2021 Newsmaker: Mike VanGessel


Mike VanGessel


Rockford Construction

Rockford Construction wrapped up several projects in 2021 while also kicking off some new ones.

The construction company completed a $40 million renovation of the glass tower at the Amway Grand Plaza. The renovation included the replacement of the glass exterior of the building.

Rockford Construction CEO Mike VanGessel and his team finalized the 7-story, 205,000-square-foot Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. Bold Advanced Medical Future (BAMF) Health, an artificial intelligence-enabled precision medicine company, broke ground on its new North American headquarters at Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park last year. 

BAMF’s headquarters will be located inside the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. It will be one of three companies located in the building and will be the anchor tenant occupying over 60,000 square feet.

When construction is completed in June, BAMF Health will feature a 12,000-square-foot radiopharmacy, which includes two cyclotrons, a 10,000-square-foot molecular imaging clinic and a 10,000-square-foot theranostics clinic.

Rockford is serving as the general contractor for the expansion of Dégagé Ministries, an organization that serves individuals experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids. With the addition of 9,945 square feet, the nonprofit facility will expand to approximately 26,500 square feet.

The renovation and expansion will increase shelter capacity from 14,600 to 27,010 overnight stays per year by replacing 40 sleeping mats with 74 beds. The plans also include a new dining facility, increasing the number of meals served to individuals in need by nearly 50%.

Rockford Property Management, a division of Rockford Construction, took over the management responsibilities for Lofts on Alabama, located on Grand Rapids’ West Side. The addition of Lofts on Alabama brings Rockford’s management portfolio to 632 residential units. 

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