The Ada Christian School Outdoor Education project consists of a 2,591 square foot outdoor education classroom addition with an attached 586 square foot greenhouse space. Ada Christian School developed a comprehensive Outdoor Education program along with the greenhouse space designed to allow natural light and for outdoor projects to be brought in and explored. Several ponds were created to promote diverse aquatic environments, and historically accurate Native American and American Pioneer dwellings were constructed in addition to an educational barn auditorium. The new spaces created by the program provide daily hands-on experience with nature for elementary students:- A 24’ by 24’ heated greenhouse with vented roof- intended to start and foster plant growth and study- 136 linear feet of raised beds in mobile hoop houses to dramatically extend the growing season- Covered but open air learning spaces- Permanent and Vernal ponds to promote and accommodate diverse aquatic environments from amphibians to waterfowl- Michigan Native American dwellings and a cultural education area- Hand-hewn Michigan homestead/pioneer cabin with root cellar- Numerous pathways, raised bed gardens, two ponds, trees, sculptures and habitat tunnels- A natural prairie space room for prayer and contemplationThe greenhouse, being the most distinctive addition, is utilized in all seasons and heated for cooler temperatures, with a retractable, vented roof for warm days. The greenhouse willbe used to foster plant growth and study, bringing the outdoors closer to the classroom while simultaneously allowing natural light into the building.“These additions to the school grounds are to enhance the programs Ada Christian School has already been conducting. Heading outdoors leads to wonder and awe of our creation and, most importantly, our Creator. Through this project, Dan Vos Construction has built a great contribution to Ada Christian School and its students for generations to come.” - Melissa Brower, Ada Christian Principal
The Wayland church expansion includes a sanctuary, narthex and nursery. Upon completion of the new church, the existing facility was demolished. Our team coordinated with the church, donors and others to create features such as the stained glass window at the altar. The new church offers increased capacity for worship and upgraded amenities.
The tenant build out for Express Employment Professionals involved a relocation to an expanded tenant space and HVAC updates to the existing vacant space. The new office offers more space and fulfills a wish-list of items for a busy and growing staff;Client welcome areaReception area with new interior vestibuleTraining room and break out areasRest rooms and kitchen facilities11 Individual officesOpen office meeting stationsThis project included a complete demolition and exposure of existing roof structure. A re-build of the space was completed within two months.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ (LRBOI) new Governmental Center, located in Manistee, Michigan, centralizes the branches of government and consolidates departments. Charrettes with the Tribe resulted in multiple plans to achieve balance of tradition, function and convenience for visitors and employees. Initial design efforts focused on developing interiors that harmonize with the overall environment. LRBOI desired an interior design sensitive to Tribal cultural traditions without being stereotypical or maudlin. Thus, the design is notably sensitive to honoring Tribal heritage and culture. The result is unique, timeless, and reflective. The shape and design treatments infuse symbolism of the “Long House” of the Woodland Indians with extensive use of native Michigan materials. Earth, sky, water, fire and rock are evident in ceramics, skylights, waterfall, exposed timber and fire place/fire pit. The Governmental Center’s 54,000 square feet of interiors radiates with serenity and respect for the surrounding environment while welcoming Tribal members to enjoy their governmental center. Natural elements were incorporated to create the ambiance of meditating in the forest. The floors in public spaces are concrete tile symbolic of sand and stone. The reception area is detailed in a style that reflects the artistry of the Tribe with stained wood installed to look like abstract twigs. Murals of birch trees and a river bank welcome visitors at key entry points. Exam rooms include wood plank vinyl tile with soft blue green walls and leaf pattern upholstery on chairs. Elements that more specifically reflect the art, culture and respect for nature include basket weave wall cladding, river rock fire pits, earth tone paint colors, birch wood finishes and handcrafted ceramics. Background colors are inspired by animal hides; brighter accent colors inspired by beadwork. The result is a
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ (LRBOI) new Governmental Center, located in Manistee, Michigan, centralizes the branches of government while consolidating departments. Charrettes with the project’s Task Force resulted in multiple ideas and schematic plans, working to achieve balance of tradition, function and convenience for visitors and employees. Initial efforts focused on operations, development of an updated master plan and developing a building consistent with cultural traditions. LRBOI desired a central location, a campus-like layout and facilities to meet current and future needs. The goals: improved communication, operational efficiencies, and better service accessibility for tribal members. The design includes numerous low energy and sustainable features. Importantly, the design is sensitive to honoring Tribal heritage, consistent with its traditions and culture. The result is unique and timeless while reflecting tribal values and history. Building orientation, material selection and interior décor were inspired by these traditions. Culturally appropriate artistic and design treatments infuse symbolism of the “Long House” of the Woodland Indians and the resting eagle, with extensive use of native Michigan materials. Earth, sky, water, stone and fire are evident in ceramics, skylights, waterfall, fire place/fire pits and materials throughout. The Center’s 54,000 square feet uses the largest space for Little River Health offices, a Medicaid outpatient center of 11,000 square feet with health clinic, pharmacy and dental services. The new Center now centralizes executive, legislative and administrative departments. Design impact/benefits: Low Impact Design – stormwater management, rainwater catchment/reuse, permeable parking. Daylight sensors. Geothermal system with carbon air filtration (to allow “smudging” tradition). Key area skylights. Resource efficient plumbing. Modular glass walls, allowing flexibility and daylight interior spaces. Raised flooring system with underneath air, electric, and communications LRBOI’s goals were met – a beautiful, functional, efficient building sensitive to the Tribe’s cultural and historic heritage without being maudlin.
