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Grand Slam Subs socks a homer, welcomes first customers after two years of setbacks

After two years of setbacks, and working with what the owner calls a "miniscule budget," Grand Slam Subs (600 Lake Michigan Dr. NW) has rounded the bases and crossed home plate on its feet.

Aaron Baker, owner, began the process of renovating a non-descript building on the corner of Seward Avenue NW and Lake Michigan Dr. NW way back in 2010 -- a building that sat vacant and decaying for years. Complicated zoning issues, neighborhood concerns, and a lack of funding assistance made him nearly throw up his hands in defeat.

Instead, Baker, 31, pushed forward and opened his baseball-themed Grand Slam Subs earlier this month. His enthusiasm is evident in his fast chatter punctuated with laughter.

"We have [ball] gloves and baseballs hanging from the ceiling, pictures of the old Chicago stadium, old baseball logos and graphics, and my favorite is a Babe Ruth sign that says 'Never let the fear of striking out get in your way,'" Baker says, barely taking a breath.
    
The inspirational Babe Ruth poster might well be Baker's personal motto given the number of strikeouts he had.

Baker says he met with the City of Grand Rapids and The Right Place, Inc., looking for grants or incentives to revitalize the abandoned Metrol Controls building. He says the project didn't qualify for anything. He says he also asked the Downtown Development Authority for help, but the building was just 50 or so feet outside the DDA's west boundary, which runs down the middle of Seward Avenue NW.
    
"We looked into historical grants," Baker says. "We looked into Brownfield redevelopment, economic development initiatives, SmartZones, Corridor Improvement Districts, Neighborhood Enterprise Zones, Renaissance Zones, and abatement grants. All these incentives, grant money, and financial assistance for a building and a project that should have warranted assistance and nothing was available!"

All that is in the past. Grand Slam Subs "Bull Pen, Sluggers, and Fielders" menu now offers customers a variety of fresh sub sandwiches and a veggie burger, as well as soups, salads, white chicken chili, and soft drinks.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but will stay open later when it's busy.

Source: Aaron Baker, Grand Slam Subs
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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GVSU's $40M Seidman College of Business to offer stocks trading simulation lab, opens Spring 2013

When Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business opens its new $40 million facility in May 2013, many of its students will be immersed in trading stocks and bonds using real-time data in a new state-of-the-art trading simulation classroom.

Construction of the 127,000-square-foot structure that peeks over Grand Rapids' famed US-131 "S" Curve at Front St. NW is on track. Crews have shifted from structural and façade construction to the start of interior dry walling, installing ceilings and trims, and painting, says project manager Bob Brown, GVSU's assistant director for facilities planning.

"This building will give students the types of classrooms that will help facilitate learning in the way the work world is today," Brown says. "The trading room can simulate live trading of stocks and bonds. Nine computer stations with four flat screens each will be set up with Bloomberg for live data on the market per an agreement with GVSU."

The building, which is on track for Silver LEED-NC certification, will offer a total of 15 classrooms, faculty offices, undergrad and graduate student services, faculty offices, and multipurpose meeting space. Several organizations will have offices on the main level, including the Center for Entrepreneurship, Family Business Alliance, the Van Andel Global Trade Center, and others.

The college razed a former A&P grocery warehouse to make room for the new building. Brown says the original structure was concrete, which was ground up and used in the new building's load transfer base.

"It allows us to use the existing soils as part of the foundation system," Brown says. "We put in eleven hundred Controlled Modulus Columns, then the load transfer base about four feet thick was put in, and the building's foundation sits on that. It's used heavily out east and this might be one of the first buildings in the area [to use it]."

Source: Bob Brown, Grand Valley State University
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Successful interior design firm finds welcome and opportunity in Grand Rapids, relocates from Troy

Jan Parker McCollum and her husband, Tim McCollum, were empty nesters looking for something new. So a year ago, they packed up their businesses, left the Detroit area, and moved into Boardwalk Condominiums.

The quest to find office space for her interior design company, J. Parker McCollum, Inc., concluded when Jan McCollum found a 985-square-foot loft on the third floor of the Brass Works Building, just down the street at 648 Monroe Ave. NW.

