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Story #59Bazzani Building CompanyGrand Rapids, MI

We don’t just design and build green, we live it.

Communities are living, breathing organisms. For them to grow and prosper, we need to care for them properly and make sure they are healthy – economically, socially, and environmentally. In 1983, Guy Bazzani founded Bazzani Building Company in Grand Rapids, Mich., to do just that. Bazzani designs and builds high-performance green buildings within diverse urban neighborhoods, with the goal of revitalizing communities and inspiring local businesses to collaborate and thrive.

Bazzani followed in the footsteps of his father, also an entrepreneurial builder, and saw the industry as a way to improve his neighborhood of Grand Rapids and others like it. “I decided to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.” In ten years, they have turned a largely abandoned, boarded up neighborhood into one of the most desirable,“ and by doing so,” says Bazzani, “we’ve inspired other developers to participate and consider this a hip neighborhood.”

“The construction and development business is a lot of destruction before you get to something constructive,” Bazzani explains. Bazzani Building Company approaches their work as giving back rather than taking away. They make sure to preserve historic buildings, and incorporate their green buildings into existing communities, making them healthier places to live and play.

Bazzani Associates’ dedication to sustainable living is evident not only in their work but in the way Guy Bazzani runs his business. In 2014 they were certified as an official B Corporation, a result of meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. What’s more, they were awarded the “Best for the World” designation by B Corp. by earning a score in the top 10 percent globally – no small feat for a small business based out of Grand Rapids.

Despite the recognition, nothing makes Bazzani happier than the relationships he’s built and the positive growth he’s witnessed in the community.

“As a small business owner, you rely on the close relationships you build. You build them well, and you hope they last through the rough times. And they certainly have for us.”

 

Photos by Christina Clusiau

  • Brian Wolters of Bazzani Building Company visits one of the company’s current projects, a building being designed and built in a small town between Grand Rapids and Detroit, Mich.

  • “As a small business owner, you rely on the close relationships you build,” says Guy Bazzani of Bazzani Building Company. You build them well, and you hope they last through the rough times. And they certainly have for us.”

  • Nicholas Occhipinti of West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) stands on their green roof. The council’s offices are housed in a building designed and built by Bazzani in Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • The Green Well is another local business designed and built by Bazzani in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition to Grand Rapids, Bazzani has expanded their work into other Michigan towns like Owosso, Boyne City, Paw Paw, Three Rivers, and downtown Detroit.

  • Fouad Catrib, owner of Marie Catrib’s restaurant, which was designed and built by Bazzani in Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Marie Catrib’s, a beloved restaurant in Grand Rapids, Mich., that Bazzani Building Company designed and built.

  • All City Kicks, one of the businesses that Bazzani Building Company designed and built in Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Guy Bazzani of Bazzani Building Company says that his happiest moments as a small business owner are “when people stop me on the street and thank me for revitalizing their community. I still have to hold back the tears. I just get choked up, I’m humbled by it.”

  • Bazzani Building Company was recently certified as an official B Corporation, a result of meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Not only that, but they earned the Best for the World designation scoring in the top 10 percent globally.

  • Guy Bazzani of Bazzani Building Company at work in their Grand Rapids, Mich. office. Bazzani sees responsible businesses as “a vehicle for improving the economic, social, and environmental health of the communities we serve.”

  • Guy Bazzani of Bazzani Building Company works with his partner, Peter Skornia, at their office in Grand Rapids, Mich. When designing and building projects, Bazzani always makes sure to preserve historic buildings, and add their green buildings into existing communities-- making them healthier places to live and play.

  • In just ten years, Bazzani Building Company was able to turn the largely abandoned and boarded up Grand Rapids neighborhood into one of the area’s most desirable. Bazzani’s work has inspired other developers and local businesses to participate, collaborate, and thrive in this revitalized space.

  • Guy Bazzani of Bazzani Building Company in Grand Rapids, Mich. Bazzani founded his small business in 1983 with the goal of revitalizing diverse urban communities through green building. “I decided to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.”

Business Details

Proprietor: Guy Bazzani
959 Wealthy St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
PH: 616-774-2002 / Website
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