The Toasted Pickle is a design build project involving a build-out of a restaurant in Grand Haven, Michigan. The goal of the restaurant owner is to create a unique sandwich shop with a local farm to table flair. Dan Vos Construction teamed with Interior designer Amanda Huizinga to create a turn of the century industrial look.
For Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA), the use of a strong natural material as an inspirational design element in its own offices is a natural outgrowth of the firm’s philosophy of rigorous planning and creative design informed by a modern aesthetic and sustainable design principles. MMA often incorporates natural wood as an interior finish material and for its own work space explored how this natural material could create a tectonic dialogue with its historic context of a century-old brick and timber furniture factory. The concept is a linear, open and flexible floor plan that allows for future staff expansion within a tall space with plentiful natural light and which demonstrates the firm’s modern design and attention to detail. New interior partitions are faced with clear vertical grain western red cedar (WRC) with a shiplap profile and horizontal reveal, providing visual warmth and a sophisticated texture within the existing open volume. The design introduces the WRC at the front entry as a beautiful surface, and it continues into the space to enclose two smaller offices and a hidden server room. With large windows beyond, the wood surface is held back and glass encloses the front of the offices to allow natural light to penetrate each office. The lower wood ceilings at each office create an intimate scale but also serve to conceal a large air handler above. The shiplap reveal continues throughout the space - around corners and at transitions from wall to ceiling. All glass partitions within the wood surfaces are floor to ceiling, and the frosted glass includes voids that align with the shiplap reveals in a playful pattern. Sliding “barn” office doors clad in WRC feature recessed ceiling slots and concealed tracks. The new wood surface adds a clean, modern furniture element that is custom fit to the space, resulting in a sculptural composition of natural materials offering restrained transparency, intentional simplicity, and warmth.
FTCH completed the conceptual design for a new, mixed-use two-building development as part of the revitalization of the Grand Rapids’ West Side. Half of the development will house a new brewery, a distillery tasting room, and a restaurant. The other of the two buildings in the complex will be five stories and will contain retail space and about 35 apartments. The Gateway Development will include:· Parking· 1st floor retail· Apartments· OfficesThe New Holland Brewing Company project will include:· Exterior beer garden· Retail store· Restaurant· Whiskey bar· Kitchen· Distilling/brewing process facility
General Dynamics invited FTCH to design a new collaboration facility for their Land Systems Division in fall 2009. The campus includes the main office and research and development facility. At 13,000 sf, this facility represents a small fraction of the total building area it was designed within, which was several hundred thousand square feet. However, the significance of this facility to the futures of General Dynamics, Southeast Michigan, and the United States is much greater than the project size would suggest. This importance stems from what happens inside this facility. This new facility serves two primary purposes. First, it is the front door for visitors to General Dynamic’s facilities in Michigan. Second, this facility is the nexus for new ideas between their design team members and those outside the firm. It is a creative collaboration center providing space to formulate ideas, develop collaborative design concepts, and ultimately, construct and test design. The design and construction of this facility embodies the notion of collaborative creativity. This project’s role is well beyond the notion of providing adequate space for the activities that will take place in it. This facility was truly meant to bring out creative thinking, in particular, hightech thinking. In addition, the facility provides extensive flexibility that will promote free thinking and allow for rapid changes in thinking, developing, and testing. General Dynamics Land Systems decided to proceed with an additional phase for the MC2 facility. FTCH was exclusively asked to design the new phase. Awards2011 Honor Award, Building Award Category - American Institute of Architects/Grand Valley Chapter2011 Design Competition Corporate Space Category First Place Winner - American Society of Interior Designers/Michigan Chapter
