Project wins award for ‘outstanding’ civil engineering


The Foundry building in Kalamazoo is the headquarters of the CSM Group of Companies.

An office building project in the region has been recognized for “outstanding” civil engineering.

The Foundry project in Kalamazoo, at 600 E. Michigan Ave., received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, Southwestern Michigan Chapter.

The project was recognized this month at a chapter awards luncheon in Portage.

The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award recognizes a project that demonstrates the highest level of engineering skill and "represents the greatest contribution to civil engineering progress and mankind."

The Foundry was built out of the old Kalamazoo Foundry & Machine Company building dating back to 1907.

It was renovated in 2017 as a 53,000-square-foot “living office space” with a wide range of amenities, including meeting and event spaces, on-site dining, concierge service, recreation paths and an outdoor veranda with a view of the Portage Creek and Kalamazoo River.

Challenges to redevelopment included remediation of contaminated site soils, re-shaping of Portage Creek’s riverbeds on the project site and the design and construction of a new traffic signal and road.

Kalamazoo-based Eckert Wordell served as the architect on the project.

Kalamazoo-based Hurley & Stewart was the project's civil engineer.

CSM Group, which is headquartered at The Foundry, was the contractor on the project.

The Foundry is owned by Kalamazoo-based Treystar.

Grand Rapids-based Prein&Newhof also received the ASCE Southwestern Michigan Chapter Quality of Life Award for the City of Kalamazoo lead water replacement program.

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