Project Description

What was previously an 80-year-old funeral parlor is now one of Grand Rapids most popular farmhouse-inspired craft breweries. Brewery Vivant was also the first LEED microbrewery in the world.

This renovation transformed a funeral parlor, daycare center, and car repair shop into a restaurant and full manufacturing brewery in the East Hills Neighborhood. The new 5,000 sq ft interior features limestone archways, walnut booths, and a dramatic arched-shape bar which is complemented by a stained glass window rising behind it. Oak paneled columns and a vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses complete the interior.

A connected 10,000 sq ft barrel-roofed building that once housed a car repair shop contains the brewery. The European-styled beer garden offers outdoor service during warmer months. The project received its LEED Silver certification in 2012.

Project Details

  • Project location:
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Project size:
    15,000 sq ft
  • Completion:
    December 2010
  • Assignment:
    Construction Manager
  • Architect:
    Cornerstone Architects