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The Bazzani Associates Headquarters (Helmus Building) is located at 959 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506; 616.774.2002; See the case study from Bazzani Associates and Urban Catalyst Associates. Read the April 2006 Grand Reuse by Kim A. O’Connell in Eco-Structure Magazine.

Learn about Carlisle SynTec in The Greenroof and Greenwall Directory.

“Built in 1918, the Helmus Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was a dry storage warehouse for most of its life. After going vacant and falling into a state of disrepair, much like the surrounding neighborhood, Guy Bazzani purchased the building in 1999. Bazzani bought the Helmus Building not only for its redevelopment potential, but because of his commitment to the local community.

“The Helmus Building is more than just energy and water efficient. Under its one roof, the building mixes residential, commercial, and retail uses. Sustainable materials – including low-VOC paints, recycled carpeting, and recycled content ceiling pads – were used throughout the renovation. Most important, this project affected more than Bazzani Associates and its customers; the renovation of the Helmus Building sparked the revitalization of the surrounding community,” (Urban Catalyst Associates, 2005).

A green roof from Carlisle SynTec created new usable space for occupants. The first building in Grand Rapids to be certified, Bazzani Associates Headquarters (Helmus Building) achieved LEED-NC Silver certification. Awards include:

• Best Exterior Renovation, Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission
• Outstanding Commercial Historic Preservation, City of Grand Rapids
• NBA Award (Neighborhood Business Alliance) for Best Façade
• Certificate of Excellence for Best Reuse of a Building
• 2003 Outstanding Historic Preservation Project Award
• 2003 Outstanding Historic Preservation Volunteer Award.


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