WE ARE

HOUSING INNOVATORS

We design & build spaces for the 21st century. We offer a suite of intelligent home furnishings —moving walls, wall beds, kitchen islands that go from coffee table to counter heights, built in cabinetry and more —that give spaces maximum functionality and flexibility.

With these products, our team works with clients to make their spaces more efficient, adaptable, elegant, and intelligent than they would be using conventional furniture solutions.

What we do

Space Optimization

URBANEER space optimization experts help clients make the most of their spaces. Whether you want to add a room to your home, or add units to a multifamily development, we can help you make the most out of your space.

Interior Fit-Out

We engineer flexible space solutions that integrate our own products with third party elements to provide a complete fit-out. We can provide single product installation to a full white-box build out of a housing unit. We strive for common fit and finish.

Product Development

Want something we don’t have? Our team of product designers and engineers
are experts at product prototyping and development.

Our end-to-end sales process handles design, manufacturing, and installation, shortening and simplifying development time.

By leveraging technology, we can offer a lean approach to produce high quality, mass customized products and solutions delivered at scale no matter your project’s size or stage.

Our Story

In 1996 URBANEER founder Bruce Thompson was working as part of the Internet launch team for MCI Telecommunications which at the time managed over 60% of the Internet backbone. Bruce worked along-side a world-class engineering team led by Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet Protocol (IP). Vint had a mantra – ‘IP on Everything’ – which articulated his vision that ultimately everything would be connected to the Internet. Soon after, Bruce and his family moved to Europe and lived in Munich and then
Barcelona. In Munich they were introduced to compact living…and portable kitchens! Bruce found it interesting that renters and homeowners brought their kitchen with them when they moved into a new home.  

Inspired, Bruce started thinking about how living spaces could be impacted by the digitization of our daily lives, urban
migration patterns and social trends. He began to research other points in history when advancements in technology had influenced the design of physical space and found that the most recent shift was 100 years ago with the introduction of telephony, electricity, broadcast communications and automobile transportation networks. During this time homes were re-imagined taking advantage of the changes that these technologies presented

Today, we are in another exciting era of innovation that has the potential to radically transform how we live. URBANEER was born to increase the productivity of spaces where we live, work, heal and play. Through adaptable furnishings and fixtures with embedded intelligence URBANEER delivers life
changing spaces where less lives like more.

If you are interested in bringing your space into the 21st century, contact us and find out what we can do for you.

OUR TEAM

Our team brings brings together decades of experience
in the development, technology, architectural, and other industries.

President, Cofounder

Bruce Thompson

Bruce Thompson has a long career vigorously building and growing technology companies. Bruce’s has worked on corporate development for a host of groundbreaking companies such as  MCI Telecommunications, where he helped launched the first large scale e-commerce service, and Proxicom, an Internet systems integration firm that grew from $8M to over $220M. Among other positions, Bruce was a partner in MAPA Group, a Washington D.C. based business development firm that helped launched alternative energy and green building initiatives. Most recently, Bruce served as VP of Corporate Development at Rockford Construction, where he met URBANEER cofounder Mike VanGessel. Bruce has lived in three countries and five states, but proudly resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and two sons.

Cofounder

Mike Vangessel

Cofounder Mike VanGessel brings thirty years of real estate development, construction, and management to the URBANEER team. Mike is best known as a founding partner of Rockford Construction, one of the Top 400 Contractors in the nation that has completed 4,200 projects totaling more than $3.8 billion. Mike is a Grand Rapids native with strong ties to the community and serves on many corporate and nonprofit boards. He is also a frequently requested speaker in the community and helps many organizations with capital campaigns and strategic planning.

What are your goals?

We’re driven to understand everything about your project so we can meet every need and simplify the entire process so you can deliver on time and on budget every time.

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