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Wolverine Building Group Updates Their Conference Room

Wolverine Building Group Updates Their Conference Room

r.o.i. Design has a 25-year relationship with Wolverine Building Group, and we are grateful for the work they give us in the industrial and retail builds. 

When Aaron Jonker and Curt Mulder purchased the company and became the new presidents and co-owners of Wolverine, they looked to redesign their office spaces. While Wolverine does have designers on staff, they wanted outside help with their first-floor main conference room which is highly visible and used frequently. 

Our design included updating the lighting and finishes. The back accent wall of the room is clad in large monolithic ceramic tiles with a metallic finish. The carpet tiles create a unique gradient pattern along the length of the room. Wolverine replaced their old conference table with a new custom table using an ash burl top and a base of reclaimed steel girders designed by Robert Mulder. r.o.i. Design also provided custom glass white boards.

The room was transformed and will stand the test of time for the next generation of leadership at Wolverine Building Group.

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Mars Hill Bible Church Reduces Its Footprint and Remodels Its Space

Mars Hill Bible Church Reduces Its Footprint and Remodels Its Space

 Mars Hill and r.o.i. Design have a 15-year relationship and we have worked on a variety of remodels as their building needs have changed. 

In 2019, Mars Hill sold half of their building’s footprint to Grandville Public Schools, who were looking for space for their Early Education and After School Programs.  

r.o.i. Design engaged Dwayne Masselink and Matt Shoffner of InterActive Studio, who have also previously worked with Mars Hill, to partner on the design and architecture of the remodel. r.o.i. Design led the design team and supported Mars Hill in the process. Mars Hill interviewed four contractors and decided on Erhardt Construction to complete the remodel. 

Because of the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mars Hill project morphed many times. Budgets also impacted the phasing and scope of the work. Essentially, the scope of the project had to be divided into two phases.

The Phase 1 remodel included remodeling a mezzanine space for the church’s new offices, reconfiguring the middle school classrooms for preschool, reconfiguring preschool spaces for babies (nursery), and creating a complete separation from the Grandville Public School side of the building. 

The old offices were separated by a mall corridor and the updated design has all staff in the same space for the first time in many years. While there was not enough room to give everyone private offices, they agreed to all have cubicle offices with private hotel offices being available for project-based needs and studies.  

The mezzanine office remodel included new windows and views to the outside. They also created a large outdoor deck right off the lounge and break room area. The office includes a fireplace, several meeting spaces, a kitchen breakroom, and new restrooms.  

Details that we really appreciate in the new mezzanine office include the reuse of the cedar siding reclaimed from the first floor demolition, the fireplace, the lighting plan and light fixtures, the curved wall and benches outside of the reception area, and the thoughtful furnishings provided by West Michigan Office Interiors. 

Phase 1 also included adapting the buidling’s exterior to create a more appealing entrance for office staff and visitors. Phase 2 will include remodeling the elementary and preschool classrooms and the hallway areas.  

A huge shout-out to Ken Sanders at Mars Hill for his care and patience during the project and to Erhardt Construction for their flexibility. 

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Total Fire Protection Builds New Corporate Headquarters

Total Fire Protection Builds New Corporate Headquarters

Most of the new buildings that r.o.i. Design has designed have fire suppression systems installed. It was not until First Companies introduced us to the Goossens at Total Fire Protection that we understood how technical and innovative fire suppression is!

Working with Dixon Architecture, we worked through space planning and lighting design for Total Fire Protection’s new office. The ceiling plan offered some opportunities for creativity in lighting and sound. The floor plan gave this group a lot more opportunities for shared and collaborative spaces that they were missing in their old office.

The interior finishes are straightforward and clean, with the carpet patterns offering a lot of interest. This is especially true in the large conference room where we incorporated hexagon carpet tiles. Other features we like include the lobby lighting, the open staircase, the interior brick walls, the second-floor break room/bar, the use of staggered 2×4 ceiling tiles, and the executive patio tile treatment.

Congratulations to Total Fire Protection on your new offices and thank you to First Companies for the opportunity.

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