Triangle Associates works on array of projects


Expansions of Walmart stores in Cascade and Grandville will result in supercenters that look like this. Courtesy of Triangle Associates

Triangle Associates Inc. will be busy this construction season with seven projects already lined up that are worth nearly $70 million.

Three of the contracts are in the education field, two them at the collegiate level and one for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Michigan State University retained the company to manage an expansion of its residence hall engagement center, a project that will allow the university to make many student services available within their residential neighborhoods in East Lansing.

The work will involve renovating the lower level and second floor while keeping access open to the Student Union on the building’s first floor. In addition, the Multicultural Center will be relocated and its size will be increased.

Triangle also will direct the renovation to MSU’s steam tunnel located at the intersection of Bogue and Shaw streets. This project is part of the university’s Master Plan and will improve service to the campus’s residence halls.

Triangle also will manage the expansion and renovation of the food service area and dining halls at Alma College in Alma, Mich. The work will modernize the school’s aging dining facilities and result in several different food venues for students.

The firm also will serve as construction manager for renovations to Sherwood Park Elementary School, Gerald R. Ford Middle School, Central High School and Creston High School. Work will begin in June and be completed in August before classes begin. All four schools are in the GRPS system.

Two other contracts Triangle has secured involve auto dealerships. DP Fox selected the firm to manage the build-out of its new Chicago Ford Lincoln store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The site is a temporary location for DP Fox’s first venture into the Windy City. It will house the dealership until the summer of 2015 when construction on a three-story, 100,000-square-foot permanent facility along the north branch of the Chicago River is expected to be finished.

Hart Lincoln Ford in Roscommon hired Triangle to determine whether the auto dealer should expand or renovate its current dealership or build a new one.

Triangle also got nods from Walmart and Walgreens. The company will expand Walmart’s 28th Street SE location and turn it into a 160,000-square-foot Supercenter. Work is to begin this month and is expected to finish in January. Triangle began expanding Walmart’s Grandville store in March; construction is expected to be done in February.

Walgreens chose Triangle to renovate two of its distribution centers and pharmacies. One is in Ohio; the other is in Michigan.

Triangle Associates is one of the area’s longest-serving general contractors and construction managers, having been founded in 1918. The firm employs 104 associates throughout the state and offers a full range of services, including design-build and LEED consulting.

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