Guernsey Farms Dairy

This is the tasty side of our job – a restaurant remodel that included the dairy products of Guernsey Farms Dairy served up at expanded dining, old fashioned soda fountain or right out of the dairy case. It was our pleasure to be a part of this family owned business as they prepared to celebrate 80 years with the remodel of their restaurant located in Northville, Michigan.

It began early in the year with closing the restaurant as we started with the demolition and then turned to the process of building fresh and new. The results provided an upgraded experience at Guernsey Farms Dairy with the dining room, soda fountain, new bar, retail store and dairy case with Guernsey merchandise. The new outside seating allows for enjoying a take-out order or licking to your hearts content an ice cream cone made with one of the now offered 48 flavors.

Bren-Mar brought our talented craftsmen in to provide expert finish to the remodel with new millwork, lighting, revised design and fresh painted walls. With the careful coordination of contractors we kept the process of renovation on track – until the virus sent us packing. Not to be deterred, we maintained focus from behind the scenes working out details from home so that in early May we were back on site and ready to finish the job begun. Guernsey Farms opened for take-out orders the first week of June.

New to the Guernsey Farms Dairy experience is the addition of a bar that boasts the distinctive combination of bright blue tiles and custom woodwork. The back bar features a unique design highlighting a cow synonymous with all things dairy.

The new look outside is as delightful as their ice cream! With the look of spilt milk across the parking lot and cheery tables and chairs to welcome you it is sure to be the place to go for ice cream and all things ‘Guernsey’. An old fashioned soda fountain, great food, 48 flavors of ice cream and new boozy shakes makes the Guernsey Farms Dairy project one of our tastiest.

Open for Business

What a difference a few months can make. We have all been experiencing some challenging times as the COVID-19 virus blazed across the world greatly impacting the global community. Our own corner of the world has felt the effect of this virus in many ways. Not the least of which was the ‘stay home – stay safe’ sweeping restrictions that closed our communities to life as we knew it.

For many sheltering in place brought its own challenges. For businesses the impact was immediate and significant. We are all anxious to open back up for business as usual. However, most likely ‘business as usual’ will be anything but in the weeks and months ahead. As we slowly re-open our economy and communities we must continue to find creative ways to navigate the ‘new normal’. Social distancing, face masks, hand washing, and disinfecting will become part of our everyday living.

With the uncertainty of what our world will look like six months from now, one thing we can be sure of is the need to be tolerant, flexible, respectful and kind. This isn’t about us or them, you or me; this is about mankind. We are all in this together, and together we shall make our way through to better days.

In the State of Michigan, the construction industry ‘re-opened for business’ on May 7th. Bren-Mar Construction was eager and prepared to resume our projects and get back to work. We have once again started our days early moving safely among our subcontractors to the sound of construction all around us. And we are happy to be doing what we do best – building! We are moving dirt, we are laying pipe and building walls, we are measuring, cutting and pounding. We are building!

The COVID-19 virus is not confined to space or time. We must all continue to wait patiently for healing and the local and global economies to reestablish strong. As we emerge we must all continue with best practices for safe keeping.

Bren-Mar Construction is on the job and doing our part.

Merry Christmas

Bren-Mar didn’t build Santa’s Work Shop…but we could have!

May your homes be filled with love and laughter, friends and family this holiday.

And may all BELIEVE in the magic and miracle of the season!

 

 

Breaking Ground – Let Us Begin!

Bren-Mar has been excited to begin a ground-up project in Grand Blanc. After many, many months of planning and preparing we broke ground in the Fall for a new medical office. As a seasoned builder we were ready to hit the ground running and hurdle whatever came our way – like an early snow or mud so deep it sucks your boots off!

We began with a blank canvas and started moving dirt. Every week moves us forward with more equipment, pours and people on site. This kind of thing thrills a builder. We love the energy a new build brings with it.

Each day begins so early the sunrise is welcomed light. Donning gloves and boots against the cold weather we step into the day and don’t stop until the light begins to fade. There is a keen balance to keeping everything moving forward, on schedule, within budget, and on track. Building is not for the faint of heart…this is go time!

Snow and rain may challenge our days and our schedule; but we’re a bit like the Post Office and ‘neither rain nor snow nor dark of night will keep us from building this office’!

Check back and watch our progress as we do what we do best…we build!

Bren-Mar and Shake Shack

Bren-Mar Construction is shaking it up with two new Shake Shack restaurants in southeast Michigan. We’re proud to be the contractor of choice when Shake Shack opens a new restaurant in Michigan. You will find “each Shake Shack is constructed thoughtfully and purposefully to fit its unique environment, using a creative design approach that creates places and experiences like nowhere else. Think walls made of reclaimed antique barn wood siding, one-of-a-kind murals commissioned from local artists, living green walls and lighting installations inspired by local surroundings. All good in the wood!”

Shake Shack Somerset Mall

Shake Shack is an environmentally conscience company that strives to lessen its footprint while providing only the freshest and finest ingredients sourced by like-minded artisanal producers. They are invested in the local communities and people around them. We are fortunate to welcome these additional Shake Shacks to Somerset Collection Mall in Troy, and at Arbor Hills Mall in Ann Arbor. It has been a privilege to work together with Shake Shack in constructing these new restaurants.

Shake Shack Ann Arbor

Keeping the ‘tasty’ side of construction going, you will find Bren-Mar Construction working to freshen up other local restaurants in southeast Michigan this year. Additionally we have crews working on medical offices, banking facilities and retail. All this work is working up an appetite for us – think we’ll just head over to Shake Shack for a great burger and a shake!

