Integrated Architecture’s renovation of Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI) recently received an Honorable Mention in the small commercial design category from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids Chapter 2013 Awards Program, plus it helped boost sales 50%.
Store Manager Sue Smith reports that income from the previous quarter was up more than 50% when compared to the same time last year. Smith is also CBA’s new board chairperson.
The store remodel features soaring rooflines and floor to ceiling windows, a stunning change from its former low-key parking lot entrance.
“Baker Book House has, for the past 20 years, been hiding in plain sight,” said Scott Vyn, Integrated Architecture’s director of design. The remodel added more than 2,300 square feet of new construction along the main street to create a new roof line, and add floor-to-ceiling windows and a new entrance.
The facility’s fresh, open environment offers abundant natural light, thousands of books and reading accessories as well as a children’s play area, café, and plenty of places to read and relax, Vyn said. Bold colors, fresh coffee and flexible gathering space easily support book club and community gatherings and special events, such as book signings, lectures, and princess parties for pre-school girls.
The Honorable Mention was the only award distributed in the category.