4090 Lake Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date Bid: Nov 2012
Construction Period: Dec 2012 to May 2013
Total Square Feet: 71,144 Site: 100,000 +/- Sq. Ft.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Garage, 8,486; first floor, 57,277; second floor,
4,723; mezzanine, 658; total, 71,144 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 20'; first floor, 18 6, second floor,
28 4; mezzanine, 16 4; total, 74 2.
Basic Construction Type: Adaptive Reuse.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain
wall, metal panel. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors:
raised access. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structrual Engineer: Teton Designs, PLLC - 2640 Cascase Road,
S.E., East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
General Contractor: Rockford Construction - 601 First Street,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Mechanical Engineer: Van Dyken Mechanical - 4275 Spartan
Industrial Drive, Grandville, MI 49418
Electrical Contractor (Design/Build): Westmass Electric - 2400
Clyde Park Avenue, S.W., Wyoming, MI 49509
LEED Consultant: Catalyst Partners - 502 Second Street, N.W.,
#200, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Food Service Design: JRA Food Service Consultants, LLC - 401 Hall
Street, S.W., #234, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For seven decades Miller Products created bright, shiny bits and pieces,
painting and coating automotive parts and stadium seats. When demand
lessoned and the manufacturing facility shut down, the building stood
vacant for years, a silent testimony of Michigan's industrial decline.
Today, the building is once again bright and shiny, a stellar example of
Rockford Construction Company's commitment to building sustainable urban
structures in "brownfield" settings.
Rockford Construction has built many of the downtown projects which form
the foundation for the revival of Grand Rapids, Michigan's central city.
Not content to live in the suburbs and work in the city, Rockford chose
to walk the talk by repurposing the abandoned Miller Products plant,
utilizing 90% of the existing building to create a modern, attractive
facility that showcases their sustainable expertise and adds momentum to
the renaissance of a neighborhood and the entire community.
The primarily one-story facility encompasses an entire city block and
brings together Rockford's construction, trades, development and
property management groups under one roof. The flexible, open office
environment features numerous collaboration areas ranging from
glass-walled work rooms to urban roof gardens opening to executive
conference areas literally perched atop the building. In addition to the
contemporary office environment, the former factory also provides a home
for general trades, a trades yard and covered parking.
A row of roof monitors, evenly placed over the open office, bring light
deep into the building's central core while helping create a bright,
energetic work environment. An operable glass partition offers
additional natural light and views to the unexpected luxury of an
outdoor sanctuary created in the large central court yard where a wooden
deck, native plants and lush grass offer an inviting open-air
experience. While the office is a place for serious work, the
corporation doesn't take itself too seriously. There is an elemental of
playfulness in the office's central core. Affectionately named "The
Hollow" the space resembles a 1970's "sunken" living room, complete with
green shag carpet, comfortable seats and a large screen TV.
The design features local, sustainable materials. The wood walls,
flooring and casework come from ash trees, destroyed by the Emerald Ash
Bore infestation, harvested by the city park department, kiln-dried and
locally milled. High-recycled content concrete, sealed and polished
creates a dramatic, durable and sustainable entrance experience.
The Rockford Construction Office Complex has been awarded the 2014 AIA
Michigan Award of Honor.
The end result is an office environment that showcases the talent of
construction company staff, highlights their sustainable expertise and
creates a high-tech, flexible, efficient work environment that supports
productivity and teamwork.
Flooring: Interface Floor
Elevator: Otis Elevator