"The idea of moving was huge," McCollum says. "Tim and I both operate our own businesses (he owns LTC Consulting), but they are businesses that can be operated wherever and we didn't want to think about 'what if.' We call it a next chapter journey."

McCollum designs residential and commercial interiors, working with area builders, local furniture makers, homeowners, and business owners. The company has a full-time design assistant, two interns from Kendall College of Art & Design, and plans to bring on an office manager in the next few weeks.

"We want to be a hotbed of ideas and design," McCollum says. "My goal is to develop a great team of designers, and I'm especially interested in mentoring new designers. We're so excited to have the interns from Kendall. We include them in the design process, so as we're working on projects we get them involved in concepting, drafting, and research."

McCollum says that, coming from the east side of the state, she didn't realize there is a distinctive West Michigan culture. She's put a lot of time and energy into learning the culture and connecting with the community through groups like the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Home Repair Services.

"A lot of our focus has been learning West Michigan and understanding the market here," she says. "We really love it here."

Source: Jan Parker McCollum, J. Parker McCollum, Inc.
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Sports bar or microbrewery? Two die-hard Tigers fans put baseball spin on new Grand Rapids brewpub

Memorabilia from the Detroit Tigers, The Negro Baseball League, the Women's Baseball League, and six seats from the old Tigers' stadium give the new Mitten Brewing a distinctive theme that pairs well with hearty craft beer.

What used to be Engine House No. 9 (527 Leonard St. NW) on Grand Rapids' west side is now one of the city's newest microbreweries, headed up by lifelong friends and Grand Rapids natives Max Trierweiler and Christopher Andrus. Trierweiler and Andrus, both 32, have brewed beer together for over five years with the goal of opening a microbrewery. They brought on head brewer Rob Wanhatalo, former head brewer of The Hideout Brewing Company, to oversee production.

"Finding the right piece of property and the right vintage theme tied it all together for people like us -- baseball fans and lovers of craft beer," Andrus says. "There's nothing around here that mixes a sports bar and microbrewery."

The guys say they've spent 50 hours a week since February gutting and rebuilding the 2,700-square-foot main level to accommodate a three-barrel brewing system and taproom. They created the bar out of reclaimed lumber from the building, polished up the original firepole, added five flat-screen TVs, and installed a pizza oven and walk-in cooler. The plan is to serve six site-brewed beers when the operation is in full swing.

For Mitten Brewing's opening on October 25, the taps will flow with three beers: Peanut & Crackerjack, a robust porter brewed with natural peanut butter, and caramel and chocolate malts; a traditional German Hefeweizen wheat beer; and the pub's Mitten Hefeweizen, an American amber pale ale.

The pizza menu features pizzas created to pair with specific brews, such as, the Thai pizza with peanut sauce that pairs with the Peanut & Crackerjack beer.

"Every month, we'll designate a charity to donate a portion of our proceeds to," Trierweiler says. "For the first month, our investors chose the first round of charities, which will be the new Miracle League Field proposed in Rockford."

Hours: first two weeks, open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Beginning early Nov., Mon. - Weds. 11 a.m. to midnight; Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun. noon to midnight.

Source: Max, Trierweiler, Christopher Andrus, Mitten Brewing
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Former Heritage Hill flower shop gets new owners, new purpose

A new life with new purpose is on the horizon for a small neighborhood store that has been a flower shop since the late 1800s. The two-story building on the corner of Crescent St. NE and Union Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, was the longtime home of Crescent Street Floral and then Violet Northeast, but will soon be the new location for the real estate team of Griffin Properties.

The original building burned down in the thirties, says Griffin Properties owner Diane Griffin, and the current building was grandfathered in to always be a flower shop. After months of meetings with the Heritage Hill Association, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Grand Rapids Planning Commission, and others, Griffin says all entities approved the building's new use.

"One issue was the intensity of the business and the need for street parking by residents," Griffin says. "We agreed to add a small parking lot, tastefully, so as not to take up any street parking. I was going to be the listing agent for the building and I kept looking at it and looking at it and it just kept hitting me that this building could be for us."

