GMB Celebrates Reopening of Hybrid Workspace and Learning Hub in Holland
GMB, a professional services firm focused on the educational market, has reopened their newly renovated hybrid workspace and Learning Hub in Holland on the second floor of 85 East Eighth Street. Stepping away from traditional office space, GMB’s goal for Learning Hubs is to create an experiential place for both clients and employees that’s more than a place to do work — it’s a place to exchange knowledge, to learn together, and from each other. GMB employs an integrated team that provides planning, architecture, engineering, branding, and enrollment marketing services to educational institutions, holistically impacting how they maximize their learner success.
GMB has been a prominent fixture in downtown Holland since 1968, when the firm was originally founded. GMB has occupied the space on 8th street for more than 20 years and has undergone several renovations as the firm’s progressed and grown. GMB embraces a flexible workplace as part of this evolution, and this latest transformation offers a unique space for GMB’s employees to connect their work in education design and planning to the new ways of navigating work and learning.
“As GMB continues to expand our services and our team, it was essential that our spaces reflect the exciting changes happening within our organization,” said David Bolt, CEO and President of GMB. “Our newly renovated Learning Hub blends more than 50 years of history with a contemporary environment that embraces the future of work. We look forward to welcoming our teams and clients into a dynamic environment that fosters creativity, flexibility, and collaboration."
The Learning Hub includes diverse workspaces ranging from a workshop supporting experimentation through making, group learning and meeting spaces, and focused work areas to support a broad set of needs. Robust technology throughout the hub blends in-person and virtual connections, extending team collaboration beyond geographic locations. Individuals can use an app to sign into the Learning Hub on days they will be physically present and can reserve a space for the kind of work best fits their day-to-day schedule, whether that’s a desk with monitors, a small meeting room, or a less structured workshop space. GMB’s Learning Hub spaces are also available to reserve for clients, students, and community education opportunities.
GMB has worked on many education projects in the Holland area with partners at Hope College, Holland Christian Schools, Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland Public Schools and more. Other notable projects in Holland that GMB has designed include Lakeshore Advantage’s new Next Center, renovations to the Holland Civic Center, Window on the Waterfront Parks new skating rink, and the Sally Smoly Nature Playscape.
GMB has celebrated several milestones in recent months including the acquisition of Up&Up Agency, an uplifting marketing leader specializing in higher education, as part of the firm’s growth strategy. The comprehensive team has grown to include nearly 200 employees with four additional hub locations in Grand Rapids and Royal Oak, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Greenville, South Carolina.
GMB held a formal ribbon cutting on January 23rd to celebrate the reopening with employees and members of the West Coast Chamber.
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