Byce & Associates, Inc. provided Architectural, Interior Design, and Engineering Services for the Restrooms and Lower Lobby Historic Renovations at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, located in Downtown Kalamazoo. The project started with an assessment of the building to determine improvements to be made. From the suggested improvements in the assessment, The Civic Theatre chose to renovate the lower lobby, two existing restrooms and add two new restrooms, which would help to ease congestion during the various shows that take place at the theatre. The restrooms renovations and additions included new historically appropriate fixtures, new wallpaper and tile flooring. The existing restrooms were updated to enhance the experience, while new restrooms were added to be ADA complaint. The lower lobby renovations included new wallpaper, re-upholstered furniture, and new carpeting in the elevator lobby and on the main staircase all the way up to the second floor atrium.
St. Augustine Cathedral School Front Office Renovations
Byce & Associates is honored to have assisted St. Augustine Cathedral School by donating our time and talent to design the remodel and renovations to the Front Offices of St. Augustine Cathedral School.
The remodel and renovations to the Front Office include expanding and updating the office and reception area to accommodate the myriad of functional requirements in the office area and to provide a new, barrier-free Restroom. The newly renovated offices provide a very functional space while aesthetically giving respectful attention back to the school’s history with a classic School House look, including new retro period furniture and fixtures.
Working collaboratively with school leadership and administration staff we developed a welcoming, vibrant space for all in the St. Augustine family. Thanks to the donors, appreciation to the volunteers and hats off to the contractors and vendors that all helped to make this great little project a big success.
The Exchange Project Begins to Rise
The Exchange, a mixed-use development, is currently being constructed in Downtown Kalamazoo. Construction started in May with the official groundbreaking ceremony and is expected to be completed in Spring of 2019. Over the past couple of months about 80% of the building’s foundation system has been installed, including 200 auger-cast piles and about 1,500 cubic yards of concrete. The foundation system consists of 6-foot thick concrete pile caps supported by (280) 60-foot deep, auger-cast piles. In the coming months, the building’s concrete columns, concrete stair towers and cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete floors will start to take shape. Find out more information about the project and construction updates here.
Progress at Stormcloud’s New Production Facility
Stormcloud Brewing Company began construction of their Production Facility Expansion in January of 2017. Currently, the exterior walls and roof are in place and awaiting the delivery of the finish materials. In the office space, piping, wiring, and duct work have been installed along with the gypsum board. Piping and wiring are being installed in the production space in preparation for the delivery of the brewing equipment this week. Metal siding, masonry veneer, aluminum curtain walls, site utilities, and all other outstanding building materials, as well as the brewing equipment, are scheduled to be delivered this week. At that time, the site will be busy with activity in an effort to have the facility fully functional around September 1, 2017.
Some images courtesy of Stormcloud Brewing Company
WMU Basketball Locker Room Renovations are Underway
Construction for the interior renovations of the Western Michigan University Men’s Basketball Locker Rooms at Read Fieldhouse is well underway. This project includes a complete demolition and renovation to the existing locker room and toilet/shower area, as well as the addition of new space for a Player’s Lounge. Demolition and preliminary construction rough-in work is substantially complete. New framing is in progress and some final finish materials are beginning to be installed. Expected completion for the renovations is set for August of 2017.
Construction is Wrapping up at Imperial Beverage
Byce & Associates, Inc. is providing architectural and engineering services for the Imperial Beverage building number 4 renovations for a tenant fit-out for Tire Wholesalers Company Inc. (TWI). Construction in the building is wrapping up and will be completed by the end of July 2017. TWI will be leasing the 154,000-square foot space for the shipping and receiving of tires as a wholesaler.
For a complete description of the project visit http://byce.com/project/imperial-beverage-building-renovation/
Keith Martinez, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C
What have you done the last 4 years you have worked here?
I have been learning constantly since I started at Byce four years ago. I came in with a bit of internship experience and turned it into the ability to design an electrical system for a variety of situations, complying with all necessary codes and standards. I have played a key role in the electrical design for Newell Rubbermaid, Stryker Quad II Office Space, 2700 West Mixed-Use Development, Livingston County Jail Addition, Bell’s Brewery Expansion, and The Exchange. I also developed the Byce electrical standards for our Revit system. This includes creating many 3D electrical components which can be implemented into any of our building models.
How have you improved?
