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KALAMAZOO / PORTAGE | Development Thread

Last Updated: July 03, 2017

Mall City. K-Zoo. Celery City. Paper City. The Zoo. The Bedding Plant Capitol of the World... This place has a lot of nicknames, a lot of character, and a LOT of development going on for a place of its size. The economy is growing in Kalamazoo, and in an effort to celebrate this development, all general construction located in and around the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area will be included.


Image: Downtown Kalamazoo, as viewed from Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Image Source: Wikipedia

Brief Background:

Kalamazoo is a unique city in Southwest Michigan. It is situated equidistant between Chicago and Detroit (less than 150 miles from each). The city holds its own as a hub for arts, culture, industry, and education, not to mention the many breweries and dining establishments frequented by locals and visitors. Likely the most famous of these is Bell’s Brewery and Eccentric Café. Kalamazoo is characterized by more than 20 distinct neighborhoods, many with active neighborhood associations. The city is remarkably diverse for a place of its size. It was settled around 1829 by westward-migrating white settlers. It was later incorporated as a village in 1843, and it eventually became a city in 1884. Before white settlement, the land was home to the Potawatomi Nation. Prior to that, Natives of the Hopewell civilization called the land home.


Image: Kalamazoo Satellite View
Image Source: Google Maps (April 01, 2017)


Image: Kalamazoo Neighborhoods Map
Image Source:Wikipedia

Populations:

As f the 2016 census numbers, the City of Kalamazoo has a population of around 76,000, and it is the largest city in Southwest Michigan. When combined with the neighboring city of Portage located immediately to its south, which has a population of about 48,500, the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area anchors a population of about 335,000 persons. Add to this the population center of nearby Battle Creek, and the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek-Portage CSA ranks / ties for third in the state of Michigan, coming in at around 524,000 (source: Wikipedia). Both Kalamazoo and Portage are growing slowly but steadily, and every municipality in the county experienced growth on some level between 2010 and 2016:



Industry:

The area has a strong manufacturing history. Some historic industries included paper, stoves, automobiles, musical instruments, cigars, fishing gear (Shakespeare), and celery. Kalamazoo is where Gibson Guitars was founded, and it is where the Checker Cab was manufactured by Checker Motors Company. Today, the Kalamazoo-Portage area manufacturing scene has evolved to more high-tech and healthcare-related specialties, and it is also still host to a lot of plant nurseries and greenhouses. It is home to Fortune 500 company Stryker Corporation, a medical technologies leader. Other prominent businesses invested in the area include:

• Fabri-Kal (thermoformed packaging)
• Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet designs (outdoor kitchen equipment)
• Parker Hannifin (hydraulic components)
• Pfizer Corporation (ranks among the world’s largest Pharmaceutical businesses)
• Zoetis (world's largest producer of animal medicines)
• Eaton Corporation (Power Management / Distribution)
• Bell’s Brewery (Beer Brewing / Distribution)


Image: Gibson Inc. Interior, 1936
Image Source: KPL

Arts / Culture:

There are not many cities the size of Kalamazoo that can boast such a diversity of culture. The area has many museums, performance venues, organizations, and events dedicated to the arts. Perhaps most well-known is the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, hosted in the city each year by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. This weeks-long event attracts talent and visitors from around the world. The Kalamazoo Civic Theater has been active as a community theater ensemble since 1929. Also not to be overlooked is the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the third largest symphony orchestra in the state, with a nearly 100-year history.


Image: Bell's Eccentric Café Interior
Image Source:Crain's Detroit

Healthcare:

Kalamazoo is home to two large hospitals - Bronson Healthcare and Borgess
Health. Both have roots dating to the nineteenth century, and both hold a large influence on development in the area. The city is also home to the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital, the largest mental health institution in the state, housed in a Kirkbride-planned building.


Image: Bronson Atrium by night
Image Source: CSM Group

Higher Education:

Kalamazoo is home to three large institutions of higher education: Western Michigan University, a public research university founded in 1903 with a student body around 24,000; Kalamazoo College, a private liberal arts college founded in 1833, with a much smaller student body of around 1,400; and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a 2-year community college system founded in 1966 and serving a student body of around 10,000. All three of these schools have a lot to do with the economic growth and diversity in the city.

Development - Historic:

Development-wise, Kalamazoo has had its fair share in the history of larger development trends. The city is home to what can be considered the worlds’ first modern, outdoor shopping mall, designed by Victor Gruen in the 1950s. It is still very much a part of the thriving downtown business area today.


