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Eye care practice settles into new building

May 10, 2017
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West Michigan Eyecare Associates interior
West Michigan Eyecare Associates is located in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy First Companies

A local optometry practice has moved into a brand-new, 11,500-square-foot building.

West Michigan Eyecare Associates recently settled into its new office in Grand Rapids, at 2112 E. Paris Ave. SE, joining a number of medical practices along the corridor.

The 66-year-old practice was previously located at 4070 Lake Dr. until it moved in February.

Owner and optometrist Gregory Ford said the building is the third location for the practice since he began practicing with his father in 1990.

West Michigan Eyecare Associates occupies about 9,000 square feet in the structure, with the remaining space available for lease.

“We’ve been watching the growth of medical businesses in the area and jumped at the opportunity to construct our own building when land became available,” Ford said.

The new office features an open, collaborative workspace for the physicians and technicians, an optical bar for pickups and adjustments to glasses and contact lenses, a 1,500-square-foot basement and comfort amenities for patients.

Firms on the project

Grand Rapids-based r2 design group served as the project's architect. FlowOne provided "workflow" and "efficiency" services.

Grand Rapids-based Custer was contracted to provide space layouts, custom interior build out and furniture and finishing selections. 

Grand Rapids-based First Companies managed all construction.

“This is the fourth building we’ve constructed in this area,” First Companies CEO Jeff Baker said.  “We believe it further demonstrates the need for class-A medical facilities along East Paris, and we have identified future development opportunities to support customer demand.”

The practice

Founded in 1951, West Michigan Eyecare Associates offers comprehensive vision exams and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, conditions and problems.

There are seven optometrists on staff, and the practice also employs four opticians and teams of ophthalmic technicians and patient service coordinators.

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