HealthBar, Deksia open joint headquarters

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Courtesy HealthBar and Deksia

Two Grand Rapids companies cut the ribbon on a renovated headquarters. 

Custom health care provider HealthBar and marketing agency Deksia on Tuesday, June 2, celebrated the opening of their new joint office building at 49 Coldbrook St. NE in Grand Rapids. 

The office covers 11,500 square feet of refurbished space, previously home to printing service West Michigan Tag and Label. 

The new headquarters was renovated and designed using biophilic concepts with the purpose of connecting employees to nature and one another in the office environment. The office uses large windows, open spaces for employee workstations and several communal areas with couches to encourage employee creativity and well-being. It lacks cubicles typical to an office environment, enabling employees to see and speak with one another easily throughout the work day. 

49 Coldbrook now is one of the largest biophilic installments in West Michigan, according to the tenants, and features over 350 plants. Each organization occupies approximately 3,000-3,500 square feet. The building also includes 4,500 square feet of common space, including a kitchen/café, downstairs gym, lobby, conference rooms and a bar. 

“While opening a new office might seem contradictory in this post-COVID economy, our biophilic design provides Deksia and HealthBar staff an office that feels as comfortable and livable as home, with even more perks,” said Aaron VanderGalien, senior partner of Deksia. “Our goal is to create a space where people want to work and create a love of life and of all that is alive … whether in a person, a plant, an idea or a social group.”

Added Nathan Baar, founder and CEO of HealthBar, “As a small business, investing in neighborhood growth in our city is important to us, and pairing that with this beautiful new space really sets the stage for our continued growth. This livable and health-focused space will help HealthBar build on our current momentum to continue attracting talent and bring more new ideas like ours into the world.” 

Baar also said being able to provide for the mental and physical well-being of employees as well as clientele is essential to create a healthy work environment. Access to spaces for relaxation and a gym for physical activity help make the headquarters a place where employees are cared for on all levels. 

The headquarters includes a 400-square-foot office in the front of the building to host an up-and-coming business that needs a small office space for six team members or fewer. Deksia and HealthBar will choose an initial business to occupy the space this summer, offering mentorship, collaboration and access to the building’s amenities. 

Nexus Technology Services managed the building’s IT installation and partnered with Grand Rapids-based nonprofit New City Kids for a job shadowing experience during the install, where kids learned about technology and got hands-on experience with a job. 

Vandergalien designed the space in partnership with Restoration Hardware, which supplied most of the furniture, lighting and planters. Romence Gardens supplied all of the plants in the space. Custer Inc. also partnered with the teams to provide a balance of seating options.

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