The Foundry embraces its history while meeting the needs of today’s collaborative, office environment. The interior was designed to encourage interaction amongst the tenants—large shared conference spaces, kitchen and common area, and patio—while still providing them their own ample office suite. Multiple tours and events in the building increased awareness of The Foundry and it became the hottest new office building in town. The four tenant spaces were quickly filled and a concierge was hired to coordinate and maintain the shared space which are also available for external groups to rent.
Since its location is slightly removed from the primary business district, a local restaurant was included in the design and occupies the original foundry. The restaurant, 600 Kitchen & Bar, design incorporated many of the original features of the foundry—crane rails, crank and wheel operators, and the original exposed brick—and the has become one of Kalamazoo’s top restaurants. The addition of the Foundry and 600 Kitchen & Bar brought new life, interest, and excitement to an area of downtown that had been neglected and is now seen as an area of opportunity and growth.