Image: The Kalamazoo Mall, circa 1960s
Image Source: MI Genweb

The city has been a leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. It has one of the most active Historic Preservation Commissions in the state, and it is the smallest city in the state that manages to maintain this full-time department, dedicated to promoting historic preservation. Because of this, Kalamazoo boasts a variety of well-preserved structures from every architectural style from the 1830s on, especially Art Deco. That said, Kalamazoo was also witness to 'urban renewal' efforts beginning in the 1960s, like so many other cities. The Kalamazoo Center project meant demolition for historic structures that didn't fit the 'modern' identity that developers were striving to achieve.


Image: Kalamazoo Center, renovated and known now as The Radisson Plaza Hotel, was at the center of Kalamazoo's urban renewal efforts.
Image Source: Byce Associates

Kalamazoo also played host to several historically significant planned communities, two of which were spearheaded by citizens that enlisted the design efforts of Frank Lloyd Wright. These two Usonian communities, one in the Kalamazoo Winchell neighborhood (Parkwyn Village) and the other near Galesburg (The Acres / Galesburg Country Homes), are to this day some of the few planned communities designed by Wright that were actually built and continue to thrive.


Image: An early proposal for the Parkwyn Village community, indicating Wright's design for circular lots (which was ultimately not accepted by the FHA).
Image Source: Parkwyn Village Association

Development - Today:

So much exciting development is happening today in the greater Kalamazoo area, and it is certainly worthy of having its own development thread. Below is a list of some current projects and development-related news for both Kalamazoo and Portage, Michigan. Since this is a new thread, information for significant developments that have been recently completed is also provided, to give a better picture of just how much change there has been in recent times. Updates will be made periodically; projects listed below are meant to be a good start – but if there are projects you know of that are missing from this thread, please let the group know!

All original image sources credited.

Kalamazoo - Current Projects Under Construction:a

Westgate - Phase 1

Construction Cost: $100 Million
Location: Maple Hill Drive (North of West Main St, East of US 131)
Involved Parties: AVB, Inc. (Developer)
Status: Site Clearing is underway
Summary: A large, 140-acre development, to include several big box store sites, four restaurant sites (likely national-chain), and three hotel sites, two of which have been claimed by a Holiday Inn & Suites and a Holiday Inn Express.

Image: Developer's Plan
Image Source:MLive

The Corner@Drake

Construction Cost:$70 Million
Location: Northwest corner of Stadium Drive and Drake Road
Involved Parties: Costco, Field & Stream (Anchor Tenants), Consumers Credit Union, AVB, Inc. (CM)
Status: Under Construction, Multiple Phases Complete
Summary: A large shopping plaza, anchored by Costco and Field & Stream. Outlying buildings are under construction currently, for leasable retail and restaurant spaces.


Image: Developer Plan
Image Source: AVB, Inc

The Exchange Building

Construction Cost: $53 Million
Location: 151 W. Michigan Ave (SE corner of W. Michigan and Rose)
Involved Parties: PlazaCorp, Phoenix Properties, Chemical Bank, Byce Engineering & Architecture, Orion Construction
Status: Under Construction
Summary: A 15-story, 340,000 SF mixed-use tower that broke ground this Spring. Completion expected in 2018.


Image Source: MLive

The Foundry - Phase 1

Construction Cost: $10 million
Location: 600 E. Michigan Ave.
Involved Parties: Treystar (Developer), CSM Group (CM)
Status: Under Construction
Summary: Phase 1 is a 35,000 SF development on a brownfield redevelopment site, to include a 6,000 SF restaurant and office space for up to 200 people. Project also includes an extension of Harrison Street south, past Michigan Avenue, to eventually connect to S. Pitcher Street.


Image: Artist's Conceptual Rendering, The Foundry, Phase 1

Consumers Credit Union Headquarters

Construction Cost: Unknown / Withheld
Location: 7200 Elm Valley Drive
Involved Parties: HOK (Design Architect), Bosch Architecture (Local Consulting Firm), AVB, Inc. (CM), Consumers Credit Union
Status: Under Construction
Summary: New corporate headqua­­­rters on a 22-acre site with natural setting. The 89,000 SF, three-story building represents a significant expansion and upgrade from current facilities on Stadium Drive. Also included is a new 108,00 SF parking deck.


Image Source: EventBrite

The Shoppes on Westnedge

Construction Cost: $9.4 Million
Location: Former Hardings Market, Howard Street and S. Westnedge
Involved Parties: City of Kalamazoo, Park Street Market
Status: Under Construction
Summary: With the assistance of funding from the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, a new grocery store is planned to open in 2019 at the former location of a Hardings Market. Up to four additional stores and a space for a farmers market and food trucks are also in the planning stages.


