Dr. Derek Draft fulfilled his long-time dream when he purchased and transformed a 30-year old dental practice and updated the space from top to bottom with current, state-of-the-art technology. In 2011, Dr. Draft purchased Grandville Family Dental Care and began capturing ideas for the office that he would one-day implement. In 2012 the 2,160 square foot space was completely gutted by First Companies and remodeled according to Dr. Draftâ€™s vision. Given size limitations, the team had to â€śthink outside the boxâ€ť on the best way to utilize every square inch. The ceilings were raised to open up the space and Dr. Draftâ€™s move to all digital files eliminated the need for the filing cabinets which created room for one more operatory.
â€śI loved the construction process and stopped by almost daily to check on progress. The entire process went very smooth with no major issues. Our project manager was awesome. I give him a lot of credit. The communication throughout was really good and everything was well-explained up-front so I knew what to expect.â€ť Dr. Derek Draft
In 2014, when Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak decided to move into the available space at 95 Monroe Center, they called First Companies to transform the space for their new restaurant. Â Fat Johnny’s is on the street level of a four-story building in the heart of Grand Rapids, MI. Â Formerly the Van Hoeks shoe store, the building has over 70 years of history which was preserved in the interior design. Â First Companies removed what were the shoe showroom and stockroom and eliminated a rear basement stairway to add a new bathroom and build-out a full service kitchen. The 1,800 square foot renovation included a full commercial kitchen exhaust hood with make-up air and fire suppression systems. Â The suite also includes a small office, dry storage area, walk-in freezer/cooler, kitchen prep and dish washing areas and a dining room with a large double-sided soup and salad bar. Â Given the age of the building, and the number of additions over the years, there were many different finishes and levels of flooring. Â First Companies installed a commercial wear topping layer that is engineering for thinner pours but can be sealed and finished with an epoxy to simulate a polished concrete floor. Â The unique floor required a great deal of patience as it neededÂ a full week to cure completely before it could be walked on again. Â The permit process included approvals from the Historic Commission and the Health Department as well as the City of Grand Rapids Development Center. Â All construction was completed on time and with full occupancy of the office, restaurant and retail stores adjacent to the construction area.