X Ventures

Brix at Midtown Building Tour

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
436 Grand NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

HSW credits pending; high vis. safety glasses and hard hats required!


·      328,500 sf wood framed apartment complex located just north of Michigan Ave and south of College

·      287 units ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms

·      324 parking spaces within the precast garage built for tenants

·      Project consists of 6 main buildings: 1 parking garage and 5 wood framed apartment buildings

·      Demolished 16 houses and the old Goodwill building

·      Challenges Include:
        - Tight property lines
        - Exporting contaminated soils
        - Street closures and working with neighbors to limit impact on parking/street closures
        - Noncom wood framing in some locations
        - 1 and 2 hr ratings and how best to achieve
        - High water table
        - Weather
        - Right of way coordination/approval

Additional Information:

·      Hardie cement siding, board and batt, as well as brick and stone veneer

·      Concrete balconies

·      1 of the wood-framed buildings is Type IIIB
        - Contains a 5 story element
        - Exterior wood framing is all noncom
        - Continuous thermax foam insulation at the exterior
        - 2 hr exterior ratings on 3 exterior walls due to proximity of the neighbors
        - NFPA 13 sprinklers including truss interstitial spaces
        - Includes 1,400 sf of amenity space

·      Balance of the wood-framed buildings are Type VA
        - All buildings are 4 story, but 1 of them contains a courtyard level
        - NFPA 13 sprinklers including truss interstitial space
        - Includes 5,300 sf of amenity space
        - Mainly flat roofing but we do have a couple of gabled ends to blend in with the neigborhood

·      Parking garage is IB

·      Swimming pool located in the center courtyard surrounded by units.

·      Contech storm detention system is located underneath the pool and courtyard.

·      There is also a stormtech system underneath the fire lane.