Image: Construction progress as of 6/18/17
Image Source: My own photo

New RX Optical Laboratories Inc. New Corporate Headquarters Building

Construction Cost: $6 million
Location: 1700 S. Park St
Involved Parties: RX Optical
Status: Under Construction
Summary: A new 22,000 SF administrative space to house the 69-year-old Kalamazoo-based company, which has over 50 locations in Michigan and Indiana.


Image: Project Rendering
Image Source: MiBiz

Peregrine 100 - Phase 1

Construction Cost: $5 Million
Location: Corner of W. Michigan Ave. and S. Burdick St.
Involved Parties: Peregrine Realty (Tom Huff, Owner)
Status: Under Construction
Summary: Residential and commercial mixed-use development in the ld National Bank and Trust Building (PNC Bank more recently). Phase 1 includes 12 luxury residential units, Phase 2 will include more units and development of the vacant, historic 8,000 SF former bank space, which at one time was the home of First National Bank of Kalamazoo. Amenities to include indoor parking, rooftop terrace, and some units with 40 ft high ceilings.


Image Source: My own photo

Delta Hotel by Marriott - Conversion

Construction Cost: $4 Million
Location: US-131 and Stadium Drive
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo Hotel Group LLC (Owner), Delta Hotels by Marriott (Property Management)
Status: Under Construction
Summary: Renovation of an existing Holiday Inn hotel and rehabilitation of the adjacent, 24,000 SF former Holiday Lanes bowling alley into a conference center.


Image: The existing hotel, with empty bowling alley towards the top.
Image Source: Google Maps

East End Roundabout

Construction Cost: $1.9 Million
Location: Intersection of Gull, Harrison and Ransom streets
Involved Parties: Wightman & Associates (Engineer), City of Kalamazoo
Status: Under Construction
Summary: In May 2017, the City Commission approved plans to construct a roundabout at this busy intersection on the east end of downtown, with the goal of improving vehicular flow while decreasing pedestrian and cyclist-related dangers.


Image Source: MLive / Wightman & Associates

Kalamazoo Commons Apartment Conversion

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 165-219 E South St.
Involved Parties: Ramp 3 LLC, Meyer C. Weiner Co.
Status: Under Construction
Summary: Conversion of 17,000 SF of retail space into (8) 1-3 bedroom apartments.


Image Source: Al Jones | MLive

Borgess Behavioral Crisis Center

Construction Cost: $1.5 Million
Location: 1521 Gull Road
Involved Parties: Borgess Health
Status: Under Construction
Summary: A 2,500 SF, 8 bedroom suite, designed to accommodate E.R. patients with mental or behavioral problems. To be located adjacent to the existing Trauma & Emergency Center.


Image Source: MLive | Courtesy Borgess Health

Congregation of Saint Joseph - New Nazareth Center

Construction Cost: Unknown ($1.5 Million?)
Location: 3709 Nazareth Road
Involved Parties: Congregation of Saint Joseph
Status: Under Construction
Summary: The Kalamazoo Congregation of Saint Joseph (a group of Catholic nuns) is constructing a new 124,000 SF, 2-story center to house their aging and diminishing population. It is located behind their current mother house, of the which the future remains uncertain. The campus that houses the sisters was originally the home of Nazareth College, which closed in 1992.


Image: The new center under construction in April 2017


Image: The existing mother house
Images Source: My own photos

Trinity Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church Mixed Use Conversion

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 117 W. North St.
Involved Parties: Nelson Nave, AIA (Architect), Catalina Holdings LLC (Developer)
Status: Under Construction
Summary: A vacant church on the North Side will be converted into three apartments and office space for a dental practice. The church was constructed in 1924.


Image Source: MLive

Latitude 42 - Oshtemo Township

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: US 131 and West Main
Involved Parties: Progressive AE (Architect), Latitude 42
Status: Under Construction
Summary: A popular brewpub that opened its doors a few years ago in Portage is constructing a second location in Oshtemo Township, just west of Kalamazoo city limits. Expected completion is October/early November 2017. 


Image Source: Mlive (Courtesy of Oshtemo Township)

Wightman Associates, Inc. - New Kalamazoo Office

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: Downtown / north side
Involved Parties: Wightman & Associaates, Inc. (Architect)
Status: Under Construction
Summary: The Architecture & Engineering firm of Wightman & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1949. It is currently in the process of relocating its Portage office to downtown Kalamazoo, in a renovated structure.