Griffin will add the parking area adjacent to the building on the north. The exterior of the building, covered in distinctive green glazed tiles, will be restored. Inside, a small storage area under the windows will be removed to increase floor space and the building will get a new HVAC system, including, for the first time, central air.

Griffin Properties now operates out of 800 square feet on the corner of Fulton St. NE and Fuller Avenue NE. Griffin Properties will retain ownership of that building and might lease it or use it as extra office space.

Griffin expects to close on the building Oct. 31 and move in by early December.

Source: Diane Griffin, Griffin Properties,
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Last portion of historic Holland middle school campus renovated as state-of-the-art day center

The multi-million dollar renovation of an entire city block near downtown Holland culminates this Friday with the opening of the Day Center of Evergreen in the historic E. E. Fell Middle School (55 W. 16th St.).

The Day Center of Evergreen, part of The Commons of Evergreen, cares for senior citizens who require daytime care and social activities, especially those suffering from stroke, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease. The $1.5m renovation of the former girls' gymnasium of the middle school is the culmination of in-depth research on facility design specifically for persons with cognitive disabilities.

"It's pretty normal for people with Alzheimer's and dementia to want to leave, so this is designed with none of the windows looking back at the entrance," says Evergreen CEO Dave Knibbe. "The color palette is in calming earth tones and variations of a color so they can visibly find the restrooms and move from room to room. It feels residential, warm, and safe."

The 12,000 square feet is twice the capacity the day center had at its former location, 480 State St., and is the last building on the block bounded by W. 15th St. (north), S. River Avenue (east), W. 16th St. (south), and Pine Avenue (west) to undergo renovation.

Last October, Dwelling Place built 30 senior living apartments inside the former middle school, a $15m project. Prior to that, Jubilee Ministries renovated a former high school on the property into commercial space for nonprofits.
 
The new day center offers clients a great room with two fireplaces, an art room, music room, a kitchen where they can re-learn cooking skills, a gymnasium with exercise equipment, a game room, and more. The facility also features specialized bathing facilities, foot and hair care areas, laundry facilities, and meals.

A public open house is planned for Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.

Source: Dave Knibbe, The Commons of Evergreen
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Grand Rapids electronics recycler opens resale e-store on city's southwest side

If you're looking for a bargain in refurbished computers, laptops, audio systems, or gaming systems, Comprenew's new e-store could be your playground. The new storefront at 453 S. Division Ave. follows on the success of an established store at 1454 28th St SE.

Comprenew recycles some 300,000 lbs. of discarded electronics a month, says Marketing Director Paul Kehoe, and part of that recycling push is to refurbish and sell the 15 to 20 percent of the intake that is marketable.

"Our shelves are full," Kehoe says. "Laptops and flat screen displays are big sellers and our inventory is strong. People have upgraded their electronics to new models, and the things they recycle with us are in great condition."

Comprenew gets its recycled electronics through community and corporate recycling events and from area residents who drop off their unwanted electronics at the recycling center (629 Ionia Ave. SW). Certified repair technicians refurbish the top products for resale in both stores. The mix of inventory depends on the items recycled, and Kehoe says it can include VCRs, turntables, and vintage stereo systems.

Kehoe says the S. Division store is in a century-old building. A three-month renovation readied the space for the sale of today's electronics while maintaining the vintage atmosphere with the aged wood floors and original brick walls.

E-store hours (both locations): Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Source: Paul Kehoe, Comprenew
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Two downtown parks seek new ways to honor Grand Rapids' casualties of war

Two downtown Grand Rapids parks honoring the area's military who died in wars dating from the Civil War through Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War in Afghanistan are part of a study to determine how to upgrade the aging parks and include spaces of reverence for the war memorials there.

A steering committee comprised of residents, veterans, and city parks and recreation leaders has begun the task of assessing the condition of the landscapes and war memorials in Monument Park (northeast corner of Fulton St. and Division Avenue) and the adjacent Veterans Memorial Park (bounded by E. Fulton on the south, Park NE on the east, Library St. on the north, and Sheldon Avenue on the west).

According to steering committee chairman Christopher Reader, the project proposes to gather recommendations from monument preservation specialists, landscape designers, and the public.

