Blackford Capital is a private investment firm that acquires, manages and grows middle-market manufacturing, distribution and service companies. After operating out of Irvine, California for ten years, and with the majority of the company’s investments in the Midwest or on the East Coast, the decision was made to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan to be closer to current and future operations.
After working out of a leased space in Grand Rapids for a year, plans were made for a larger, collaborative, high tech and cutting edge space, designed to attract the young talent that would add to the success of this private equity firm.
A prominent downtown Grand Rapids location, 190 Monroe, was acquired. This 8,000 SF space, located on the building’s top floor, was in need of a complete renovation. Completed in March 2013, the space can accommodate three Executive Offices, six Analysts and 3 Finance Professionals. Open plan benching workstations accommodate 16 people. The highly efficient space provides a formal Board Room with 18 seats and multiple casual meeting spaces with access to technology and food and drink amenities. A big bonus is the downtown view, as well as daylight throughout. Designed in conjunction with GMB subsidiary, Visbeen Architects.