The Next Generation

Entering its fourth decade, Bren-Mar is positioning itself for the next generation. Max Williams joined the company over six years ago learning the “Bren-Mar way”. His keen insight, quick ability to learn and desire to follow in his father’s footsteps has provided a strong basis for taking Bren-Mar Construction through the next 30 years.

Brent and Max continue to work side-by-side today. They believe in the company’s future and the people that make Bren-Mar strong. While celebrating this milestone has provided a time of reflection, it has also encouraged us for the future. Bren-Mar is confident the years to come will continue to be prosperous and offer more opportunities worth celebrating.

 

A Conversation with Father and Son

Sitting down with Brent and Max for a candid conversation about working together provided moments of deep thought, a few smiles, a little humor and some insight into Bren-Mar Construction’s future.

What do you enjoy most about working together?

Brent says he enjoys “watching Max go from raw talent to a highly qualified builder and learning the processes”.  “It’s a privilege to be able to teach my son as an adult; he continues to grow.”

Max believes he and his father are a lot alike, but with just as many differences. “It is nice to be able to sit together and catch up on everything at least once or twice a week. I feel fortunate to be able to do that.”

What challenges you most working together?

“It can be a challenge because Max and I are so much the same”, says Brent. “It’s not always an easy road, sometimes we butt heads.”

“That is a loaded question…”  According to Max, “letting the reins down and letting go of control” is a challenge for father and son.

What do you envision for the future of Bren-Mar Construction?

Brent – “I see Bren-Mar Construction as a young and robust company.” We are a good blend of young and old, with new people being trained “the Bren-Mar way”.  We can grow as big as we want if we keep our core values of always providing high quality and taking care of our customers.” We’ll do whatever it takes for our customers.”

Max – “I envision continued success and possible growth. I would love to change some things, but it is hard to make decisions for change when we see and live the success that Bren-Mar Construction has achieved, and continues to achieve. I truly believe the relationships that Bren-Mar Construction has with their employees and contractors drives our success and accomplishments. This is something that will always be a priority for Bren-Mar.”

 

This father and son dual are a pretty powerful team. They actually complement each other with their unique strengths and abilities. This “young and old” combination is proving to be just the right balance for Bren-Mar as we head into the next 30 years. 

 

Bren-Mar Celebrates 30 Years!

This is the year – 2018!  

In September Bren-Mar Construction Celebrates 30 years in business. Those years have brought with it many clients, owners, architects and subcontractors along the journey. But mostly it has brought us many new friends!

Thirty years has seen a great many changes in the construction industry. Contractors now use digital plans, cell phones, tablets and smart gadgets. Project Managers use construction software and computer aided design. Jobsites have increased health and safety standards, enhanced equipment, drone technology and construction wearables. There are more systematic approaches to all aspects of construction, with the ability to achieve more and faster than ever before.

The building industry has definitely seen change since 1988! And Bren-Mar has been right there as witness to these many changes embracing the shifts in construction means and methods as well as advancing the company begun 30 years ago.

Bren-Mar remained strong throughout these 30 years with many economic ups and downs. Bren-Mar’s business philosophy has been the same since Brent started the company and is reflected in the company’s mission statement today: always give your best, take care of the customer providing exceptional service with high quality craftsmanship – every time.

We Celebrate the Journey on 30!

 

Crust Bakery – Completed Project!

In 2017 Crust Bakery more than doubled their space with a major addition and renovation project. Bren-Mar worked within the confines of schedules while the bakery remained operational 24/7 in order to coordinate the entire layout reconfiguration of the space. All those delicious bakery smells wafted through the air and mingled with sawdust and paint during construction.

Crust now serves in a new dining room, with bar and new kitchen, pasty and bread room production areas, new shipping and dock area, as well as employee room and several offices. New ovens, walk-in freezers, and storage space combine to make this 14,500 sq. ft. bakery project a “sweet” success.

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Crust brenmar construction fenton michigan bar area

crust brenmar construction fenton michigan pastry room

crust brenmar construction fenton michigan

crust brenmar construction fenton michigan

 

 

Project Update: crust bakery

If you’re local to the metro Flint/Detroit area you’ve undoubtedly heard of the crust bakery. Heck, even if you’re not local there’s a good chance you may have heard of them. They ship their famed pastries and breads all across the country and will soon be able to share even more sweetness. Construction is nearing completion on a major addition and renovation project that has taken place without impacting bakery operations. I’m going to pause so you can take a minute to really think about that. We’ve more than DOUBLED their space and reconfigured the ENTIRE layout WITHOUT IMPACTING BAKERY OPERATIONS. Okay, got it? Now let’s quickly cover  the final few items that are wrapping up: paint is going up on walls, epoxy floors are down, sealed concrete is all complete and, drumroll please, new bakery equipment is arriving!

Pro’s of completion: more bakery to share more goodness with more people.

Con’s of completion: no day-old bakery goodies for the crews; our next jobsite probably won’t smell as good.

Follow crust on their Facebook page for mouth watering updates.

 

Project Update: Dentist Office

If you haven’t seen what all we’ve been up to this summer, it’s a lot of restaurants and a bakery. Too many sweets? We’ve got that covered too! Arguably the project closest to us (we share the same building) is a complete renovation of a dentist office. And when we say complete we mean it. This project stripped the space down to the ‘bones’ and even replaced some of them. With all new plumbing, heating, and electrical we’re now finishing up the ceilings,  drywall and millwork. Paint is drying on the walls and finishes are all coming together. By September, the dentist will have a fantastic new space to fill cavities for years to come. And it’s a good thing with that new bakery expansion just across the street.

Check out Family Dental and when you’re by, pop in to say hi to us too!