"The area around the monuments is kind of like a sacred space," Reader says. "You want it to be special and different. How do you delineate between the sacred space and the public space? How do you tell the story of the conflicts that the memorials represent?"

Monument Park features a monument to the Civil War and a series of historical plaques. Veterans Memorial Park has monuments to WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Purple Heart monument, a bust of Longfellow, a bust of Grand Rapids philanthropist Thomas D. Gilbert (a driving force behind the creation of Monument Park), a fountain, a concrete plaza, and lights -- all of which are aging. Many have been vandalized.

"The community's expectation as to how those spaces may want to function in the future may look different [than when the parks were built]," says Jay Steffen, director of Grand Rapids parks and recreation.

"We want to honor the veterans," Reader says. "That's our first priority."

Public focus group meetings are planned for November. More information, including dates, locations, and progress, will be available soon on a website accessible through the city's planning department web page.

Source: Christopher Reader, Parks Steering Committee; Jay Steffen, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Fulton Group sees foreclosed homes as building blocks for Grand Rapids neighborhoods

The Fulton Group partner Josh Smith says that with the renovation of nearly 100 foreclosed homes under its belt, the company is living out its mission to "make substantial investments in deteriorating properties within the city of Grand Rapids to … make the city a better place to live."

The Fulton Group, a Grand Rapids housing renovation and property management company (928 E. Fulton St.) owned by lifelong Grand Rapidians Rob Murray, Kevin Polakovich, and Josh Smith, started five years back with a goal to buy, renovate, and lease vacant foreclosed properties. The group has two focus areas for development: East Hills/Midtown/Fulton Business District and the lower west side along Seward, Chatham, and Lake Michigan Dr. -- areas that are primarily residential, but close to downtown and public transit.

"Four or five years ago was kind of the peak of the housing market depression," Smith says. "Kevin and I, being in the mortgage/construction/real estate business, said to each other that the value of the land is worth what the houses are going for. We wanted to concentrate in specific areas around downtown Grand Rapids. We can really make an impact in these neighborhoods if we do it right."

For Smith, "do it right" means gutting every property and rebuilding so every bedroom has an adjoining bath, each unit has a laundry area, and all multi-unit properties have ample soundproofing between apartments.

Smith says a current project at 604 Chatham NW has four all-new, two-bedroom apartments that could be available in the next 30 days. The property, purchased at a Kent County tax auction in 2011, is adjacent to a foreclosed property Fulton Group already owned. Razing the foreclosed property created a parking area and green space for the multi-unit.

"In 2012, we've done 18 separate projects so far," Smith says. "We're looking to do 20 to 30 properties in 2013. Right now, we have about 20 properties that are waiting to get onto the construction schedule."

Source: Josh Smith, Fulton Group; Matt Muscat, Treadstone Mortgage
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Eyesores no more: empty buildings spur new economic energy on Michigan Street

Nearly an entire city block on Grand Rapids' Michigan St. NE is slated for a massive overhaul to transform several vacant and underused eyesores into updated medical offices, retail, and restaurants.

Third Coast Development Partners could begin renovation of the vacant Miller-Zylstra Lumber company building (833 Michigan St. NE) as early as the end of this month to transform the 11,000-square-foot space in a modern office for two doctors' groups, says Third Coast's co-owner Brad Rosely.

Rosely declines to name the groups, but says they'll move in around May 1, 2013, after the renovation adds a window wall along Michigan St., re-skins the structure with a new façade, and completely rebuilds the interior. Plans include recessing the building, which now sits tight to the sidewalk, to a 16-ft. setback.

The revamp includes a massive updating of the two-story brick building behind the lumber company (411 Houseman NE).

"It's a good, solid post and beam building that you can't duplicate anymore," Rosely says. "We have a restaurant looking at the first floor, a butcher shop looking at it, and a couple of medical users looking at the second floor. You're not going to recognize it with the new windows, new glass lobby for the second floor, and [with] a porch on it."

Rosely says the property spans the block east to west, from Houseman to Eastern Avenue NE. He projects the entire project will cost $5.6 million and could be complete by mid-2013.

An additional project to raze and renovate an old gas station on the corner of Eastern and Michigan could begin in November. That property will have a new convenience store and a car wash.

