In September of 2004 D.J. Maltese secured a commercial parcel of land with an old building (a house used as a VFW post) on it in the downtown area of Plymouth, Michigan to construct a spec office building. During the due diligence period in October Coldwell Banker Schweitzer Bake Real Estate, a local real estate company, contacted D.J. Maltese about building them a new building in the downtown Plymouth area. They would require about 7,000 SF for their new offices. D.J. Maltese, having the parcel on Òmain StreetÕ in Plymouth offered the real estate company an opportunity to own and lease part of a larger planned building. A deal was worked out and a new partnership was formed. A new building was in the planning stage that would allow the real estate company to occupy the first floor and the second floor would be for other tenant.
The site, being narrow and deep was designed with parking in the rear and along one side of the building of about 11,000 SF on two floors (5,500 SF per floor) and a full basement was included for equipment and storage. During the next months concept plans were prepared and the final design concept including a colonial design to compliment City Hall which was across the street. The focal point were the massive fiberglass columns and caps on a grand front porch and three second floor covered porches all with an ornamental cornice soffit and fascia . Over the course of the next month City approvals given and the working drawings were completed.
A ground breaking ceremony took place in June of 2005 and the project mobilization began with the demolition of an existing building on the site and preparation for the new building. Building permits were issued in late June and excavation and underground utility work began.
Construction continued with completion scheduled for completion targeted for May of 2006.
The building exterior is wood frame with brick veneer with colored mortar, and cast stone veneer window and door surrounds and sills and accent stone, soffit and fascia is synthetic plaster and the porch columns are fiberglass. The first and second floor system is TJI floor joint, plywood deck with a gypcrete cap. The fascia boards, gutters are aluminum and the downspouts and scupper boxes are copper. The roof in a lifetime asphalt shingle on the pitch roof areas and a Dec-Tec membrane on the porch areas. The exterior entry doors commercial aluminum sash and insulated glass. The exterior windows are fiberglass units. The wall insulation is blown-in fiberglass. The building interior includes 2×2 acoustical ceilings with drywall soffits and a drywalled barrel ceiling in the open plan areas. All the cabinet and millwork is custom made cherry with granite counters. The interior doors are 3’x 8′ solid core two panel MDF, all the trim is large profile poplar. The elevator is a three stop 3,000 lb capacity. The building is fully sprinkled including a dry system in the roof truss area. The original plan was to use steel trusses to eliminate the cost of a dry system in the roof area. However, the cost of the wood trusses and dry system was about thirty percent less than the cost of the steel trusses. In addition to the fire protection system the building includes a fire alarm system.
Other features include a heated walkway at the entry of the building for snow removal with a covered entry, stadium seating steps at the front of the building (for use for parade events in the City) and a 50Õ flag pole. The main focal points of the building is the large two story columns at the front of the building.
The building layout includes a main first floor foyer entry and a second floor foyer. The first floor tenant has its own restrooms. The second floor tenants share a common vestibule with the restrooms. Each tenant and kitchen and conference rooms, private offices and open plan area.
The basement area of about 5,500 SF includes a mechanical room, an elevator equipment room, a lobby area, two rest rooms and a large conference room, a large training room and a small conference room all for the tenants use.