o.i. Design does is deliver the products that complete the design. We want to fulfill the promise we make during the design process. That is a full-time job for a patient, persistent, inquisitive and organized person. Ronda Geyer joined us this year in the role of Products and Procurement Manager. She describes her job as the “Manager of Stuff”. She comes to r.o.i. Design with experience in product sales, interior design, landscape design and project management.  Her challenge is to juggle the totally unique nature of each...

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Charter Schools Eye to Excellence

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Design News, Designing for Kids, Designing Public Areas, Interior Design | Comments Off on Charter Schools Eye to Excellence

Charter Schools Eye to Excellence

It is never too late to go back to school. r.o.i. Design has been working with Robert Doornbos at RMD Architects, creating interiors for some of the charter schools he has designed in the last year. Our experience with Charter Schools teaches us that they appear to have highly passionate teams, with high academic goals for a focused community population. They care deeply about how their school environment looks and feels, and based on available budget, really want to make their spaces “A+” Black River Charter School, Holland, MI This is where...

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