"The Michigan Street Corridor Plan had a lot of influence with our interest in this building," Rosely says. "To be able to stimulate the taxes that will last forever with this site [and] the jobs and future opportunities on the sites, these are huge benefits to the city."

Architect: Concept Design Group
Construction manager: Pioneer Construction

Source: Brad Rosely, Third Coast Development Partners
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Technology and your taste buds: Vinely takes guesswork out of buying wine

If you're not a wine connoisseur, choosing a wine from a wall of bottles can mean spending a lot of money and getting something you don't like. Cambridge, Mass.-based Vinely says it has the solution: technology.

Vinely's proprietary software, developed by Vinely owner Bill Wittenberg and MIT scientist/Redstar Ventures owner Joe Chung, gives people a fun way to find wines that suit their taste buds using feedback they provide at a Vinely wine tasting party.

At the party, guests do a blind taste test of six wines. They record their reactions to tartness, sweetness, texture, tingle, and other aspects using a five-point scale. A Vinely "pro" enters the information into the software to get each guest's personalized "wine personality": Easy Going, Whimsical, Exuberant, Moxie, Sensational, or Serendipitous.

"People have been astonished with how well we actually know their wine tastes," says Elizabeth Goede, VP of marketing. "The first step is to get your wine personality. Your next step is to place an order for six or 12 different wines, which come with a rating card and the five-point scale, to help you refine your tastes."

The parties are private, in-home or office gatherings. The cost to host a party ranges from $75 for 12 people to taste wines of $10 to $15 per bottle, up to $120 for wines ranging from $30 to $60 per bottle. A Vinely pro attends each party to guide the wine tasting and handle the feedback and results.

Although Vinely was developed in Massachusetts, the company chose to launch its startup phase in West Michigan with a soft launch in April and an official launch at MoDiv earlier this week. Vinely has 10 employees locally and a storage/shipping facility for the wines in Cascade, Goede says.

For more information or to book a party, visit Vinely's website here, or call 888-294-1128.

Source: Elizabeth Goede, Vinely; Kim Bode, 834 Design & Marketing
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Technology industry demands new skills, Davenport Univ. responds with two advanced tech programs

In response to industry and government demands for technology workers with advanced skills, Davenport University will launch two new technology degree programs in the Fall 2013 school year.

The programs -- Master of Science in Technology Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Forensics -- will prepare students for jobs that continue to open up as corporations and governments become more technology driven, says Dr. Michael Clancy, dean of Davenport University’s College of Technology.

"A new report from Hewlett-Packard and the Ponemon Institute says a cyber attack averages $8 to $9 million in damage costs," Clancy says. "Davenport sits on the Information Technology Executive Council (iTEC), which has the 18 largest companies in Michigan, so we're hearing all the challenges and problems they're having."

Clancy says that one of the problems he hears consistently is that, when people in IT are promoted to management, they don't have any management training, for example, in how to put together a departmental budget. The Masters of Science and Technology Management will fill that gap, combining technical and business education to prepare students for corporate and government IT management roles.

Digital Forensics -- preserving, analyzing and reporting on digital media, involving computers, mobile devices, memory storage and network activity -- is a "very, very techie program" that equips students to conduct in-depth investigation into cyber crimes, such as, data theft, data corruption, and the planting of viruses and worms in computers, mobile devices, memory storage and networks.

"Because Davenport University is labeled by the federal government as a Center of Academic Excellence in IT security, our graduates can move right into the NSA or Department of Homeland Security as a digital forensics specialist," Clancy says.

Interested students can apply now for classes that begin with the Fall 2013 semester.

Source: Dr. Michael Clancy, Davenport University College of Technology
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

CityFlats Hotel opens modernized 1920s ballroom, event space in downtown Grand Rapids

It's been just a year since the boutique CityFlatsHotel opened in downtown Grand Rapids' former Fox Jewelers building (83 Monroe Center NW). Now the hotel has thrown wide the doors to The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel, its new 6,000-square-foot ballroom and event space next door in the former Michigan National Bank building (77 Monroe Center NW).

