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View Point Studio Living

View Point Studio Living

View Point Studio Living

4282 Pierce Street
Allendale, MI 49401

Campus View, a major player in student housing in Allendale, MI, wanted to create a different housing option for the student who wants a private personal space but still needs to be connected to a community. They own the building formerly housing “Brian’s Books” near Pierce Road and 48th Street just south of the Grand Valley State University Campus. They decided to turn this 20-year-old retail space into View Point, with 24 small studio apartments, an open lounge area, a common kitchen, an exercise room, and a laundry room.

Keeping the basic architecture of the building, we had to conceive an exterior finish that would separate it from its former retail storefront look. One of the main front gables was minimized and the face of the building was sided in three different colors of metal panel to create random vertical stripes. We highlighted the entrances with a dramatic asymmetrical face of dark siding contrasted with warm wood planking around the entry doors.

These design criteria resulted in some fun details in the interior common areas:

  • Oversized, 24-inch tall apartment numbers stenciled on the walls
  • Funky wicker woven corridor light fixtures
  • Planked and octagonal modular carpet patterns in random patterns
  • Custom canvas art using iconic Grand Valley State University names and places
  • Found and repurposed items for decor

View Point offers its residents a well-appointed one-room apartment with a full bathroom. Each unit includes a small kitchenette area with solid surface countertops, study area, sitting area with a wall-mounted TV, and a bed with trundle storage. Just outside each unit is a lounge area with seating, a huge TV, and a spacious common kitchen with an 18-foot island and personal storage for each resident.

For more about View Point, please visit campusviewhousing.com.

 

Living Stones Academy

Living Stones Academy

Living Stones Academy

1415 Lyon St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Living Stones Academy is a charter school in South East Grand Rapids with a vision to create an education that is radically inclusive and absolutely accessible. They serve approximately 100 families of which 56% receive tuition assistance, 52% are minorities, and 15% are English language learners.

r.o.i. Design began donating design time in 2016, helping them imagine their free lunch kitchen, their multi-purpose room, and teacher’s lounge.

For more information about Living Stones Academy, go to livingstonesgr.org.

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors
Allendale, MI

r.o.i. Design was asked by Campus View to design common area interiors of the four oldest apartment buildings at their Allendale site, just yards from Grand Valley State University. Celebrating the 50-year-old buildings, the design included mid-century modern use of patterns, colors, and light fixtures. The apartment hallways leave little doubt where the entries are with a bold accent of color at each door.

In addition to the corridors, r.o.i. Design designed building signage for the site that blends with the architecture but again, has a bold retro look.

Sun Rise Ministries

Sun Rise Ministries

Sun Rise Ministries
Jenison, MI

Sun Rise Ministries purchased the former Freedom Chapel in Jenison, MI. They engaged BCI Construction and TJA Architecture to remodel the facility. Having worked with both Doug Kooistra of BCI and Tim Allspach of TJA on other projects, it was great to join the team as the interior designers.

For Sun Rise, their commitment to help people Connect and Serve meant their new church home needed to be immediately “engaging”, welcoming visitors to participate.

It is amazing what some well-placed paint, carpet and graphics can do to a space. We integrated the acoustical panels in the worship area to create a wall design. We were also able to offer graphic design services, creating wall graphics and signage in the corridors.

Mars Hill Kids

Mars Hill Kids

Mars Hill Kids
Mars Hill Bible Church
Grandville, MI

New leadership, new energy and new direction at Mars Hill created a desire to update their facility’s 38,000 square feet children’s ministry. More than 500 children from infants through 10-year-olds attend the ministry each Sunday. Their nursery, preschool and elementary school spaces needed refreshing. This meant new flooring, new paint, updated lighting and new cabinetry, as well as any needed repairs.
The redesign was intended to simplify, warm and organize the spaces to help member families entrust their children to Mars Hill. r.o.i. Design saw the journey, discovery and comfort of the spaces as key to the success of the redesign. Mars Hill will also be adding their own graphic and signage design as well as decorative elements to complete the look and feel.
Mars Hill had a budget, based on generous donations and operational planning, but it wasn’t clear if they could make the needed changes within their budget or schedule. r.o.i Design worked with the leadership to solicit contractors who were members or affiliates of Mars Hill, as well as call in other sympathetic trades to make the remodel possible to meet the goals.