Wolverine Awarded for Excellence in Construction with Dwelling Place’s Suroeste Brilliante

Wolverine Update

By Kate Klemp October 4, 2021


Wolverine Building Group has been recognized by the regional trade group, Associated Builders and Contractors West Michigan (ABCWM) Chapter with the award for Excellence in Construction for new construction $5 million to $10 million for the Suroeste Brilliante multi-family project in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“This project was rewarding in many ways because of the team with whom we collaborated,” commented Drew Sorenson, Project Manager for Wolverine. “Working with Dwelling Place to create affordable homes, improve the Roosevelt Park neighborhood and getting to know the area non-profits helped us live into our purpose to positively impact people and communities.”

The awards were handed out at the ABCWM annual ceremony held on September 16 with hundreds of construction professionals present for the event.

The Dwelling Place is a repeat client for Wolverine Building Group, as this is the seventh recent project for the non-profit that creates quality, affordable housing, provides support services, and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.

Wolverine Building Group constructed the Suroeste Brilliante and its sister building Avenida Brillante Apartments for Dwelling Place as part of the Plaza Roosevelt neighborhood revitalization. Part of a shared effort by Habitat for Humanity, Dwelling Place, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Health System, and Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS), the development expands economic opportunities, affordable housing, healthcare, and education for the community.

Suroeste Brillante is 40,500 sq. ft. and Avenida Brilliante is 50,000 sq. ft. of new construction, each with 24 two- and three-bedroom apartments. Each building has community gathering space, garage parking with elevator access, and plaza greenspace.

This project carried the added logistical challenge of coordinating with other construction projects in close proximity. Habitat for Humanity and and GRPS had active projects on adjacent sites that required additional communication and scheduling. The Wolverine team embedded itself with community organizations to develop healthy relationships before, during and after construction.

“We understand we are an extension of our client’s mission, representing the project’s value and Dwelling Place’s vision for the neighborhood,” stated Wolverine’s President and Co-Owner Aaron Jonker. “We look forward to our next project with Dwelling Place and their partners.”

Founded in 1939, Wolverine Building Group is one of West Michigan’s most trusted and experienced construction companies. With 150+ employees, Wolverine specializes in industrial, multi-unit residential, health care, office, restaurant, and retail construction. Wolverine is nationally recognized as one of the top leaders in the construction industry and has recently made the ENR Top 400 Construction Firm list.