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 Street in Grand Rapids, MI, owned in part by Mike Stoddard of Basic Online and the atrium of Beechwood Church in Holland MI.
1535 44th Street Office Corridor
Mike Stoddard recognized the caliber of his tenants and wanted to make sure their customers enjoyed their experience of the building. His realtor, Hillary Taatjes Woznick of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan referred us to Mike and we made paint, flooring and lighting selections that brought his space to today’s standards. We were also happy to solicit bids and provide the project management of the remodeling. Plus, we topped if off with new suite signage!
r.o.i. Design engages in church design on a regular basis, but when Barb Ellis (Black River Schools, Spin Dance, and Infinite Key) contacted us for help on her church, the assignment was focused. With the arrival of a new pastor, and a commitment to “start new”, the design committee was looking for ideas to make an impact on the large atrium that connected the worship, education and office space of the church operation. Taking on the perspective that the atrium was the outdoor “mall”, we suggested adding some pergolas with seating, and relocating welcome desks and hospitality areas to be more prominent within the space. With the help of products from Home Depot, IKEA and CB2, a conversion was possible. There was also a generous gift made by Haworth to provide furniture for the pergola areas. Great job, Beechwood! It’s always tough to take a risk in design.