The ballroom was built in the 1920s, says Katie Madonio, CityFlatsHotel's marketing coordinator, when opulence was the order of the day.

"It already had the grand staircase, marble floors and columns, beautiful vaulted ceilings, and ornate woodwork," Madonio says. "We just wanted to repurpose the space, so we re-carpeted and painted it, plus installed a full chef's kitchen and new bathrooms."

The $500,000 upgrade includes a variable LED lighting system, a sound system and two mobile flat screen televisions for events that need audio/visual support.

Rental fees include tables, chairs and linens and run from $400 for a weekday event to $2,500 for a Saturday night during the spring-summer peak wedding season, Madonio says.

All food is prepared onsite and the catering menu offers options from simple appetizers to buffets to multi-course sit-down dinners for 225 with a full service staff.

"A banquet facility always complements a hotel very nicely," Madonio says. "Being right next door to the hotel, it was a really good step for us in our growth process to expand in the city. It coordinates nicely with what we're doing at the hotel."

For more information on reserving the ballroom for an event, click here.

Source: Katie Madonio, CityFlats Hotel
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Muskegon Museum of Art caps 100 years with vision for the future

The Muskegon Museum of Art is determined to continue its 100-year legacy of bringing fine art to West Michigan and the Midwest. To that end, the museum has launched the public phase of Muskegon County's largest capital campaign ever -- a $7.5 million effort to secure enough funding for the museum to build its endowment funds, establish several years of support for programming and exhibits, and to cover roof repairs and a new HVAC system for the museum's century-old building (296 W. Webster).

"This museum is perceived as a regional asset and is a testament to the people in the region who understand the value of art and an art community," says Executive Director Judith Hayner. "The Muskegon board of education's stewardship for 100 years has been nothing short of remarkable."

The museum hosts over 30,000 visitors a year and has 6,000 works of art dating from the 13th century to today, including American, European and African-American paintings and sculptures, plus a collection of contemporary studio glass. Nearly 120 pieces were donated for the 100th anniversary.

Hayner says the museum was the "first and only museum in America in a town of 30,000 or less built expressly to hold art" thanks to $150,000 Muskegon pioneer Charles Hackley provisioned in his will to buy "pictures of the best kind." In 1912, the school board decided to construct a place to house them. Since then, the Muskegon Museum of Art has been under the purview of the Muskegon Public Schools' Board of Education, which will end in 2014 when the museum becomes an independent nonprofit.

"The campaign is the center part of our planning (toward the separation) to make sure we have more resources underneath us going forward," Hayner says.

Thus far, the campaign has raised $5.72 million. To learn more about the fundraising campaign, click here.

Source: Judith Hayner, Muskegon Museum of Art
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Flourishing Coopersville technology company doubles size of its HQ

Since 2007, Coopersville-based IT Resource has grown from 10 employees to 22, and has additional job openings. That growth made it necessary for the 12-year-old company to expand its 3,100 square feet to over twice that size to accommodate more employee workspace.

IT Resource bought the building at 701 W. Randall in 2007, sharing the building with Spectrum Health's MMPC and Scott Robinson, DDS. When Spectrum moved out in January, IT Resource took over that 2,200 square feet, adding space for 12 employee cubicles, a full kitchen for employees and a window-lined employee rejuvenation space.

"We're still working on 400 square feet with wrap-around windows," says Leo Reap, co-owner with Gary Lutz. "It will have a sofa, loveseat, high top tables and a flat screen TV where employees can look outside or listen to music on their iPod. It may have exercise equipment -- it's kind of an open canvas right now because haven't gotten input from everybody on what they'd like to see in there."

Reap says the kitchen includes a stove with an oven, which has been a hit with employees who like to bake treats for the office or cook their lunch. He adds that employees who live close are encouraged to ride their bikes to work, so the company installed a shower for employees who want to freshen up after their ride.

IT Resource still looks to fill a senior level Cisco-certified voice over security engineer position, and Reap says the company is always looking for the best and brightest IT technicians.

The company plans an open house for October 11.

Construction and design: David C. Bos Homes.

Source: Leo Reap, IT Resource; Andrea Snyder, StudioThreeTwenty
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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