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Wolverine Dermatology Café

Wolverine Dermatology Café

Wolverine Dermatology Café 

1673 Gezon Pkwy SW
Wyoming, MI 49519

We worked on the initial concept with Jon Blair of R2 Design Group and First Companies, then the Phase 2 expansion, and most recently, the Phase 3 expansion that created more clinical, patient, and employee spaces to accommodate their growth. 

While Phase 3 added so many needed spaces and followed the brand and direction that makes Wolverine Dermatology so great, the star of the remodel was the new military-themed café break room. 

This new break room is large, with seating for 50 people, including bar seating for 16, lounge and dining seating for 34, and access to an exterior patio with outdoor seating for 20. This cafe features some amazing details, including oversized copper pendant lights, yellow banquette seating, extensive use of reclaimed wood at the bar, and a soon-to-be-added actual propeller from a vintage military aircraft. 

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Greenville Area Community Foundation

Greenville Area Community Foundation

Greenville Area Community Foundation

225 N Lafayette St.
Greenville, MI 48838

The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) were in the process of swapping offices with Southwestern Oil Co. They needed more space and Southwestern Oil needed less. Southwestern Oil had been at its location for more than 30 years, and most of the space had not been upgraded for decades. We were engaged as interior designers supporting the efforts of their contractor, KASCO, and furniture provider, WMOI.

We were able to work with the GACF team to upgrade lighting and finishes. We worked with KASCO to make the entry and restrooms A.D.A. compliant. We recognized the mid-century style of the building and its details and worked to make the new design work with the building’s architecture.

Preserving the interior doors and trim, which were dark oak, we kept the new finishes light and added accents to the new carpeting and wall finishes. In the restrooms, the plumbing fixtures and lighting were completely updated. GACF brought with them their quality artwork and furnishings.

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People Driven Technology

People Driven Technology

People Driven Technology

6300 Venture Hills Blvd SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

E5 Ventures LLC was created in 2016 by the Engen family and focuses on targeted real estate and business investments. One of those projects ended up being a start-up that had roots in its understanding of customer service and technology. People Driven Technology is an all-encompassing IT solution for Enterprise Network Security, Hybrid Cloud, User Experience, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security.  

For the offices to feel welcoming, professional, and with a nod to hi-tech, the key features on the inside include:  

  • An uplit perforated metal “wing” over the reception desk.  
  • LED-backlit panels in the reception desk 
  • A variety of flat clouds in the open office at staggered heights with suspended and recessed strip lights. 
  • Metal wall accents in the break room 
  • Graduated steel to gray carpet tiles in the open office. 
  • Glass-fronted offices and conference rooms.  

Of particular interest is how they named the conference rooms, each one after a respected inventor: Thomas Edison, Hedy Lamar, Nikola Tesla, and Elijah McCoy. Each room has a plaque that tells the story of the inventor and r.o.i. Design assisted in selecting artwork of the inventor and their inventions.  

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Brooktree Capital Management

Brooktree Capital Management

Brooktree Capital Management

4080 Camelot Ridge Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Brooktree Capital Management had been renting a space in downtown Grand Rapids for many years and thought it time to own property based on their own wealth management strategy, as well as create a space that was more aesthetically consistent with their values. That brought them to Camelot Drive off East Paris in Grand Rapids. And through a competitive process, they decided to build with BCI Construction. 

We met Brian Ellis and Hunter Lewis through their architect and longtime collaborator, Dixon Architecture, who asked us to support their new office project with interior design services. 

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Notions Marketing Offices

Notions Marketing Offices

Notions Marketing Offices

517 Crofton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Notions Marketing is the World’s Largest Creative Arts Distributor.

We worked with them to create new administration offices within an existing distribution center. When the Notions Administration team began working from home in April 2020, Notions leaders saw an opportunity to achieve a long-term goal to bring all employees together to a single campus. The relocation of the Admin team also opened new opportunities for the broadening of cross-functional team collaboration and value creation.

The vintage warehouse selected for the new office area had wood ceilings and joists, concrete floors as well as all exposed sprinkling, plumbing pipes, and electrical conduit. Working with Architectural Concepts, the space was planned for closed and open offices, as well as an area to receive vendors and customers.

Elements that assisted with that look include Herman Miller mid-century pendant lights that were reclaimed from the former building, painting the existing wood ceiling, using linear lighting within the wood joists, adding white wood baffles under an accented blue ceiling, accenting walls with bold colors from their brand, and the reuse of some classic occasional furniture from their former offices. To help manage acoustics and to add to the overall interest, carpet tile patterns were added along with the use of reclaimed concrete floors.

Notions owns a variety of art, collected over the years, that will also be used in this new space as a reminder of their foundation and love of the creative process. Notions also enlisted the help of talented internal creative team members to create a 22-foot-wide mural for the lobby that celebrates their neighborhood, their products, and their legacy.

Longtime friend and furniture vendor West Michigan Office Interiors worked with Notions to create furniture solutions for sales, finance, HR, merchandising, and creative team members. The new open office furnishings use several of their brand’s colors as accents in the systems.

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