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Ronin Artisan Ales

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 505 E. Kalamazoo Ave
Involved Parties: Justin Guisinger and Shane Van Liere (Owners / Founders)
Status: Under Construction
Summary: A new microbrewery, planned to be open by October 2017 in a vacant section of a building also occupied by Black Owl Cafe, The Final Clue and Symphony Financial Services.


Image Source: MLive

Water Street Coffee - Sprinkle Road

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: near the Sprinkle Rd / I-94 Interchange
Involved Parties: Water Street Coffee
Status Under Construction
Summary: Water Street Coffee Joint, which is held in much greater esteem than Starbucks by many Kalamazooans, will be opening its fifth location this summer on the busy South Sprinkle Road. Although it is going to just be a tiny drive through along this busy arterial road, it is a positive addition for that area, and a sign of increased pace of development near the Sprinkle Rd / I-94 area.


Image Source: MLive

Kalamazoo – Proposed Projects:

Arcadia Commons West

Construction Cost: At least $150 - $200 million, including $80 million County Courthouse Building
Location: Downtown Kalamazoo West End, Four Blocks @ Cooley / Eleanor Sts.
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo County, City of Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, PlazaCorp (Developer)
Status: Proposed
Summary: A redevelopment plan for four long-vacant blocks to catalyze development in the west end of downtown. Work will include a new courthouse building, private commercial development, and Western Michigan University development.


Image: Map of proposed development
Image Source: Wood TV

Allied Paper Superfund Cleanup and Redevelopment

Construction Cost: Unknown (likely tens of millions)
Location: Area bounded by Alcott, Reed, Portage, and Burdick
Involved Parties: City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, EPA
Status: Proposed
Summary: In Fall of 2016, the EPA approved a (controversial) cleanup plan for the former Bryant / Allied Paper Mill site, referred to as "The Hybrid". Under this plan, PCB contaminants in a landfill will all be moved to one area of the site, away from Portage Creek, and then capped. The plan is that this will free up about 20 acres of cleared land for new development. Several earlier proposals calling for complete removal of all contaminants was deemed too costly to do, at a price tag of around $180 million.


Image Source: City of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department

Construction Cost: $15.7 Million
Location: 400 Bryant St
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo County, PlazaCorp (Developer / Property Owner)
Status: Proposed
Summary: In June 2017, the County Health Department confirmed its plans to relocate its primary facilities to the former Illinois Envelope Company Building, located within the Allied Paper Superfund Site. The existing 3-story masonry building is listed on the National Register, and is approximately 45,500 SF. It is expected to be fully renovated by February, 2018. The County will utilize the building on long-term lease from PlazaCorp.


Image Source: Wikipedia

Rose Street Market / Boutique Hotel

Construction Cost: Unknown ($10 - $20 million?)
Location: 303 N Rose St
Involved Parties: PlazaCorp (Developer)
Status: Proposed
Summary: Planned conversion of the former Rose Street Market Banquet Center (originally the Masonic Hall) into a new Boutique Hotel, including a new addition.


Image Source: My own photo

WMU Student Center / Waldo Library Expansion

Construction Cost: Unknown ($5 - 10 Million?)
Location: Western Michigan University Main Campus
Involved Parties: Perkins + Will (Architect), WMU
Status: Proposed / In Design
Summary: Demolition of a portion of McCracken Hall is currently underway to make room for a new student center, that will potentially include an expansion to the Waldo Library as well. The project is in planning stages, with the goal of creating a new integrated learning and activity hub on campus. Plan is expected to be publically displayed towards the end of June.


Image Source: Google Maps

Kalamazoo Human Society - New Crucial Care and Resource Center for Animals

Construction Cost: $5 Million
Location: River Street & I-94 Business Loop (Comstock Township)
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo Humane Society, Kingscott Associates, Inc. (Architect)
Status: Proposed / In Design
Summary: This proposed center would replace the local Humane Society's current home with a much larger facility, equipped to handle more animals and growing services. The move would give the society a 15-acre site for future expansion, compared to the current 1/4-acre site.


Image Source: KAI

Heritage / Gibson Guitar Factory

Construction Cost: Unknown ($2 - 3 Million?)
Location: 225 Parsons Street
Involved Parties: Heritage Guitar
Status: Proposed / In Design
Summary: No public details yet. Work will possibly include conversion of the original factory space into a brewpub and guitar museum, as well as an outdoor beer garden, on kalamazoo's north side.


Image Source: My own photo

302 Academy Street

Construction Cost: Unknown ($2 - 3 Million?)
Location: 302 Academy Street
Involved Parties: Byce & Associates (Architects / Engineers)
Status: Proposed / Conceptual
Summary: If built, this project would convert a vacant church structure and provide a new 5-story addition for new residential lofts and office space that would face Bronson Park. The existing historic church structure that dates to the 1800s would be preserved.


