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Smith Haughey expands downtown

July 16, 2013
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Smith Haughey expands into Ledyard Building
Smith Haughey’s build out of 4,100 square feet on the third floor of the Ledyard Building in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Smith Haughey

The law firm Smith Haughey is expanding its footprint in downtown Grand Rapids.

The firm has begun to build out the third floor of the Ledyard Building, at 125 Ottawa Ave. NW.

The project by Grand Rapids-based Wolverine Building Group includes an additional 4,100 square feet: five attorney offices, three professional offices, eight staff workstations, three conference rooms, a nursing mother’s room and additional file storage areas.

The project should be completed by mid August.


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Connecting buildings

The expansion follows the 2011 relocation of the Smith Haughey offices to the Flat Iron Building downtown, which will be connected to the Ledyard Building space. 

Smith Haughey also teamed with Wolverine Building Group for the initial 26,600-square-foot project, which included a ground floor reception area, office space, conference rooms and a rooftop deck.

“As with all historic renovations, this project presents some unique challenges,” said Marcus Ringnalda, Wolverine Building Group project manager. “We’re creating a new connection between two unique buildings and renovating the space to maintain the same look and feel of Smith Haughey’s Flat Iron location.”

After three years in the Flat Iron space, Smith Haughey said it decided to expand in an effort to support its continued growth.

“The new space is being constructed with the same principles as our existing space, using smaller offices and efficient workflow to maximize our productivity and maintaining the architectural integrity of the historical building,” said Lori Gibson, operating officer for Smith Haughey.

LEED

The project also will incorporate LEED standards, such as using environmentally friendly products and strategically placing office space near existing windows to promote natural lighting, in an effort to reduce the firm’s environmental footprint.

“Another important LEED standard is building in a location that is in close proximity to vital community services,” Gibson said. “This build out maintains that commitment.”

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