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AVB was formed in 1981 by Joe Gesmundo and Daryl Rynd. Daryl was a carpenter known for his focus on quality and his attention to detail. Joe was a developer devoted to creating first-rate developments integrated with nature. Together, the principals collaborated on the Kalamazoo area’s premier master-planned community – Woodbridge Hills. This visionary mixed-use community includes a retail center, medical and surgical buildings, office buildings, condominiums and upscale private residences and a private golf course.
Today AVB is a leading regional construction and development firm, offering expertise in both residential and commercial new construction, major remodeling projects, and real estate development.
AVB’s commercial construction portfolio includes the Brain and Spine Institute and the Stryker Center at Ascension Borgess Medical Center, the Stryker Corporation World Headquarters, Portage Northern High School, the AIA award winning Newell Rubbermaid International Design Center, Consumers Credit Union Headquarters and the Western View on-campus student housing at Western Michigan University to name a few. Significant renovation projects include the Green Building of America Award-winning Educational Community Credit Union on 9th Street, Cole Nissan dealership in Kalamazoo, Ascension Borgess at Woodbridge Hills South, Kalamazoo Maple Stree YMCA, and the Ignertia Building brownfield redevelopment project in downtown Kalamazoo.
AVB’s development portfolio includes over a billion dollars’ worth of projects in Southwest Michigan. These projects include Woodbridge Hills, Oakland Hills, The Homestead, Barrington Shores, Greenspire, The Marshes, Whisper Rock, Bridgeview at Angels Crossing, and Hidden Lake – communities that include hundreds of single family homes. As well as commercial developments such as Corner @ Drake in Kalamazoo, Westgate in Portage, and the Trace Centre in Portage – communities that include restaurant, retail and office establishments. AVB creates projects that create a sense of place that we stand behind, and deliver excellent value for both the short and long-term client.
Building better communities comes not only through great projects, but from a commitment to community service. AVB and our employees are active supporters of many organizations in greater Kalamazoo. AVB employees serve on the boards of 16 non-profit organizations in Kalamazoo County, and team members are involved in volunteer efforts and public service through a variety of community organizations. Take a look around, you will see us out and about, running, walking, cheering, donating, calling, and engaging; giving our best to further enhance the fine communities in which we live and work.
Our history as an environmentally-conscious builder and developer has become the foundation of our commitment to sustainability. A quick tour of any AVB project clearly shows our focus on being stewards of our earth. Creating projects that are integrated with nature is simply part of our DNA. Several of AVB’s staff have earned LEED® AP status. We have constructed a number of projects with a sustainable focus including several which have achieved LEED certification. We encourage clients to consider the full range of energy efficient opportunities when designing and constructing their project. We are a leader in building Energy Star, Green Built and HERS rated and certified homes. Our homes are consistently built 30% – 50% more energy efficient than required by the latest energy codes. We consistently employ minimally-intrusive site staging to minimize site disturbance. Conscientious practices are used on all jobsites to promote energy savings, sustainability, and conservation.
United States Green Building Council
Home Builders Association of West Michigan
National Association of Home Builders
Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors
Michigan Association of Realtors
National Association of Realtors
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