Image Source: Byce & Associates


Trade Joe's

Construction Cost: Unknown ($1 - 2 Million?)
Location: The Corner @ Drake Development
Involved Parties: Trader Joe's (Rumored) AVB, Inc. (Developer)
Status: Rumored
Summary: No public details yet. It is rumored that Trader Joe's may join the other new retail establishments at this large development in the west end of Kalamazoo.


Image: Typical Trader Joe's (Fort Lauderdale example)
Image Source: Fortune.com

The Stamped Robin

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 128 Portage Street
Involved Parties: Emily Deering and Matt Caruso (Owners)
Status: Proposed / In Permitting
Summary: This new venue will offer rotating specialty cocktails and wine selections, along with lighter food options. It is expected to seat 55 to 85 patrons, including outdoor seating on a small patio.


Image: Future location of The Stamped Robin, far left of the three story building, close to the parking deck
Image Source: My own photo

Kalamazoo – Recently Completed Projects:

Sprinkle Road Tap House

Construction Cost: $750,000 - $1 Million
Location: 5001 Circle Park Drive
Involved Parties: Millennium Restaurant Group
Status: Completed May, 2017
Summary: This 4,500 SF full-service restaurant and bar will be the third of its kind for Millennium Restaurant Group's family of local Tap House venues. The restaurant is attached to the recently completed Zeigler's Motor Sports on Sprinkle Road.


Image Source: MLive | Courtesy Millennium Restaurant Group

Pho on the Block (P.O.T.B.)

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 1301 Portage St.
Involved Parties: POTB
Status: Completed May, 2017
Summary: A modern Vietnamese fusion restaurant, constructed with the help of a community grant. Located in a restored block of the Washington Square area of the Edison neighborhood, south of downtown.


Image Source: Mark Bugnaski | MLive

Firehouse Subs

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 1750 South Drake Road
Involved Parties: Firehouse Subs, AVB (Developer)
Status: Completed May, 2017
Summary: The first Firehouse Subs in the Kalamazoo area, part of "The Corner @ Drake" development. The chain was founded by firefighters and is based out of Jacksonville, Florida.


Image Source: WKFR

Kalamazoo Mall Plaza Conversion

Construction Cost: $3 Million
Location: 157 S Kalamazoo Mall
Involved Parties: The Vernon Group LLC (Property Manager)
Status: Completed Spring, 2017
Summary: Conversion of a 4-story structure to mixed use with 22 high-end loft apartments. The renovation retains two retail shops on the ground floor facing the mall. Private parking is provided in the basement and a portion of the first floor, and commercial space also remains in a portion of the basement and the second floor. New balconies were added facing the mall.


Image Source: My own photo

New Family Health Center Clinic

Construction Cost: $15 million
Location: Alcott St. - Edison Neighborhood
Involved Parties: Family Health Center, CSM Group (CM), Eckert Wordell (Architect)
Status: Completed April 2017
Summary: A new 50,000 SF health care clinic geared towards providing health services to residents on the city's south side. The Family Health Center partnered with the City of Kalamazoo to build the clinic on a brownfield redevelopment site at the location of the former Allied Paper Company.


Image Source: MLive / Rick Chambers & Associates, LLC

Demolition of Former Kalamazoo Gazette Building

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 401 S. Burdick St.
Involved Parties: Bronson Healthcare Group, CSM Group (CM)
Status: Demolition completed April 2017
Summary: Demolition of more than half of the 131,000 SF+ structure that was formerly the home of the Kalamazoo Gazette. The property was bought by Bronson Healthcare Group in 2015 with goals to increase its downtown Kalamazoo footprint. The original portion of the structure was built in 1925 and was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn. This portion is being preserved. New construction will include lab space and other functions.


Image: Former Kalamazoo Gazette Building, undergoing demolition (photo date 3/22/17)
Image Source: My own photo

Kelvin & Company

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 232 E Michigan Ave
Involved Parties: Kelvin & Company
Status: Completed Spring, 2017
Summary: Kalamazoo's first fast-service BBQ restaurant, featuring Urban BBQ & Casual Meats.


Image Source: Google Maps

Walnut & Park Coffee Shop

Construction Cost: $500,000
Location: 322 W. Walnut St.
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo KPEP
Status: Completed March, 2017
Summary: A new 1,300 SF coffee shop and cafe; part of the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program that will offer solid employment for men and women who are participants in KPEP's culinary arts program.


