Featured Article: New Chrysler Dealership for Fieldhouse Motors
Hamstra Group, Inc. recently completed a new Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership for Fieldhouse Ford, a mainstay in the DeMotte area for more than 50 years. Owner Ron Fieldhouse approached our team to construct the 17,000-square-foot showroom and service facility. Our team also partnered with Ron in 1987 to construct his original Ford dealership building, returning in 2016 to modernize that facility.
“[Chrysler] contacted us to see if we were interested. We just had an opportunity,” said Jay Fieldhouse, who described the existence of a “hole in the map” since the closest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealerships are in Cedar Lake and Highland. “It’s unusual for us as a Ford dealership. It’s a big move for us to take on. It was a big decision.” Now, Fieldhouse can provide local buyers more choices when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle.
The project presented its fair share of challenges. Located at 1420 South Halleck Street in DeMotte, Indiana, the dealership sits on a busy commercial thoroughfare. Managing material deliveries
and construction, all while ensuring the safety and comfort of Fieldhouse Motors customers was of utmost importance…
Featured Article: New KFC Design is Eye-Poppin' Good
Hamstra at Helm for Nine New Remodels
At today’s fast food restaurants, not only does the food come fast, but continuous improvement efforts also elicit frequent store design changes.
The Hamstra Group has a ringside seat for KFC’s latest remodel. Our company was hired to handle the remodel of nine KFC stores in northwest Indiana for Crown Point-based TR Foods, Inc. Restaurants in Demotte, Griffith, Hessville, and Schererville have been completed. After the holidays, stores in Crown Point, Hammond, Lowell, Merrillville, and Munster will get an interior makeover, with exterior work slated for spring.
The interior and exterior remodel is part of a full brand overhaul that includes everything from advertising to store design. It’s a cost-effective retrofit program that refreshes the brand environment, creating a bold and modern design that appeals to today’s customers while paying homage to the legacy of Colonel Sanders, the restaurant’s founder…
Featured Article: Hamstra Finishes $2 Million Frankfort Airport Project
Final work is underway at the Frankfort Municipal Airport, three miles west of Frankfort in Clinton County, Indiana. The Hamstra Group was part of the team for a $2 million building and renovation project designed to improve air transportation facilities for local businesses and the surrounding community.
Hamstra project manager Curt Albertson and staff worked with the architects and owners on value engineering, and completing the project in phases as the airport received funds to complete each phase of the work. In 2017, the shell of the building, the majority of the exterior work, and the hangar area were finished. The main terminal building is expected to be finished and ready for occupancy in the fall.
The terminal building is a preengineered CECO steel building with 3-inch insulated sandwich wall panels, a standing seam roof, and large aluminum storefront windows for viewing the runways. The hangar, a 12,000 square foot structure with a 29-foot-high by 110-footwide hangar door, features an epoxy floor in the hangar area, a two-story office area, and modern tile carpet finishes…
In 2015, the Grand Rapids, Michigan headquarters of Reformed Church in America [RCA] adopted a new 15 year “Leadership Communities” strategic vision. While that vision—about new ways
to serve churches—would entail change, what would also be required was additional space.
The leaders at RCA knew and respected Wilbert Hamstra, founder and CEO emeritus of The Hamstra Group, and invited the company’s assistance. “Wilb has been a friend for many years,
and is someone I trust and respect,” said Paul Boice, CEO of RCA. “He is also a faithful member of the RCA. We asked The Hamstra Group to make a proposal and we liked what the design team presented.”
“Greg Hamstra [current president and CEO], like Wilb, walked through this project with us, and used the impressive Hamstra Group talents to build an exceptional Ministry Center that will bless
so many within the Reformed Church and the community,” added RCA Director of Development Ken Neevel….
Featured Article: The Job of a Lifetime - Larry Minter and Karl Whitaker Retire After Decades of Stellar Service
Larry Minter was a fresh-faced 20-year-old in 1970 when he started his career at The Hamstra Group. Karl Whitaker was a mere 17 when he was hired as a backhoe operator in 1969. Both of them were deemed old enough to work hard, but not yet eligible to vote (until passage of the 26th Amendment in 1971, the U.S. voting age was 21).
