M Retail Solutions & Catalyst Partners
502 2nd Street Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Wolverine Building Group headed the renovation project of the two-story historic building into two office spaces for Catalyst Partners and M Retail Solutions. The existing 2,825 square foot building was renovated as well as the construction of an additional 1,125 square feet to expand the space.
A large emphasis was put on material re-use to restore as much of the original features as possible; much of the hardware, trim, doors, and existing floors were re-used. Other sustainable features include the addition of windows to meet natural light requirements, and the incorporation of geothermal heating for the building.
A great deal of time and effort was spent by the owners to make sure the proper products were selected and used. The owners utilized recycled items, such as using old aluminum bleachers to surround the entrance canopy, and saving a brick paver walk way, found during excavation for the addition, that used to be an old alleyway. Even a stair-railing was composed of used aluminum and bicycle wheels.
This facility received LEED Platinum level certification, and has the distinction of holding the highest number of LEED points of any project ever certified under the LEED 2.0 ratings system.