Colliers West Michigan helps World Renew secure new building for expanded services
BYRON CENTER, Mich. — A West Michigan-based nonprofit has a new global headquarters in Byron Center after working with Colliers West Michigan to secure the new space.
World Renew works to end global poverty through food security, economic livelihoods, peace building and health, working in 31 countries around the world. It also repairs homes after natural disasters, and provides shelter, food and clean water to people who have lost their homes in hurricanes, floods, wars and other disasters.
World Renew moved into its new headquarters at 8970 Byron Commerce Dr. SW, a 31,000-square-foot building, after working with Kristen Moore, senior associate at Colliers West Michigan, to find the right space for the nonprofit.
“We are a unique client, with both office space and warehouse needs, and Colliers and Kristen quickly grasped the mission and values of World Renew and looked for spaces that would be right for us,” said Carol Bremer-Bennett, director at World Renew. “Now our staff will be able to do this important work so much more effectively.”
World Renew was previously working out of two separate spaces after expanding its services due to the large demand caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some staff were in the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s headquarters on 28th Street, while others were working out of an office on 76th Street. Now, staff will be able to work together in one space that meets all their needs. In the warehouse, World Renew will be able to store supplies for setting up volunteer work sites, and staff will work face-to-face to generate ideas and be more innovative, Bremer-Bennett said.
The building also allows space for a woodshop where volunteers can construct items to be installed in homes in other locations and can learn more about carpentry before going into the field.
The building, built by Pinnacle Construction, was a blank slate, so World Renew could customize it to fit the nonprofit’s needs. It also has about 6,500 square feet of space that World Renew will rent out to another tenant, creating a revenue stream.
“This new building is right-sized for World Renew and its future,” Moore said. “It’s streamlined and efficient, with room for World Renew’s offices, supply storage and volunteer training. It was an honor to work with a nonprofit organization with such an important mission in today’s world, and Colliers is always happy to find the perfect space for clients that will help them continue and expand their work.”
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