Kent County Road Commission Celebrates New Central Complex with Grand Opening Events on July 11
The Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) celebrates the grand opening of its new Central Complex at 1900 4 Mile Road NW in Walker, Michigan, with events on Tuesday, July 11. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a public open house will follow from 4-7 p.m.
KCRC is relocating administrative offices and central operations from its current location at 1500 Scribner Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where KCRC has resided since 1923.
“"While the Scribner location has served us well for 100 years, it is time to move forward to a new location," said KCRC’s Managing Director Steve Warren. "The new Central Complex will enhance our ability to efficiently serve Kent County and the area's growing population. We look forward to welcoming our community on July 11 to help us celebrate this next chapter for KCRC."
Open House - 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
KCRC is pleased to invite the community to an open house at its new Central Complex, offering an opportunity for residents to explore the site, visit the various buildings, and engage with KCRC employees. Children will also have the chance to climb aboard and enjoy the equipment on display, adding to the fun and interactive experience.
About the Relocation
The relocation to the Walker property is a significant milestone, marking the departure from the 14.2-acre site at 1500 Scribner Avenue in Grand Rapids, KCRC's home for 100 years.
The 29-acre complex expands facilities for field operations, equipment repair and maintenance, and material storage while maximizing employee safety and energy efficiency. Hobbs+Black Architects led the design, while Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. oversaw construction management.
Among the key features of the new Central Complex is a 150,000 square-foot garage accommodating 56 heavy-duty vehicle/equipment parking spaces, 42 light-duty vehicle spaces, and 16 vehicle/equipment maintenance bays. In addition, the complex includes a 17,500 square-foot warm/cold storage building, a 6,000-ton-capacity salt barn with 40,000-gallon liquid deicing tanks, and a stand-alone vehicle wash building.
The administrative office building features a floorplan and furnishings by Custer, Inc. The design prioritizes adaptable, functional workspaces that encourage collaboration and employee engagement, resulting in a smaller office footprint compared to the Scribner building.
Situated near the intersection of 4 Mile Road and Walker Avenue, the new Central Complex offers a centralized position within the county, with easy access to both the freeway and county road networks.
As the Kent County Road Commission continues to adapt to the evolving needs of the community, the new Central Complex is designed to accommodate potential future expansion.