I started at Byce with 10 months of internship experience in this A+E industry. Through the last 4 years I have gained a good understanding of the codes and standards required for good electrical design including NEC Electrical Code requirements, NFPA Fire Code, and IES Lighting Standards. I have also learned how to create and model an electrical design in 3D using Revit. I can now build 3D components for the building model, add electrical characteristics to them, connect them to power circuits, and have total loads reported and scheduled for modeled power distribution equipment.
What made you choose your profession?
I was drawn to the engineering field because I have always enjoyed figuring out how everything works. I’ve always been that person to take things apart and see if I can put it back together again. I really enjoyed my math and science courses in school. After taking Physics II at WMU (this is the first course I got a real taste of learning about how electricity works) I found the electrical field was very cool and fun to learn about. I really like working in the building design and construction industry. It is awesome to see the projects you work on become a major part of the city you live in and impact the lives of people around you.
What is the most “challenging” thing you do at work?
Some of the most challenging work we do here is working with existing buildings for renovations and additions. To start a renovation project, you really need to dig in and do a thorough investigation into how the building works and how all its systems got to be how they are today. This is not always clear from the beginning.
What is the most “exciting” thing you do at work?
It is very exciting to see our projects come to life in the real world. When construction begins and you can see the project start to take shape. The community and the area around the project is starting to transform and that is very cool to see.
What is your greatest accomplishment within electrical engineering?
Becoming a professional engineer has been a long process. Getting the certification feels like a significant milestone, but the learning I have done along the way is the real accomplishment. I can now take a proposed architectural design and create a power system infrastructure to support the project. This could not be said four years ago.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
One of my favorite projects I have worked on is the 2700 West Mixed-Use Development. Being a Western Michigan University alum I can really understand the impact this has on the students living off campus. It has really changed how the area looks and operates.
What is a project you found to be most challenging to work on?
The Park Club renovations have been some of the most challenging to work on. The building has been changing over a very long time so it is difficult to track down how the whole place really works.
What do you do to enhance a project?
I enhance a project by taking pride in my work. It is a lot easier to come up with a solution that ‘just works’, opposed to the ‘best’ solution. After the project is complete, it will be standing for a long time. I would like to be proud to say ‘I worked on that’ as I walk by for years to come. Creating a 3D model using Revit has really helped visualize a project during the design phase. Additionally, the phrase ‘design matters’ is a big part of what we do to enhance the project and I try to follow this throughout the process. Sure a system can be simply placed in the space to make it work, but is it really the best way the problem can be solved and is it the best way to integrate it into the rest of the project?
What professional service organization(s) are you currently involved in?
I am currently a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
How do you foresee your involvement growing in the organization(s)?
Someday I would like to present a project for their annual Lighting Design Awards.
What leadership roles have you taken on, if any, in the professional service organization(s)?
I have studied the standards and recommended practices created by the society to become a certified lighting designer (LC).
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
When I am not working I like to travel and do outdoor activities. Every summer I visit the family cottage up in northern Michigan where we spend time on the lake, grill lots of great food, cruise the trails on dirt bikes, and sit around the bonfire. I have also become an avid home brewer and have brewed many successful batches of craft beer.
Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
I would rather have more work I am proud to be a part of.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
What’s on your bucket list?
Visit all the national parks.
We are honored to be a recipient of the 2017 When Work Works Award for the second consecutive year! The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs. We want to thank our employees, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Families and Work Institute.
Byce & Associates, Inc. is honored to have designed and engineered the Exchange Building, a 15-story mixed-use development that will be located in downtown Kalamazoo, that has begun its long awaited construction. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 12th where Greg Taylor of Phoenix Properties, and Jeff Nicholson, Andy Wenzel, and Archie Leach of PlazaCorp Realty Advisors, Inc., along with state and local officials, lenders, major tenants like Chemical Bank and many others attended. They all conveyed their excitement for the project and positive economic and community impact for downtown Kalamazoo. Orion Construction is on site with the construction duration for the Exchange expected to take about 2 years and be ready for occupants in spring of 2019.
Be sure to check out our website or social media for more information and continuous updates of the construction: http://byce.com/project/the-exchange/
For leasing information: http://www.kalamazooexchange.com/
The Afro-Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a program designed to recruit, stimulate and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The NAACP ACT-SO Competition, hosted by Mt. Zion Baptist Church, took place over the weekend which included 29 competitions in science, technology, engineering, math, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Two Byce & Associates, Inc. employees, Michael Flynn, AIA, and Hayward Babineaux, Assoc. AIA, participated as judges for two architectural projects submitted by Jomaun Willhite of Kalamazoo Central High School and Krianna Perry of Portage Central High School. The two students, both under the tutelage of Mr. Marvin Gage at Kalamazoo Central’s Education for Employment (EFE) Program presented their respective projects which included floor plans, elevations, building sections, and precedent studies. The projects were judged with an opportunity to compete within the national competition to receive scholarships and prizes for college.
