We’re Halfway There: Lasco Ford Sales Renovation

We’re Halfway There: Lasco Ford Sales Renovation

The final phase of a multi-phase master site plan, the renovation of the Sales Building at Lasco Ford in Fenton, Michigan is the crowning jewel of the entire project. Even at the halfway mark, the results are impressive. The ‘bones’ of the structure, originally built in the 1960’s, were strengthened and reinforced with additional structural steel, a new roof, all new mechanical and electrical equipment, and new gas and water lines. Aesthetically, there were major changes as well. The entire Phase 1 of the Sales Building renovation encompassed what was previously the Service Department. Let’s check in with assistant project manager, Matt Vanden Toorn to get his take on the project.

Q: Matt, you came in towards the tail-end of this first phase of renovations. What was going on when you came onsite in early May?

A: When I came on board in early May, Pillen Construction was framing the interior walls. Additionally, Extreme Electric, DM Burr, and Goyette Mechanical were installing their respective in-wall utilities: electrical, HVAC and plumbing.


Q: In addition to making sure your lead project manager is stocked with coffee and donuts, what are some of the behind the scenes parts of your job?

A: My additional responsibilities include verifying details in the drawings, working with our contractors, tracking our daily tasks, and maintaining communication with the owner.


Q: What were some of the biggest challenges the team worked to overcome in the last 2 1/2 months to meet the turnover date for the Sales team to move in?

A: Our biggest challenge was keeping the schedule. It was inevitable that we would be met with issues that would potentially push our schedule back. Keeping our schedule required close coordination with our contractors and accurate scheduling.


Q: What knowledge from the first phase will you and the team carry forward to help with phase two?

A: There were some structural issues that Bren-Mar identified in Phase 1. We used the information we gathered and the lessons we learned during Phase 1 to avoid any issues with the structural steel in Phase 2.


Q: Overall, how have both Bren-Mar Construction and Lasco Ford worked to make the project to this point a success given the close proximity of work areas?

A: The most important aspect, in my opinion, is communication. Lasco Ford and Bren-Mar Construction have been in constant communication regarding the status of the project and the least intrusive way to maintain ongoing construction during the operating hours.



The newly renovated sales area is a far cry from service bays packed with vehicle lifts and tool boxes it previously housed, and both Bren-Mar Construction and Lasco Ford are thrilled with the progress to reach this half-way mark. We look forward to wrapping up the remainder of the project over the coming months. Stay tuned for a final update coming later this year. Check out the portfolio page for Lasco Ford here!

West Exterior Wall Before & After West Exterior Wall In Progress

A Closer Look – Little Joe’s Tavern

Celebrating 80 years in business with 79 of those years at its present location, it seems understated to call Little Joe’s Tavern a community icon. Given its cherished place in the hearts of the community, it was with careful thought and deliberate intention that the restaurant undertook its major renovation in the summer of 2014.

Rear Entry Hallway - Before & AfterCust Restroom - Before & After

Architects Ron + Roman of Birmingham, Michigan were the ones tasked with bridging the gap between cherished nostalgia and modern, staying style. Bren-Mar Construction was the general contractor responsible for completing the major project on a two-week schedule. With many, many months of planning and preparing, coordinating and scheduling the two week construction began with crews working around the clock to clear and demolish the entire front-of-house space, including a banquet room, main dining, bar, bar dining and restrooms.

 Main Dining Back Entry - Before & After

Main Dining - Before & After

Adding to the challenge was the unknown elements that could be uncovered as demolition began in each are due to the space being comprised of the blending of three separate buildings. Given the short timeline to complete, crews continued working all hours of the day and night with Bren-Mar coordinating and scheduling multiple trades in every area of the space.


Main Dining Back Entry - Before & After Bar - Before & After

The 5,518 square foot renovation was celebrated by the community of Grand Blanc and the loyal patrons of Little Joe’s only 16 days after work began. Key to the success of such a drastic and complete renovation on a very short time frame was the precise planning, coordinating and scheduling. All parties were committed to the strict timelines and worked together with the shared goal of a timely completion, and a cold beer at the new bar! Check out the portfolio page for Little Joe’s Tavern here!

Happy Memorial Day

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This weekend, the Bren-Mar Team will join many of you in celebrating with our friends and family. While we enjoy the beautiful weather and a barbecue, let us pause for a moment to remember.

Let us remember that many have given their lives to secure the freedoms we enjoy. Let us remember to honor those who serve to protect us. Let us remember the families of our veterans who will gather this weekend without a loved one among them.

Bren-Mar Construction would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all our veterans.

As you celebrate this Memorial Day…remember.
Brent Williams and
the Bren-Mar Team