Image: Walnut & Park Coffee Shop Exterior
Image Source: MLive

Zeigler Motorsports Dealership & Entertainment Facility

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 5001 Park Circle Drive
Involved Parties: Zeigler Motorsports, Millennium Restaurant Group
Status: Completed March, 2017
Summary: A new 50-acre facility, featuring a 30-ft mountain and waterfall, birch trees, a 300 sq-ft. video wall, 36 motorcycles suspended from the ceiling, and a Tap House Restaurant & Bar, further solidifying Zeigler's standing as one of the largest motorsports dealers in the nation.


Image: New Zeigler Motorsports Showroom
Image Source: PR Web

Fuze Kitchen & Bar

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 214 E Michigan Ave
Involved Parties: Fuze Kitchen & Bar
Status: Completed Winter 2016 / 2017
Summary: A new dining venue in downtown Kalamazoo that features an open kitchen and bar, evolving seasonal menus, fresh ingredients, and a funky atmosphere.


Image Source: Fuzekzoo.com

Nova Virtual Reality Arcade

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 806 S Westnedge Ave (Vine Neighborhood)
Involved Parties: Nova VR
Status: Completed December, 2016

Summary: Interior fit-out of an existing structure to house a new virtual reality arcade in the eclectic Vine Neighborhood.


Image: Exterior View, along S. Westnedge
Image Source: MLive


Kalamazoo County Criminal Justice Complex / Family Court Building

Construction Cost: $24 million
Location: 1536 Gull Road
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo County, HOK / Tower Pinkster (Architect), AVB (CM)
Status: Completed Winter, 2016
Summary: A new three-story, 82,000 SF Criminal Justice Complex built to consolidate all family court functions for the entire county.


Image: Criminal Justice Complex, Exterior
Image Source: AVB, Inc

Family & Children Services Expansion

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 1608 Lake St.
Involved Parties: Family & Children Services, Kingscott Associates (Architect), Miller-Davis (CM)
Status: Completed November, 2016
Summary: Two-story, 14,000 SF addition to Family & Children Services' Kalamazoo facility, marking the largest building project in the organization's 100+ year history. Family & Children Services provides services in youth development and counseling for children and families. The new addition is dedicated to services that support foster children and their foster families.


Image: Family & Children Services - Exterior - Front
Image Source: KAI

Kalamazoo College Fitness and Wellness Center

Construction Cost: $8.7 Million
Location: Corner of Catherine and Academy Sts.
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo College, TMP Architecture, Owen-Ames-Kimball (CM)
Status: Completed October 2016
Summary: Two-story, 33,000 SF facility that was a renovation / addition to an existing building - dedicated to campus health and wellness.


Image: Front Entrance
Image Source: OAK

KVCC Culinary Arts and Allied Health Building

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 418 E Walnut St
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Bronson Healthcare Group, DEQ, EPA, Tower Pinkster (Architect), CSM Group (CM)
Status: Completed Fall, 2016
Summary: Part of the KVCC / Bronson Healthy Living Campus Development. A 75,000 SF building to house Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s new Food and Health Studies programs.


Image: Exterior View of the new building
Image Source: Tower Pinkster /

KVCC Food Innovation Building

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 418 E Walnut St
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Bronson Healthcare Group, DEQ, EPA, Tower Pinkster (Architect), CSM Group (CM)
Status: Completed Fall, 2016
Summary: One of three buildings within the new Bronson Healthy Living Campus development in downtown Kalamazoo, the new 16,500 SF Food Innovation Building responds to the rising trend of simulation within the academic environment and promotes wellness while increasing community access to healthy food and nutrition.


Image: KVCC Food Innovation Building exterior
Image Source: Tower Pinkster

Bell's Brewery Expansion

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: Comstock
Involved Parties: Bell's Brewery Inc, Byce & Associates (Architects / Engineers), Walbridge (CM)
Status: Completed Fall, 2016
Summary: Multiple phased projects to expand facilities. The most recent project included a $50 million, 200,000 SF facility expansion to add a new packaging / bottling hall, a warehouse logistics center, a point-of-sale warehouse, new offices and employee areas, an 800 barrel fermentation addition, and a Two Hearted fermentation addition . The expansion allowed production to increase from 800,000 barrels per year to 1,000,000 barrels.


Image: Exterior View
Image Source: Byce

The Depot

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 300 E Water Street
Involved Parties: PlazaCorp, Hopcat, Cherry Tree Financial, Maru Sushi
Status: Completed Fall, 2016
Summary: Project involved the restoration of a 1920's-era train depot to create over 13,000 SF of space for a financial institution and two restaurants, including the 11th HopCat location with over 100 beers on tap.