Now both men—elder statesmen at The Hamstra Group with decades of accomplishments under their tool belts—are retiring from the only company that’s claimed their allegiance and benefited from their years of dedicated service.
“Larry and Karl helped build this company,” says Greg Hamstra, president and CEO. “These guys started at the bottom, learned everything there was to know, and mastered the art and science of construction like pros. They helped us build millions and millions of dollars’ worth of commercial, industrial, and governmental buildings and facilities. We’re going to miss them.” ….
Featured Article: Hamstra Had the Right Prescription for This Medical Clinic Renovation
The Leestma Medical Clinic, an established family osteopathic medical practice located in DeMotte, Indiana, needed more space—and a brand new look. And The Hamstra Group had the right prescription for a renovation that provided more comfort, more color, and more clout when it comes to street level publicity for the clinic.
It took seven months to integrate the existing offices with additional newly purchased space and to refurbish the now 4,410-square-foot facility, which offers adult and pediatric medical care, wellness exams, chronic disease management, and preventative medicine, as well as other services.
Hamstra completely gutted the new space, and started from scratch with a new layout to improve function and flow. The scope of work included new finishes, floor, and wall tile; painted exposed ceilings; and Alpolic metal panels on the new exterior tower element. Because the floor heights were different between the existing space and the new, Hamstra built sloped ramps between the buildings…
Featured Article: Hamstra Group Gets A+ for New Discovery Charter School Construction
Officials and staff at Discovery Charter gave The Hamstra Group top grades for its construction of a new facility for the school.
After initial contact in December 2015, a contract was in place by January 2016, with construction completion set for the end of the school’s Christmas break in January 2017. But Hamstra’s team “got its book report in early” so to speak. The new Discovery Charter facility was able to open early to students and staff in November 2016.
Located in Porter, Indiana, Discovery Charter currently serves 518 students. A growing school, it needed more room, as well as upgrades to existing spaces….
Featured Article: Milling for a New Era: Hamstra Group Builds Pre-Mix Plant for Belstra
Belstra Milling Company, Inc. is a fixture in northwest Indiana. Founded in 1954, it has for decades served as the primary custom feed mixer for livestock and poultry producers in the region. Once the purveyor of Purina products, the DeMotte, Indiana firm later created proprietary “Action Feeds” and is today widely known for innovative ideas and its milling and mixing capabilities.
The Hamstra Group has a long history with Belstra and has helped it to expand operations over the years. The most recent project—a brand new pre-mix plant for the production of feed for local dairy farms—was proof that teamwork and trusting relationships are a recipe for success…
Featured Article: The Hamstra Group Builds A New Church For A New Era
The Hamstra Group has built many churches, but its most recent—First Reformed Church in DeMotte, Indiana—should stand the test of time. This church features the amenities and room for growth that typify many modern churches, and in delightfully creative ways.
While the motivations for attending church have changed little in the past centuries, the facilities that animate today’s churches are multiple and flexible. First Reformed Church was not designed
merely for brief services on Sunday mornings, but as a gathering place with active programs in outreach and community every week of the year.
Personal Reflections from Wilbert Hamstra
“I have attended First Church since my childhood and grew up in this church. I was involved in the leadership and was on the board for 25 years or more. My wife and I were also youth sponsors for about 12 years. It has been a big part of my life and my growth in my faith because of the church…
Featured Article: Hamstra Group at the Helm for DeMotte Building Boom
For The Hamstra Group, 2016 started with a bang as several new construction projects got underway in DeMotte, Indiana.
In fact, the five projects are all located along a five mile stretch of State Road 10 and State Road 231 in a bucolic community known for both its bustling entrepreneurial businesses and its successful agricultural operations.
First up was the new 40,000-squarefoot First Church project. The contemporary design/build plans for a beautiful sanctuary—and meeting rooms, offices, and community space—were completed by Hamstra. Groundbreaking and construction started while the snow was still flying; the first service was held on May 1.
Modernization of Fieldhouse Ford, for which The Hamstra Group constructed the original building 30 years ago, was next. In addition to updates suggested by Ford to maintain corporate homogeneity across the breadth of its national showrooms, the refurbished facility will boast a quick lane service area, newly remodeled showroom, and an expanded shop area…