1-800-HANSONS
Grand Rapids MI

When First Companies completed the building on 40th street in Grand Rapids, 1-800-HANSONS was one of the first to move in. First Companies constructed the entire building as well as managed the build-out for 1-800-HANSONS to meet the needs of their business as well as convey their brand.  The new space has given 1-800-HANSONS 5,000 square feet with both office and warehouse space.  The staff enjoys a great training room and small kitchenette in addition to new office space and conference room.  Construction was completed in 2015 and the build-out took less than 2 months to complete.

“1-800-HANSONS was looking for perfection while choosing a company to house our business for years to come. We found it in First Companies. First Companies built the exact building that we at 1-800-HANSONS were looking for. We truly couldn’t ask for a more professional group to do business with. The entire team was incredibly easy and professional to work with. Everyone at 1-800-HANSONS could not be happier and look forward to our future together.”  Gary Sherman, General Manager

616 Lofts on Michigan
Grand Rapids MI

616 Lofts on Michigan is the most recent project completed by 616 Development and First Companies. This mixed use building is located in the Midtown neighborhood and was the first ground-up project for 616 Development, with 68,000 square feet and many new and historic amenities. The property includes 54 one and two bedroom apartments, underground parking and 9,700 square feet of retail space on the street level.

“We started construction in September of 2014, which meant pouring a significant amount of concrete during the very harsh winter. First Companies was able to collaborate with Kent Companies to work through the elements to keep the project moving forward, ensuring our completion date was not compromised. Our project manager also took the time to work with the architect, structural engineer and lumber supplier to create a solution for panelized construction that met all building and fire code requirements. This level of pre-planning not only saved us significant amounts of money, but also reduced our original project schedule. Our experience with First Companies has been delightful. They think in the position of the owner, treat subcontractors fairly, and are true partners who consistently exceed our expectations.”  Jeffrey R. Olsen, Project Director, 616 Development

Chambers Dental
Grand Rapids MI

When Dr. Chambers outgrew his original office space, he knew he needed more room for growth, but didn’t want to give up his ideal location on 28th street. Fortunately, a building across the street came available and Dr. Chambers decided to purchase it and undertake a major remodel. First Companies was recommended for the job due to their extensive experience building dental offices. The remodel took the building down to the studs and trusses, but was completed right on time. The L-shaped space gave the staff 3,400 square feet, including 8 operatories, a comfortable waiting area, front desk and business office, consulting space and a separate lab and sterilization area, server room and employee break room.

“I liked the size of First Companies and the excitement they had for the project, as well as their ideas. It just felt like a good fit to me. I had seen some of the work they did for other dentists and they took me to see other offices they had constructed. I also knew that First Companies specialized in building for dentists and I liked that they had a lot of experience in the ‘dental niche.’ The others didn’t offer the same level of expertise.” Dr. Randall Chambers