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Architecture firm wins statewide Design Award

June 5, 2014
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Contractor HQ wins Design Award
A look inside Rockford Construction’s headquarters in northwest Grand Rapids. Photo via aiami.com

A project by a local architecture firm is so well designed that it’s won a top award from a statewide group of architects.

Northwest side

The American Institute of Architects Michigan said last month that Rockford Construction’s renovated 38,000-square-foot space in Grand Rapids has been named one of the nine Michigan buildings that will receive a Design Award for design excellence.

Integrated Architecture in Grand Rapids served as the architect for the project, at 601 First St. NW.

The institute said that Integrated Architecture will receive the award in the building category on Saturday at its annual Design Awards celebration at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing.

Rockford Construction moved into the $4.7-million building last fall.

The building is topped off by a green roof that covers about 3,300 square feet and contains a variety of plants, perennials and grasses.

Jury review

The jury comment on the space referred to it as a “stunningly good example of a transformative renovation.”

“The result contains the character of the original structures, while injecting them with new purposes, spaces and finishes to catalyze them," the jury said. "The project immediately rejuvenates its corner location, improving the streetscape around its perimeter. The planning and architecture work seamlessly, with open offices pushed to the perimeter, sharing views and daylight that are augmented by skylights and rooftop gardens. The material palette is spare, particularly energized by the contrast of the recycled ash flooring and walls, white structure and ceilings and several shades of green that show up in the furniture, the ‘Hollow’ (multi-purpose lounge) and the captured views to the verdant cityscape and gardens.”

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