Image: The Depot, Exterior

Milwood Elementary School Renovations / Additions

Construction Cost: $5.5 Million
Location: 3400 Lovers Lane
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo Public Schools, Tower Pinkster (Architect), CSM Group (CM)
Status: Completed Fall, 2016
Summary: Updates and addition to Milwood Elementary, including 39,365 SF in renovations and 26,700 SF in additions.


Image: Milwood Elementary School, exterior
Image Source: Tower Pinkster

Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center

Construction Cost: $36 Million
Location: 4717 Campus Drive (Main Campus)
Involved Parties: Western Michigan University, Bakergroup / SGJJR Architects
Status: Completed Fall, 2016
Summary: 61,000 SF facility featuring 9 micro restaurants with seating capacity for 1,000.


Image Source: MLive

Consumers Energy Solar Gardens, WMU Business Technology & Research Park

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 4601 Campus Drive (Parkview Campus)
Involved Parties: Western Michigan University, Consumers Energy
Status: Completed August, 2016
Summary: 8.5 acres, 1-megawatt solar power plant at Western's BTR Park. This marks Consumers' second large-scale solar project in Michigan, the first being a 3-megawatt plant at Grand Valley State University that opened in April.


Image Source: MLive

Walbridge Common Apartments

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 714 Walbridge St. (River's Edge Neighborhood)
Involved Parties: NoMi (Developers)
Status: Completed Summer, 2016
Summary: 48 apartments and a restaurant in a renovated, 34,000 SF warehouse built in 1924, located in the northeast Kalamazoo River’s Edge District.


Image Source: River's Edge District

Western Michigan University WMed Innovation Center

Construction Cost: $12.5 Million
Location: 4717 Campus Drive (Parkview Campus)
Involved Parties: Western Michigan University, URS Corp. (Architect), AVB, Inc. (CM)
Status: Completed 2016
Summary: Located on Western's Parkview Campus, this 69,000 SF building is designed to be an incubator for ventures in life science, technology, and engineering. Estimated construction cost was $12.5 million.


Image: Exterior view
Image Source: AVB, Inc.

Western Michigan University - Heritage Hall Alumni Center / Former East Hall Renovation

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: WMU East Campus, Prospect Hill
Involved Parties: Western Michigan University, Tower Pinkster (Architect), Hopkins Burns Design Studio, Ann Arbor (Preservation Architect)
Status: Completed Fall, 2015
Summary: This structure, one of the original of the university, was designed by John Charles Olmsted and Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr. (sons of famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted Sr) and constructed in 1903. The repurposing of the building into an Alumni Center involved partial demolition of two wing additions, as well as demolition of several surrounding structures, also original to the campus (West Hall, Speech and Hearing Building, and North Hall). bout 34,000 SF of the structure was retained.


Image Source: Tower Pinkster

2700 West - Student Housing

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location 2700 W Michigan Ave.
Involved Parties: Byce & Associates (Architect / Engineer), Cornerstone Construction Management (CM), Main Street Properties (Property Manager)
Status: Completed August, 2015
Summary: A 4 story, 62,000 SF, student-oriented apartment complex with ground floor retail. Features 35 apartment units and intends to establish a sense of place by creating a street wall presence.


Image Source: Byce & Associates

Principle Food & Drink

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 230 S Kalamazoo Mall
Involved Parties: Principle Food & Drink
Status: Completed August, 2015
Summary: Founded to promote ingredients from the local farm community with craft cocktails in a comfortable space downtown.


Image Source: Principlekzoo.com

Landscape Forms - Powder Coat Finishing Facility

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: Midlink Office Park
Involved Parties: Landscape Forms, Eckert Wordell (Architect)
Status: Completed 2015
Summary: 166,000 SF renovation to create a new powder coat finishing facility, offices, and employee space for this industry leader in site furnishings and outdoor LED lighting.


Image: Employee Break Area
Image Source: Eckert Wordell

Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: Bronson Healthy Living Campus
Involved Parties: City of Kalamazoo, Bronson Healthcare Group, Eckert Wordell (Architect)
Status: Completed 2015
Summary: 17,000 SF facility, part of the new Bronson Healthy Living Campus, where guiding principles address issues of nutrition, mental and physical health, sustainability, and social concerns.


Image Source: Eckert Wordell

Montessori School of the Kalamazoo Area

Construction Cost: $1 Million
Location: 750 Howard St
Involved Parties: Diekema Hamman (Architect), AVB, Inc. (CM),
Status: Completed September, 2014
Summary: Renovation & addition to the existing Montessori school in Kalamazoo.


