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Communications By Design

Communications By Design

Communications By Design

4101 Sparks Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

A technology consulting company focused on the classroom, Communications by Design (CBD) recently moved into their new offices on Sparks Drive in Grand Rapids. CBD Consulting provides solutions and services to help their clients create innovative, transformational learning environments that are supported and inspired by technology in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

While their new office is the workplace for consultants, engineers, and administrators, it is also a laboratory, classroom, and learning lab for teachers. CBD asked that their offices reflect their technical style, so r.o.i. Design included several details using cable. They describe the training as taking the teacher on a journey, so using birch plywood, we created a row of columns leading the visitor from the entry to the classroom. They asked us to keep the design light and inviting, with flexible spaces for multiple uses.

Some of the architectural design features include polished concrete floors, open metal ceiling decks with organic ceiling clouds, and a partially-covered outdoor deck. Finishes include neutrals with pops of orange and green, clusters of small hanging lights create the illusion of one big light, and a custom-designed community table which features a laminate wood top and u-shaped bases.

All photos © First Companies

Nap Tags

Nap Tags

Nap Tags

7777 Childsdale Ave NE
Rockford, MI 49341

West Michigan-based Nap Ventures Inc, known as NapTags, were bursting at the seams and realized their need for a new space. Moving to a new location gave them the opportunity to add machines and new capabilities to better serve their customers.

r.o.i Design helped create an interior environment that was soft and comfortable to support the creativity and customer service that is important to NapTag’s success. Some of the stand-out details of the office include the wood reception desk with a waterfall countertop, tall ceilings, display built-ins to show off their product, ceiling clouds wrapped in wood, and interesting flooring patterns throughout the office and breakroom.

r.o.i Design enjoyed working with NapTags, alongside First Companies and Dixon Architecture to create a space that they can call home.

For more information about Nap Tags please visit www.naptags.com.

All photos © First Companies

BluHouse Properties Office

BluHouse Properties Office

BluHouse Properties Office

1680 E Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

 Ryan Ogle started BluHouse in 2007 and has grown the company to include an active team of realtors, property managers 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.

r.o.i. Design has been supporting BluHouse with interior design for many years; for their recent expansion along with interior design, we provided graphic design and product procurement.

Key features of the office include open office areas supported by tiny private spaces for team members to use for calls and focused work, use of reclaimed wood (sourced locally), the accents of their branded blue color, the inclusion of some of Ryan’s key “finds and treasures”, and the team photo wall.

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

West Michigan Compounding

West Michigan Compounding

West Michigan Compounding

1300 Moore St.
Greenville, MI 48838

With a dynamic young president and a focus on innovation, and a business plan to grow operations, West Michigan Compounding needed to expand their offices. Wolverine Building Group reached out to r.o.i. Design for interior design services for this office expansion, which more than doubled the office space, added break-out space and new restrooms. 

Ashley Everin, Vice President of West Michigan Compounding, wanted the new office to have a clean, loft look with open ceilings, concrete floors, glass office walls, a touch of reclaimed wood, and new office systems.

In addition to interior finishes, r.o.i. Design assisted them in finding an office furniture supplier who could provide “the look” they wanted. West Michigan Office Interiors was one of four groups we reached out to, and West Michigan Compounding chose to work with them to create a great open office.

For more about West Michigan Compounding, please visit wmcompounding.com.

Hutchinson Engineering Offices

Hutchinson Engineering Offices

Hutchinson Engineering Offices

460 Fuller Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Building on the success of the 616 Fab House where r.o.i. Design created an innovation center that met international acceptance, Hutchinson Antivibration Systems engaged us to design the expansion of their engineering, plant operations and purchasing offices at their Grand Rapids location. They trusted that we understood their business goals and criteria.

Hutchinson’s growing success as an OEM provider of parts and solutions for transportation brands meant that they needed to create competitive working environments to attract and maintain talent. The total renovation was around 16,000 square feet. This project converted 6,500 square feet of existing warehouse space to office space.

While historic building conversions are not new to r.o.i. Design, every old building introduces challenges. This conversion included creating a space with a raised platform over an industrial space. What may have seemed like a problem actually created a very desirable working space.