MRCC Union Hall and Apprentice Training Center
Byce & Associates, Inc. is honored to provide Architectural and Engineering services for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) Union Hall and Apprentice Training Center in Wayland, Michigan. The new facility will help to provide extensive training in state-of-the-art techniques, processes, education and equipment, and certifications necessary to help build high quality, diverse projects, large and small. The MRCC and Millwrights represents 14,000 carpenters and millwrights across the state of Michigan.
The new facility will be constructed on an undeveloped 19 acres, with 7 acres poised for future development. The facility will consist of two wings flanking a central circulation gallery, one, as the Training Center and the other as the Union Hall and Support Services. The building is designed with two “fronts,” one, as the main entry and one looking west out to US 131.
The 40,000 square foot Training Center will include five teaching classrooms for instructor led and web based instruction, and six vocational learning labs for hands-on learning. The vocational instruction includes a Welding Lab with twenty-four welding booths, a Flooring Lab with eight installation mock-up bays, a Millwright Alignment Lab, a Concrete Forming Sand Pit, and two carpentry labs for multiple trade specific mock-up areas. The Training Center anticipates to serve an average of 125 apprentices per year upon completion in the fall of 2018, with room for future growth.
The Union Hall will be the West Michigan base of operation for the MRCC. The facility will provide general office and records storage for the day-to-day operations of the organization and feature a dedicated Strategy Team Room for short and long-term organizational planning.
The highlight of the facility will be the central Gallery. The Gallery will be the “front door” to the facility and act as a “connector” in many ways. Apprentices will be able to connect with seasoned members on a social level through various events planned for the facility’s Large Meeting Hall, the Union will be able to connect to the general public and prospective members in the Marketing Board Room, and young people will be able to connect to industry leaders through the Recruitment Room and Career Day Events to be set up in the general gallery hall. The Large Meeting Room is equipped to be rented out to union members as a first rate banquet facility.
Extending through the facility and stretching toward US Highway 131, the Gallery will become the visual signature of the organization to the passer by, and will feature exposed timber framed structural systems, wood trim and cladding, and high end drywall finishes to highlight the skills of the union carpenter
Thank you to all the of American Institute of Architects, Southwest Michigan members, the individuals and firms, that contributed their time and talents to the City of Kalamazoo, DKI, sponsored Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Downtown Workshop. It was a great event showcasing the care, concern and initiative of our community to help enhance the quality of life, sense of place, feeling of pride, and adding to the dynamic vibrancy of Kalamazoo.
For more information on the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Workshop, check out this article from MLive: Kalamazoo mayor wants big dreams to transform community spaces
The Lee Paper Mill, aka, the Vicksburg Mill, built in 1904, is one of the few remaining, iconic mill structures that reflects the legacy of the Kalamazoo Valley Paper Industry, once a world leader in paper production. Paper City Development, LLC. purchased the property and is creating a life style destination, mixed-use development that ensures its legacy continues in the Vicksburg Community. The goal is for the Mill to once again be an integrated part of the community and provide local quality of life, jobs and entertainment, yet become a destination for those people around Michigan, the country, and beyond who are seeking a wonderful and unique experience. This mixed-use development, upon completion, could have spaces available for retail, interpretive museums, restaurants, higher education research, craft breweries, large indoor and outdoor event venues, artisan makers, and residential lofts apartments with a unique hotel and hospitality experience.
The master plan for this project was developed to meet objectives that included celebrating the legacy of the locale, from the earliest grist mills to the former paper mill to its current incarnation of the Mill and its role in the paper production industry, respecting the natural and built elements of the Mill property, inspire a sense of place, inquiry, discovery, and entertainment providing a rich, memorable experience.
Byce & Associates, Inc. is providing Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering services for the Vicksburg Mill Redevelopment. We are partnered with Robert Darvas Associates, providing Structural Engineering, Hopkins Burns Design Studio and Integrated Design Solutions, providing Architecture, and Johnson Hills Land Ethics Studio, providing Landscape Architecture. The Construction Manager of the project is Frederick Construction.