The new owners of McKay Tower are getting back to the building’s roots by hiring the tower’s original contractor to complete a remodeling project taking place in the old second floor bank lobby.
Steadfast Property Holdings announced Wednesday that Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. would manage construction of “The Ballroom at McKay,” a project to restore the former Grand Rapids National Bank lobby into a banquet facility.
Founded in Grand Rapids in 1891, Owen-Ames-Kimball, or OAK, was the original contractor on the construction of both the first three stories in 1916, and the additional 11 stories added to the building in 1925.
“Our history is really important to us,” said OAK President Frank Stanek in a statement, calling the project a “great opportunity” to “continue the story that our founders helped write nearly a century ago.”
Steadfast Property Holdings, investor and owner of historic McKay Tower, announces the hiring of Owen-Ames-Kimball Co (O-A-K) to oversee “The Ballroom at McKay” construction renovation project. As Construction Manager, O-A-K brings an impressive portfolio of downtown Grand Rapids construction experience with a unique interest in this particular project.
Founded in Grand Rapids in1891, O-A-K shares more than a zip code with the iconic downtown building.
“Our company built the original two-story building, then known as Grand Rapids National Bank, in 1915, and we also built the twelve stories that were added in 1925,” says President, Frank Stanek. “Our history is really important to us at O-A-K. What a great opportunity this is to continue the story that our founder’s helped write nearly a century ago.”
The 9,000 square foot renovation of McKay Tower’s second floor was approved by the Grand Rapids City Planning Commission in November 2012. The building is located at 146 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.