Image Source: Diekema Hamman

Norbridge Building

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 510 E. Butler Ct. (River's Edge Neighborhood)
Involved Parties: NoMi (Developer)
Status: Completed 2014
Summary: Norbridge was completed in 2014 as a multi-use building featuring one 8,000 square foot office space and five loft style apartments. Part of the larger reinvestment occurring in the east end.


Image Source: River's Edge District


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Construction Cost: $57.5 Million
Location: 300 Portage St
Involved Parties: Western Michigan University, The S/L/A/M Collaborative (Architect), Walbridge (CM)
Status: Completed 2014
Summary: Renovation and addition to a former pharmaceutical research building downtown, 350,000 SF project to create a new home for WMU's School of Medicine.


Image: Exterior, Night
Image Source: Architect Magazine

Peregrine Plaza

Construction Cost: Unkown
Location: 336 S Kalamazoo Mall (Corner of E South St & South Burdick St)
Involved Parties: Peregrine Properties, MLive, Various Tenants
Status: Completed 2014
Summary: A mixed use renovation & development to bring commercial space and 14 residential units to the heart of downtown. The first floor is the new home of the Kalamazoo Gazette / MLive, along with an art gallery, a yoga center, and other retail establishments.


Image: Pergrine Plaza Exterior
Image Source: Peregrine Company

Washington Writers' Academy

Construction Cost: $10.7 Million
Location: 1919 Portage Rd
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo Public Schools, Tower Pinkster (Architect), CSM Group (CM)
Status: Completed 2014
Summary: Construction of a new K-5 school building that integrates parts of the historic original structure into the new design.


Image: Exterior View
Image Source: CSM Group


Orrin B. Hayes Mercedes Benz Dealership

Construction Cost: $1.2 Million
Location: 543 W Michigan Ave
Involved Parties: Orrin B. Hayes, AVB, Inc. (CM)
Status: Completed 2014
Summary: A new 5,000 SF showroom anchors this project, which included extensive renovations to an existing building.


Image: New Showroom, exterior
Image Source: AVB, Inc,

Arcadia Brewing Company / Arcadia Ales

Construction Cost: $3.2 Million
Location: 701 E Michigan Ave
Involved Parties: Arcadia Brewing Company, AVB, Inc. (CM)
Status: Completed Spring 2014
Summary: Arcadia Ales opened a new 30,000 SF facility capable of producing up to 21,000 barrels a year in 2014. The facility features a full commercial kitchen and open concept restaurant and bar with outdoor seating. It is adjacent to the Kalamazoo River; kayakers can take their kayak right up to the river's edge, and dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.


Image; Exterior by night
Image Source: AVB, Inc.

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Construction Cost: $5 Million
Location: Academy St, Kalamazoo College
Involved Parties: Kalamazoo College, Miller-Davis (CM), Studio Gang (Architect)
Status: Completed 2014
Summary: This 10,000 SF hub for advancing social justice packs a lot of design into a small area. The Center was developed to promote and sustain leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice, and features 'wood masonry' technology to create a low-tech, high-performance exterior façade.


Image Source: Studio Gang

HARK Orchids, L.P. New Company Headquarters

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 5301 Park Circle Dr.
Involved Parties: Hark Orchids, L.P., CSM Group (CM)
Status: Completed July, 2013
Summary: A new 35,000 SF headquarters in the Midlink Business Park for Hark Orchids, a company established in 1904 that deals in the hybridization, cultivation, and propagation of orchids.


Image: HARK Orchids Exterior
Image Source: CSM Group

Radisson Plaza Hotel Renovations

Construction Cost: Unknown
Location: 100 W. Michigan Ave.
Involved Parties: Radisson, Eckert-Wordell (Architect)
Status: Completed 2012
Summary: Project included a full redesign of the lobby and registration areas, as well as renovations to guest rooms and event areas for downtown's premier hotel.


Image: Radisson Registration Lobby
Image Source: Eckert Wordell

Family Health Center of Kalamazoo - Expanded Flagship Location

Construction Cost: $8.3 Million
Location: Patterson St - Northside Neighborhood
Involved Parties: Bronson Healthcare, CSM Group (CM)
Status: Completed 2012
Summary: A 41,000 SF expansion of its existing facility, this project allowed FHC to double the number of patients it treats each year.


Image: Exterior by night
Image Source: CSM Group

Last edited by deja vu; Sep 13, 2017 at 3:30 AM. Reason: Content Update, photo links repaired
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