Ledyard Expansion Continues…

As of July 2013, Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapids office began construction into the Ledyard Building. Due to continued growth of our firm, we are adding additional offices, workstations, and storage areas onto the third floor. To read more about our expansion project, click here for our latest press release.

As construction continues, be sure to check back on this page for more video, photos, and comments. Special thanks to Wolverine Building Group for the continued support!

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Smith Haughey Expands into the Ledyard Building

Wolverine Building Group of Grand Rapids has begun the interior expansion of Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapids office into the Ledyard Building, located at 125 Ottawa NW, with a projected completion date of mid-August.

In November 2011, Smith Haughey relocated to the Flat Iron Building, Grand Rapids’ oldest commercial building. Smith Haughey also teamed with Wolverine for the initial 26,600 square foot project, which included a ground floor reception area, office space and conference rooms, and a rooftop deck. After three years in the new space, Smith Haughey has decided to expand in an effort to support continued growth.

“The new space is being constructed with the same principles as our existing space, using smaller offices and efficient workflow to maximize our productivity and maintaining the architectural integrity of the historical building,” states Lori L. Gibson, Chief Operating Officer for Smith Haughey.  “Also, we continue to follow LEED standards by reducing our environmental footprint such as using environmentally-friendly products and strategically placing office space near existing windows to promote natural lighting,” continued Gibson. “Another important LEED standard is building in a location that is in close proximity to vital community services. This build out maintains that commitment.”

The build-out project includes an additional 4,100 square feet on the third floor of the Ledyard Building. The expansion will add five attorney offices, three professional offices, eight staff work stations, three conference rooms, a nursing mother’s room, and additional file storage areas.

“As with all historic renovations, this project presents some unique challenges,” says Marcus Ringnalda, Wolverine Building Group’s project manager. “We’re creating a new connection between two unique buildings and renovating the space to maintain the same look and feel of Smith Haughey’s Flat Iron location.”

“This build out is exciting for our attorneys and staff as it strengthens our support of the downtown Grand Rapids community and our commitment as an employer to growing our local workforce,” reports Smith Haughey’s Human Resources Director, Jill A. Quillen.


Attorney Melissa Whitman Named Boss of the Year

Traverse City, Mich., – Melissa E. Whitman, a shareholder with the firm Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, was named “Boss of the Year” at the Grand Traverse Area Legal Professionals Annual Bosses Night and Recognition Banquet.

Melissa is an experienced litigation attorney in Traverse City, who practices in the areas of personal injury, plantiffs’ contingency cases, and domestic relations. Melissa serves as a devoted advocate for her clients in matter involving work related accidents, injuries to the head and spine, transportation accidents, and product liability. She continues to help families, children, and individuals through her domestic relations practice.

GR Office Gets a New Home – Nov. 21

On November 21, 2011, Smith Haughey will open its doors at 100 Monroe Center NW, otherwise known as the Flat Iron Building, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The Flat Iron Building is a nationally registered historic landmark building that was built around 1860. It is the second oldest building in Grand Rapids. Smith Haughey will occupy a main floor lobby with client entrances on Monroe Center and Ottawa Ave., as well as all of the top three floors and a roof top deck.

The office build-out and renovation combines contemporary, modern design, furnishings and lighting, with the exposed brick and timbers of the old building. The resulting loft-style workspace will be a major change from the more conventional office space the firm occupied for 30 years at the Calder Plaza Building.

In addition to LEED certification (the firm is seeking Silver or Gold status), Locus Development, Design+ Architects and Wolverine Construction, the firm’s partners on the project, remained sensitive to historic preservation requirements. Even in Grand Rapids with its many LEED buildings, the combination of a new, efficient, environmentally sensitive build out in a very old, historic building is unusual. Overall, the new location has allowed the firm to reduce its environmental footprint, streamline processes, and improve flexibility and accessibility; all of which furthers its commitment to deliver exceptional efficiency to its clients.