After three years in the Flat Iron Building, Smith Haughey decided to expand its office space into the Ledyard Building. The build-out project includes an additional 4,100 square feet on the third floor of the Ledyard Building. The expansion adds five attorney offices, three professional offices, eight staff work stations, three conference rooms, a nursing mother’s room, and additional file storage areas. With the help of Wolverine Building Group, Smith Haughey was able to begin construction as of July 2013 and move-in September 2013.
In 2008, Locus Development obtained the Historic Ledyard Block of three buildings in the heart of downtown. The Flat Iron Building is a nationally registered historic building and was built around 1860, the oldest building on Monroe Center. “The charm is there, but it will take some intricate rehabilitation to upgrade the buildings to modern standards,” said John Green, co-founder of the company. Partner Andy Winkel added in a prepared statement, “Our goal is to rehabilitate these functionally obsolete but beautiful old buildings to further complement the vibrancy of downtown Grand Rapids.
The initial anticipated private investment was approximately $4.5 million.” Locus Development will be completing renovation to the building in November 2011. The nearly 32,000 square feet of historic rehabilitation includes the Flat Iron, Groskopfs and Herkner Buildings located at the NW corner of Monroe Center and Ottawa Avenue.
The law firm, Smith Haughey, is moving its Grand Rapids office into the Flat Iron Building (a smaller version of its New York City namesake, but with a similar triangular shape and prominent corner location) on Monroe Center, in the historic center of downtown. 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, must remain 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. Grand Rapids. The LEED commercial interior standards were adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”). The set of standards has become the de facto bar for measuring building energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.