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Featured Projects

We’re in the business of working together. We fabricated these featured projects to precisely fit within a larger scheme. Each material we used serves a purpose for the end product. Furthermore, the success of that end product depends on the close interactions between our people and our customers. Many of these projects involved working with contractors, architects, designers and end users. Because of this relationship with our clients, we gained a better understanding of what was needed and what we could do to accomplish the best end result.

From trust and troubleshooting, to respect and results. We call it collaborative craftsmanship at its best.

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Gun Lake Casino

This casino project leveraged our ability to provide a wide scope of custom millwork and decorative metals. Along with the millwork and metals, we also furnished the custom fabricated foodervice equipment. This included several hundred running feet of foodservice & buffet counters, as well as back of house stainless equipment. At 76,000 square feet and with a $76 million budget, the project truly highlights many of our capabilities. The custom millwork included wall paneling, columns, enormous ceiling features and decorative composite panels.  Our decorative metals scope included extensive mirror-polished metals that really stand out throughout this project, while seamlessly integrating into the millwork.  The 20,000 square foot buffet and dining area really showcases our talent in the foodservice industry. Our work is featured prominently in the high-limits area, buffet, 131 Bar and stage area, ceiling features and wall panels.

Food Service

University of Michigan
South Quad Food Service

This large cafeteria features 10 different dining themes and was a centerpiece of a $60 million renovation of the University’s South Quadrangle residences. Featuring blackened steel and blackened stainless steel finishes, as well as numerous reclaimed materials including tables made from repurposed bowling alley lanes, we are proud to have been an integral part of opening a facility used to feed more than four thousand meals each day.

Western Michigan University
Valley Dining Center

Along with the serving counters and kitchen equipment for the 9 “micro-restaurants” in the 61,000 square foot facility, we also provided a complete millwork package. As requested by the architect, we engineered and supplied a decorative wall of real antique fruit crates, curated from our own beautiful agricultural region, as well as numerous finishes incorporating reclaimed wood and other re-purposed materials. The $36 million facility seats over 1,000 patrons and employs nearly 300, and was opened in 2016.

Airports and Airlines

Decorative metals and millwork

Airports and Airlines

Great Lakes Stainless has quietly been fabricating custom architectural fixtures for airports and airlines around the country. The airport industry has provided us with challenging designs, rigid construction methods and oftentimes, a tight time frame. From our estimating department, to our craftsmen on the floor we take pride in providing these fixtures. Among the millwork items that we have provided are ticket counters, check-in counters, and decorative architectural elements.  Along with millwork, we have also provided the decorative and protective metals that are extremely important to an airport’s design and function. The pictures below are a small selection of some of the custom components that we have provided for the aviation industry.


Custom Outdoor BBQ/Grill

This is the kind of project we love to see come through the shop. This stainless grill and smoker combo was constructed for Shugart Construction for a high-end lakefront residence. With only preliminary pictures and rough design ideas, we completed design and fabrication in less than 4 weeks! The project included a smoker, with insulated double-pan top and counter weight for lifting, and adjustable coal bed for perfect heat control. The custom design features accent the northern Michigan backdrop and add a modern touch to the classic stonework.

Special Projects

Custom Small Projects

Some of our favorite projects to roll through the shop are the one-off custom design projects. While they are often the most challenging, they offer the reward of bringing a customer’s vision to life, as well as showcasing the craftsmanship of our workforce. What can Great Lakes Stainless build for you? Click an image below to learn more.