President of A.R. Brouwer Steve Brouwer (center) during the Open House and ribbon cutting of A.R. Brouwer on May 16. Photo provided by A.R. Brouwer

By: Seth Kinker,

 With the beginning of summer comes the beginning of construction and A.R. Brouwer, a commercial construction company in Dexter, MI., is embracing the change of seasons.

On May 16 A.R. Brouwer celebrated its 20thAnniversary, welcoming over 150 guests to their new location in Dexter. In November of 2017, A.R. Brouwer moved into the old Dexter Bowl-N-Bar, also formerly Katie’s, renovating the space to be their new offices as the company continues to grow and expand. 

“With the uniqueness of the building, the barreled roof and the trusses, it just seemed like a really good fit,” said Jodi Trisdale, Marketing Manager for A.R. Brouwer. “A unique character to it, a lot of potentials. And being in the commercial construction industry (owner) Steve (Brouwer) could really vision something exciting.”


A.R. Brouwer kept part of the building’s past, using some bowling alley lanes as flooring in parts of the new offices.

A company that is heavily involved in the local community, the May 16 open house involved a ribbon cutting attended by the Dexter and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chambers of Commerce, catered by local businesses with a fundraiser for the Dexter Community Fund. The Dexter Community Fund gives back to the community with various non-profits and other organizations.

After committing to matching funds up to $2,500, A.R. Brouwer upped their contribution to $5,000 after raising just shy of $4,000, and over the next couple of years will balance out the donations to make it an even $5,000.

An overview view of the Grandview Commons, a multi-year project that A.R. Brouwer kicked off earlier this year. Photo provided by A.R. Brouwer.

The open house was the also a kick off for the Grandview Commons, a 76-unit condominium that began in April. Realtors from around the area and mortgage companies in attendance were able to hear about the developments and see the four different condo layouts in a conference room at the new offices.

A.R. Brouwer is tackling a large number of projects this year. They just completed a three-story clubhouse for Toll Brothers in Ann Arbor and in addition to the Grandview project, other big projects for the summer include renovations on Aldi’s stores, plant expansion for Ube Machinery, and the construction of a new clubhouse for Scio Farms.

Grandview Commons will be the most lengthy project, a phased plan that will take a number of years to complete.

Check out the gallery below to see some of the projects that A.R. Brouwer is involved in.


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