730 Leonard NW
Originally constructed as a warehouse, 730 Leonard Street NW was an under-utilized, largely vacant building on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.
The solid brick building has been converted into 10 studio and 8 one-bedroom apartments, with 3,698 sf of dividable retail space. The Cella Building Company corporate offices occupies a large segment of the retail space. Apartments feature balconies, stainless steel appliances and high-end finishes, as well as video security and indoor bicycle storage. Leonard Street is home to an assortment of retail, restaurants, bars & cafes, all walking distance to the property.
We are pleased to have the support of the West Grand Neighborhood Association and West Leonard Business Association for this project in Grand Rapids. The property will be certified Net Zero Carbon and is fully compliant with the GR2030 District.
736 Leonard NW
A windowless warehouse adjacent to our newly renovated building holds tremendous potential! This brick structure is getting a third floor, windows and sliding glass doors. The finished project will add 10 apartments to the 730 Leonard building (access through the lobby on McReynolds), plus 1,032 square feet of ground level retail space.
The studio and one-bedroom apartments will feature balconies, stainless steel appliances and high-end finishes, as well as video security and indoor bicycle storage. As the buildings are linked together, the expanded property will be certified Net Zero Carbon and be fully compliant with the GR2030 District.
A vacant lot at the intersection of Lafayette and Bradford offered a unique opportunity to create housing in a walkable community near the Medical Mile. Bradford Station is the first Carbon Neutral apartment building in Grand Rapids. The property offers 23 well-appointed studio and one-bedroom apartments, and one retail space. It is located within walking distance to the Medical Mile and the GVSU Health Campus. With secure bicycle storage and an adjacent station for the Rapid Route 11, living without a car is a cost saving, practical, earth friendly option.
The Bradford Station apartments consume approximately 50% less energy than a standard new apartment. The 16,500 SF, all-electric building is compliant with the Grand Rapids 2030 District and certified Net Zero Carbon by Net Zero Analysis, a Certified US DOE Zero Net Energy Home Verifier.
Built in 1926 as the Grand Rapids Storage & Van Co., and designed by famed architect George S. Kingsley, this National Historic Building is an important cultural landmark in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Through a series of development upgrades, we transformed the under-utilized property into a mixed-use space of ground level retail with apartments & offices above.
The art deco-style building, which is LEED Silver Certified, is part of a collection of shops, restaurants, cafes, breweries and other boutique businesses in Eastown. The building now offers 5 retail spaces, 20 office spaces, and 41 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Our team worked with the building owners and the City of Grand Rapids from concept through occupancy to transform the obsolete building.
Wealthy Street Animal Hospital
Completed in spring 2016, the Wealthy Street Animal Hospital represents the adaptive reuse of a historic property, breathing new life into a tired neighborhood building. A restoration of the historic facade, an update to the mechanicals and structure, together with a complete interior renovation have combined to provide a home for a new and needed service on Wealthy Street.
Our client located a classic structure and turned to us to design and build space for exam rooms, lab work, offices and reception. We analyzed the needs of the practice to determine the most efficient use of pace, while implementing cost savings and energy efficient features. Our team devised a floor plan with design elements that would address the varied needs of an active veterinary clinic. The finished space is crisp and clean with durable surfaces and custom features in each room designed specifically for work efficiency and comfort of clients and pets.
When two couples decided to downsize and relocate to an urban setting in a walkable neighborhood, they turned to us to build an energy efficient, sustainable home. Built on a single lot, the condominium site offers individual home ownership in a duplex style house.
The completed residence offers open floor plans, generous natural light and luxurious finishes. Efficiency was maximized through an improved building envelope with energy efficient windows and a combination of closed cell foam and cellulose insulation. The concrete driveway provides a reflective surface to reduce the local heat island effect. The home also features LED lighting and landscaping with native plants requiring minimal irrigation.
Squibb Coffee and Wine Bar
Our client desired conversion of a vintage building into useable space for a storefront retail coffee and wine bar. The goal was to create an environment suitable for work, gathering, relaxation and socializing. Our team worked closely with the client and their architect to achieve a floor plan and aesthetic that would address all of their criteria.
The resulting space features hardwood floors, ample natural light, contemporary energy-efficient light fixtures, a well-organized work space behind the counter and sleek display cases. Bar seating was installed at the large windows, with additional seating at tables throughout the venue.
The Wesener Building at 104-108 North Washington Street is a landmark in downtown Owosso, Michigan. Constructed in 1885, it was seriously damaged in a 2007 fire and became a community eyesore. A local couple purchased the building and turned to us for historically accurate restoration while incorporating modern technology to become the first LEED-certified, mixed use property in the area.
Today, the 18,000 sq. ft. Wesener Building is complete with two retail spaces on the ground floor, six market-rate rental apartments on the second & third floors, plus an owner's loft and office.
Built in 1865, The Hotel Saugatuck is the only original mill in the area still standing from the busy lumbering era. A Michigan Historic Landmark, it is rich in history having undergone several changes and functions, always as an integral part of the Saugatuck Community. Unfortunately, the Inn had fallen into disrepair and stood vacant. The historic landmark was purchased with the vision to bring the property back to life as Saugatuck’s premier boutique hotel and luxury bed & breakfast. Our team brought expertise in historic preservation and renovation to the project. Our engineering and design professionals recycled and repurposed elements of the existing structure, constructing an energy efficient and luxurious retreat for guests.
Fond of their home's features and committed to the location, our client desired an addition that would increase curb appeal, add outdoor living space and also create flexible interior space.
The construction project added 385 sq. ft. of interior space, and a 400 sq. ft. covered porch wrapping from the front of the home to the side and rear yard. The garage had been the home's prominent feature. Now the front porch and eyebrow detail draw visitors and attention to the front door.
The new sunroom provides the owners space for an art studio and seating area with views of the property. The sunroom leads to the new outdoor living area on the wrap around porch. The addition is flexible for the future, with a crawl space and utility access, and has potential for conversion to a guest bedroom and bath or a first-floor master suite.