Back to School Season

AugI’ve heard it described as “the most wonderful time of the year” by parents of school-aged children, while teachers and teens typically disagree. Back to school is a time to set goals for learning and growth over the next year while enacting a plan to ensure one’s success – a time to sharpen your pencil, so to speak.

Perhaps you too are taking stock of your planned growth for the next year. Maybe that growth includes relocation, expanding or just a fresh coat of paint. If you’ve got a plan, we can help ensure it’s success. If you’re starting with a blank slate, let us connect you with our team of skilled and friendly professionals; it’s like getting the ‘good’ teacher!

After all, a new project should be exciting, like a field trip to the cider mill but without the cramped and sweaty bus ride.

Summertime and the Living’s Easy

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It’s officially here – summer; sweet, sweet summer. The long, warm days combine with sunny disposition to create a season that can’t fully be explained but just has to be experienced.

There’s something else the summer brings -especially here in Michigan- and that’s construction. We are all very aware of the road construction projects which just happen to coincide with our otherwise cheer-filled season. Summer trips near and far can quickly come to a literal halt due to this busy time of pavement improvements. And while roadways are not in our construction portfolio, we sure are busy this summer working on projects of our own.

Fortunately, you won’t find any of our projects slowing things to a halt. Our skilled leaders are masters at planning, taking care of all the coordination and scheduling that keep projects moving forward.

Let Bren-Mar keep things rolling on your next project, handling all the hard work, so that you can enjoy that carefree experience of summertime, anytime of the year.

150 Years in the Making

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Remembering Together

First recognized in the South in 1866, Memorial Day was a simple and somber occasion with an intended purpose: to honor the dead and take care of a little housekeeping at the local cemetery.

Two years later and post-civil war, Union veterans in the North began celebrating their own holiday, Decoration Day. It was another simple occasion to decorate graves of the war dead with flowers.

To prevent confusion -and perhaps because they were still a little bitter- the South clarified that they had no intentions of sharing their holiday by renaming it Confederate Memorial Day. It took almost another 15 years until the two holidays shared the common “Memorial Day” title and a whopping 85 years more before it was made official.

This year marks a full 150 years since the first Memorial Day was recognized. And while it has certainly grown from a simple holiday, amidst the parades and celebrations, graves of our war dead still deserve to be honored and decorated.

As you celebrate this Memorial Day…remember.

Brent Williams
and the Bren-Mar Team

A Call to Action

ReminderFingerSketch1What’s the only date that’s also a command? Stumped? It’s March fourth; or march forth. That’s about the extent of our trivia here at Bren-Mar Construction. And truth be told it’s a trivia from way back in high school. Isn’t it funny the little things that you remember?

Here at Bren-Mar, we hope one of the things you would remember about us is our ability to go above and beyond for our clients. We care and we’ll do just about anything for you. We’ve even tracked down Red Wings jersey’s to ship internationally for foreign fans north of the border. When we say our relationships are a driving force that set Bren-Mar apart we mean it.

 

Bren-Mar Mission Statement:

Picture2Bren-Mar Construction consistently delivers commercial and industrial projects with unsurpassed service and quality. We work with clients, subcontractors and suppliers passionately and continually to develop and maintain long-term relationships built on honesty, trust and timeliness. Our refusal to accept anything less than exceptional in both our projects and our relationships is the driving force that sets Bren-Mar apart.

 

If you haven’t worked with us before, we encourage you to read some of our Testimonials. When you’re ready to get started -or march forth- on your project, we encourage you to reach out to us. We’d love to work with you, or work with you again!

Love Across Southeast Michigan

Spanning beyond our little hometown of Fenton, Bren-Mar Construction is busy spreading our passion for building all across southeast Michigan. From Birch Run to the north to downtown Detroit to the south, we are teaming with clients all across the region to bring their projects to life.

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Here’s just a few of the places we’re currently working:

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The projects may vary in their size, scope and complexity but there’s one thing that’s common and that’s our love for building. Let us know how Bren-Mar can bring a little of our heart to your project.

 

Lasco Ford Sales Renovation is Complete!

Here at Bren-Mar we love seeing all our hard work come together as a project reaches completion. But what we are most passionate about is our clients and the relationships we built along the way.

The completion of the Sales Building renovations at Lasco Ford in Fenton marks the end of a multi-phase, multi-year redevelopment master plan. Bren-Mar Construction has enjoyed working with the Lasco family throughout the years to reach this point. And as the saying goes, the best truly was saved for last.

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During construction, Bren-Mar and Lasco worked closely to ensure both operations – renovations and vehicle sales – continued to operate seamlessly. While there were certainly challenges throughout the process, both parties were successful in their respective tasks. The Lasco Ford sales team was able to continue serving their valued customers and the Bren-Mar team of skilled craftsmen revamped the dated space into a spectacular showroom.

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The Sales Building now boasts more than double the space it previously occupied. This allows Lasco Ford to have vehicles featured throughout the showroom for the first time in years. While we may be slightly biased, we think the results are stunning. But don’t take our word for it, stop by Lasco Ford in Fenton and take a look for yourself! Too far to stop in? Take their virtual tour by clicking here.

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Happy Holidays

 

Holiday 2015During the holidays, we long to embrace treasured moments spent with family and friends, colleagues and clients alike. This time of year is alive with abundant sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays. We wrap ourselves in the season of goodwill and for a brief time, the world seems a kinder place under the gentle glow of Christmas lights.

As the year comes to a close and another lies just before us, we at Bren-Mar are grateful for all our blessings and those who share the journey with us. Your friendship, loyalty and business is what helped to make 2015 a successful year. As we look forward to the coming year, we believe in the goodness of life around us and the prosperity the New Year can bring.

It is our hope that all can share in the real joys of the season and find peace in the presence of one another, safekeeping and warmth in your homes, and faith in a world of greater kindness for the whole yearlong.

Happy Holidays

Brent Williams and the Bren-Mar Team

Gather with Gratitude

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Every year towards the end of November, the whole country pauses – if only for a day – in a moment of gratitude. We stop and reflect on the things we are grateful for, which are rarely ‘things’ and often people and relationships: friends, family, neighbors and even pets.

Gathering together to celebrate Thanksgiving may be an annual tradition but the gratitude we recognize on this day carries throughout the entire year. As we join our family and friends around the table, it is our sincere hope that we will savor every moment shared. Between passing side dishes and pies, may we all take the day to reflect on the blessings we have throughout the year.

May all your turkeys be cooked to perfection and surrounded with plentiful sides – Happy Thanksgiving!

Brent Williams and the Bren-Mar Team

All Things Spooky

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Is your space so spooky it looks decorated for Halloween? Let us help eliminate some of the fright that can come along with a renovation project.

The Bren-Mar Team ain’t afraid of no ghosts…or bats, or cobwebs, or project of any size. If you don’t know where to start we can help by putting together a team of the best design professionals in the industry – they’re so good, it’s almost scary!

A safe and happy Halloween,

Brent Williams & The Bren-Mar Team

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!

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