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YEAR IN REVIEW: 2022 West Michigan construction projects


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Children’s rehabilitation hospital

  • Location: Grand Rapids

  • Architect: TBD

  • Construction manager: TBD

  • Cost: $60 million

  • Completion: April 2026

  • Developer: Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Cornwell Health

Plans emerged in July for the state’s first free-standing children’s rehabilitation hospital, which will be located across from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s main campus at 235 Wealthy St. SE and connected to the building by a skywalk.

The facility would have 24 private inpatient rooms, outpatient treatment areas, spaces for specialized services, recreation areas for children of all ages, and a classroom for a certified teacher to help patients keep up with their schoolwork. The facility will offer more than 40 specialized rehabilitation programs.

The project team has yet to choose a construction manager and architectural firm for the project. Project bids went out to local and national firms, which the team has narrowed to four companies for a construction manager and architect, Mary Free Bed spokesperson Chris Mills told MiBiz via email.

The project is targeted for an April 2024 groundbreaking with construction expected to last for two years. The partners acknowledge the amount of work that still needs to be done before construction starts, but they are on track with the preliminary schedule, Mills said.

Mary Free Bed and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital clinicians have been meeting for more than a year to discuss services they will provide in the new hospital, Mills added. The new hospital will increase access to rehabilitation services for children, allow both hospital groups to serve more children in need of care, reduce healthcare costs, and establish a pediatric rehabilitation medical residency program.

The health systems expect 2,000 to 2,500 additional children will be able to receive rehabilitation services annually with the new hospital, Mills said.

408-unit apartment project

  • Location: Grandville

  • Architect: Ghafari Associates LLC

  • Construction manager: CD Barnes Construction

  • Cost: Not disclosed

  • Completion: TBD

  • Developer: Trilogy Real Estate

A Chicago-based developer has started construction on the 408-unit Rivertown Commons apartment project that’s transforming a 30-acre former greenhouse site at 4612 Ivanrest Ave. in Grandville. The development plans call for 12 different three-story apartment buildings and a range of amenities, including a clubhouse, dog park, fitness studio, pool, and sundeck. The market-rate units will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Eastern Kille Distillery relocation

  • Location: Plainfield Township

  • Architect: Mathison | Mathison Architects

  • Construction manager: Wolverine Building Group Inc.

  • Cost: Not disclosed

  • Completion: Spring 2023

  • Developer: Eastern Kille Distillery

Eastern Kille Distillery is breaking ground this month on its new facility in Plainfield Charter Township, where the spirits maker will relocate from Grand Rapids. The 16-acre property on Childsdale Avenue along the White Pine Trail will feature a 10,360-square-foot distillery, a separate 4,144-square-foot tasting room with food service, and an outdoor cocktail garden with space for live music and fire pits.

Eastern Kille signed a lease extension at its current Monroe North location, where it will be able to continue operating its production and tasting room until Sept. 30, 2023. The distillery came up against some delays in the design stage for its new location but expects to be open along White Pine Trail by Labor Day next year.

“We’re excited to be close to breaking ground,” Eastern Kille co-owner Brandon Voorhees told MiBiz. “Everything is finalized, so now it’s time to move forward and see some progress on the building front.”

Lake Macatawa waterfront

  • Location: Holland

  • Architect: TBD

  • Construction manager: TBD

  • Cost: TBD

  • Completion: TBD

  • Developer: Geenen DeKock Properties Group LLC

In early 2022, Holland city officials started reviewing the sole proposal from Geenen DeKock Property Group LLC (GDK) to redevelop the Lake Macatawa waterfront with four residential buildings with 108 units and covered ground-floor parking, a 50-room hotel, a marina with private and transient slips, restaurants, and a docking area for cruise ships. GDK would acquire the 17-acre property of the former James DeYoung power plant and then execute a land swap with Verplank Dock Co., which operates just west along Lake Macatawa. Holland City Manager Keith Van Beek told MiBiz that the proposal will likely still be under consideration early next year.

Gun Lake Casino expansion

  • Location: Wayland

  • Architect: HBG Design

  • Construction manager: Clark Construction Co.

  • Cost: $300 million

  • Completion: 2025

  • Developer: Gun Lake Tribe

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, is in the middle of its $300 million expansion project at Gun Lake Casino. The Phase 5 expansion will add a 15-story, 220-room, four-diamond hotel that will transform the casino into a “stay and play” operation for the first time in its history. The project also will add a striking new glass-domed multipurpose space that includes a pool and will double as an entertainment venue for concerts and shows. Executives said the new amenities will allow Gun Lake Casino to better serve the local market demand as well as broaden its reach regionally. The tribe expects the project to wrap up by mid-2025.


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