Focus on Client Satisfaction Continues

Mark Duran, from Holy Cross Children’s Services is our latest winner randomly chosen from those that responded to our online Client Satisfaction Survey which was recently distributed to our clients who had projects completed during the first quarter of 2017. Mark, we appreciate your feedback! Ensuring we meet the expectations of our clients will continue to be the focus of our business. Future contests will continue each quarter, watch your email for your chance to win! Thank you to all that participated.

Focused on Client Satisfaction

Recently, as part of an ongoing effort to ensure client satisfaction, Wolverine Fire Protection awarded a $100 Visa gift card to Mr. Mehul Shah, of General Chemical Corporation. Mehul, was chosen at random from our recent clients that responded to our online survey. To be eligible for future giveaways, simply click the link at the top of our homepage entitled “Client Satisfaction Survey” and let us know how we performed on your project, or watch your email in the near future for a link. Future winners will be chosen each quarter. Congratulations Mehul! We appreciate your feedback.

Wolverine Receives Construction Excellence Award

BUILD Magazine has recently awarded Wolverine Fire Protection Co. with a Construction Excellence Award. BUILD basis this national award on suitability, profitability, ethics, and quality of service.

Wolverine’s project at 75 Rockerfeller Plaza is expected to open later this year….

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Taking 125K SF at RXR’s 75 Rock (Commercial Observer)

With months to go before RXR Realty opens up the new and improved 75 Rockefeller Plaza, the landlord now has several floors in the re purposed office tower spoken for.

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management will move to the 623,000-square-foot building between West 51st and West 52nd Streets, Commercial Observer has learned. The investment and wealth management company, which was acquired by Bank of America in 2009 as a result of the financial crisis, will occupy 125,000 square feet on the second through fifth floors of 75 Rock. The deal officially closed today, according to a source familiar with the transaction.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but the source described the lease as “long term.” Midtown asking rents during the first three months of the year averaged about $81 per square foot, according to a first-quarter 2016 Colliers International report.

Merrill Lynch, one of the largest wealth management firms, currently leases a similar amount of space at 717 Fifth Avenue between East 55th and East 56th Streets, according to CoStar Group. The firm has been based at the SL Green Realty Corp.-owned building since 1998.

Robert Alexander, Ryan Alexander, Ramneek Rikhy and Emily Jones of CBRE represented the tenant, while Bruce Mosler, Tara Stacom and Mikael Nahmias of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord. Brokers on both sides of the deal did not immediately return requests for comment via spokespeople. William Elder, who oversees RXR’s New York City division, confirmed the lease signing, but declined to comment further.

RXR entered a 99-year triple-net lease with the British billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed in June 2013 to take control of the building, as CO reported at the time. Anchor tenant Time Warner Cable left the building by 2014, allowing it to become fully vacant. Since then, the new landlord has embarked on a $150 million renovation of the 1947 building originally developed as offices for the Esso oil company owned by the Rockefeller family.

As work finishes up, 75 Rock is expected to begin opening later this year. American Girl, the pricey doll brand made by Mattel, announced in May that it signed a 40,000-square-foot deal for the majority of the building’s retail component, as CO previously reported. The retailer will roughly double its size when it opens there next fall, moving from 609 Fifth Avenue between East 48th and East 49th Streets.

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Wolverine Fire Protection Co. recruits veterans through new Veterans in Piping “VIP” Program at Fort Sill.

This year, the Veterans in piping program began at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to assist veterans with the transition from Active Duty into skilled-trade employment under the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act to Hire Heroes.

Throughout this training, Fort Sill Service members built upon their military training and experience to further develop their skills for the high-demand fire protection trade. The program is helping fill a nationwide need for skilled labor in the workforce, and is providing a positive re-entry into civilian life for those who have served our country. After completion of the 18-week accelerated sprinkler fitter training, these soldiers are placed directly into apprenticeship careers up to one year ahead of their civilian counterparts. The United Association facilitates a direct-hand off into its nationally recognized apprenticeship program at any of its 300 local unions nationwide. This guarantees the soldier a living wage, future job training, full health and retirement benefits and a promising career in the piping industry. All training is paid for entirely by the UA and its industry partners at no cost to participants.

Through this program, and Union 669, Wolverine Fire Protection Co. was introduced to recent program graduates SPC Troy Reed, and SPC Andrew English. Mr. English will soon be supporting the firms current project needs in Oklahoma, while Mr. Reed will be supporting efforts from the firm’s Headquarters in Mt. Morris, MI.  Troy and Andrew, we would like to thank you for your service, and we are honored to have you join our team!

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Wolverine Fire Protection Co. adds to National Client List; Continues to Expand Relationships with Existing…

Westfield Century City, Los Angeles, California Wolverine Fire Protection Co. is excited to be providing fire protection services to Westfield Corporation in support of the $800M transformation of their Century City development located in Los Angeles, California. This revitalization includes transforming their current property into a 1.2 Million sq. ft. iconic global retail landmark featuring over 200 luxury, contemporary and international designer brands, a new three-level flagship Nordstrom, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale’s, modern new two-level Macy’s, as well as the West Coast’s first Eataly. Underscoring Westfield’s commitment to continued economic growth in the City as well, this revitalization of Westfield Century City will create approximately 10,000 new permanent retail and construction jobs, and is projected to generate $1.4 billion in economic output. Century City is scheduled to open in 2017, for additional information or to take a virtual tour of the new development, please visit: http://www.westfield.com/centurycity/center-info/development/vision/

Mohegan Sun Earth Hotel, Uncasville, Connecticut. This $120 Million project, creating over 2,000 local jobs, is one of the many investments that the Mohegan Tribe has invested in this community. The new 14 story hotel w/basement features a tunnel connector to the Casino and Parking Garage scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. WFP is proud to be providing complete fire protection services including fire pump package with 2 combo standpipe/sprinkler risers. For additional information, or to check out the live construction feed, please visit: https://mohegansun.com/hotel-spa-and-golf/earth-hotel.html

Yale Center for the British Arts, New Haven, Connecticut. WFP is proud to be actively involved in the second phase of construction currently underway at this Center. Upon completion, the renovation will allow the Center’s renowned collection of more than five centuries of British Art to be experienced in the building as Louis I. Kahn originally envisioned it, bringing vital systems, spaces, and amenities with the Center to State of the Art standards (the first of its kind in the United States). WFP provided demolition services of the existing fire pump package, and is providing and installing a complete new Peerless 1000 gpm fire pump package while the space is partially occupied. Additional information can be found at: http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture/building-conservation-project

Wolverine has also recently extended its relationship with McCarthy Mortenson in support of a new ~700,000 gsf Research Facility in Kansas intended to conduct comprehensive research, develop vaccines and anti-virals, and provide enhanced diagnostic capabilities to protect our country from numerous foreign animal, zoonotic and emerging diseases. Additional information can be found at: http://mcmjv.com/about-the-project/

Wolverine began work in Florida with Bombardier Learjet in 2008, and has expanded both its service offerings and support geographically to Bombardier. Wolverine is currently supporting Bombardier in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Arizona and Connecticut with inspections, testing and maintenance, hangar upgrades, fire alarm systems, etc.

Michigan State University, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), East Lansing, Michigan: FRIB will be a new scientific user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Currently under construction on campus, and operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes—short lived nuclei no longer found on Earth allowing scientists to get a better understanding of the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. This facility is another project that WFP is proud to be a part of. WFP has been successfully providing fire protection and related services on MSU campuses for the last decade.

For additional information please visit: http://www.frib.msu.edu/about

75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY. WFP is currently providing temporary fire protection to this historic existing building in New York.

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