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Michigan Works West Central

Originally “Big Rapids Bowling” or “Striketown” (below), this project was a complete overhaul of the existing building. This design/build project with Gary Gerber of Gerber Architectural, was designed as an adaptive re-use of the existing structure & materials.  Several challenges during the renovation of this building included: Removing approximately 114,000 gallons of water in the basement before the project even began, installing a new basement drainage system, and bringing city water & sewer into the building.  Approximately 84% of the existing roof structure was saved, the remainder of the roof was composed of recycled steel joists from a steel craft building.  Eight maple bowling lanes were recycled and used for window extension jambs, countertops, and wainscoating. Bowling gutters were recycled, cut in two, and used for crown molding in different areas of the building and 9,500sq.ft. of pedestal flooring was installed to level up the existing multiple level floor. The building is now the central office location for surrounding area MI Works Offices and Michigan Rehabilitative Services.