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City of Grand Rapids Selects Bergmann to Provide Feasibility Study and Design Concepts for 201 Market Ave. SW

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1500 Scribner Ave. NW is the site being reviewed for possible relocation of City operations.

The City of Grand Rapids has hired Bergmann, a national architecture, engineering and planning firm with offices in Grand Rapids, to conduct a feasibility study and provide design concepts for the possible relocation of City operations from 201 Market Ave. SW to the Kent County Road Commission property at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW.

This is the next step in the City’s due diligence process following City Commission approval in February of an option agreement for the potential purchase of the Scribner Ave. property.

According to City officials, relocating operations at 201 Market Ave. SW could help the City move closer to its redevelopment goals for the site and surrounding riverfront area.

“We look forward to partnering with Bergmann on this important project,” said Tim Burkman, City Engineer. “The team at Bergmann is well-positioned to help us determine how this property could accommodate our current and future needs.”

Through its collaborative design process, Bergmann, in partnership with Granger Construction and WGI Parking Solutions, will hold in-depth stakeholder conversations, inspect existing site and building conditions, perform land-use and zoning analyses, and conduct similar research. The results will be used to create a feasibility report and develop creative design solutions for accommodating the people and services that would be relocated from 201 Market Ave. SW to the Scribner Ave. property.

“Through our integrated planning and design experience, we know that relocating and renovating facilities of this size and scope is like solving a complex puzzle – one that our team is passionate about solving,” said Buddy Huyler, senior project manager, Bergmann. “In addition to addressing the relocation and design options for the two sites, our goal is to show the full potential of the property and surrounding environment.”

Bergmann will present the feasibility report and design concepts to the City this fall.

The Bergmann team, comprised of experts in water resources, mixed-use projects, municipal utility design and more, brings extensive experience in community-based planning, building and waterfront design, and related projects to the City of Grand Rapids.


For four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 450 professionals spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning. For more information, visit