MTU envisioned a new campus facility to house aquatic research laboratories and classrooms, and support researchers and students working with Great Lakes biological, chemical, and physical studies. The facility would be designed and equipped in support of instruction, experimental laboratories, and outreach efforts. Students using this facility would learn in an environment providing state-of-the-art technologies and laboratories. FTCH provided A/E design services throughout the entire project, from initial programming validation to construction administration. FTCH interviewed MTU researchers and staff to validate and update a preliminary program that had been previously developed. A schematic design was developed, resulting in a 55,000-sf, 4story building that includes 11,500 sf of laboratory space and a docking and marina area for the University’s research vessels. The building is located on a compact site on the lower elevations of campus, on the shore of Portage Lake, immediately adjacent to the waters of the Keweenaw Waterway. FTCH also developed the programming statement and schematic design package for funding submittal through the State of Michigan Capital Outlay program. Consultants to FTCH in the project design, included Research Facilities Design of San Diego, California (laboratory design) and M. C. Smith and Associates of Grand Rapids, Michigan (site and landscaping design).The mechanical design for the facility utilizes a unique system which draws hot water from a heat exchanger/economizer placed in a boiler stack of the nearby campus central heating plant. This heat, which would otherwise be wasted in the boiler stack, is utilized for the majority of heating equipment in the building. Boilers provide higher temperature water for radiant floor heating in selected areas.The design included the addition of a University data center to the project. The data center houses servers that provide system redundancy to the University, as well as high powered research computing for the facility, in a configuration permitting future upgrades to a Tier 3 design. Awards2013 Pyramid Award/Best Project Team - Washtenaw Contractors Association2013 Engineering Excellence Merit Award - American Council of Engineering Companies/MI2013 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design/Post-Secondary - American School & University2012 Design Award of Merit Institutional Category - Association of Licensed Architects2010 Honor Award/Unbuilt Category - American Institute of Architects/Grand Valley Chapter
Client ChallengeDating back to the 1860’s, “Corporation Hall” went though several renovations and no longer fit into the context of the surrounding urban neighborhood in downtown Kalamazoo. Originally constructed as a fire station, the building was converted into the first City Hall, then into library, a government building, and a department store which closed in 1956. The building was then leased for several years and sat vacant in the middle of the Kalamazoo Mall; a street filled with vibrant shops, restaurants and condos. Reaching the end of its useful life, the building was in need of a complete transformation. That’s when Catalyst Development turned to TowerPinkster to fulfill its vision of creating a mixed-use development that would serve as a model for sustainable design in a vibrant, urban setting.TowerPinkster SolutionThe revitalized building features two floors of retail and five single-stall garages to accompany one and two-story residential lofts. Each unit also has access to a private rooftop terrace with a cedar pergola and a modular roof paver system. The building also features a green roof, a geothermal system, high-efficiency mechanical units, low consumption light fixtures and skylights. Materials from the existing structure were repurposed, and several resources were locally sourced. The building’s energy model shows that it will save more than 60% on energy costs as compared to a minimally compliant building.
Client ChallengeNorthview High School expanded over the years from its original construction in 1961 to include additions on both ends of the facility in 1971 and 1998. While the newer portions of the building were in fair condition, the original building consisted of outmoded spaces connected by long, narrow corridors. TowerPinkster SolutionTowerPinkster conducted a facility assessment and determined that the best solution would be to demolish the middle third of the 270,000 square foot building and construct a new, two-story 100,00 square foot addition. Features will include a new entry, offices, a district-wide copy center, kitchen and cafeteria, locker commons, science and computer labs and new classrooms with shared learning space. A 600-foot long curved glass feature wall connects the two existing portions of the building, enclosing the interior student concourse. The facility assessment also identified the need to replace the high school’s natatorium and make several improvements to athletic facilities. TowerPinskter transformed the existing pool into a new fitness center and designed a 13-lane new pool with expanded bleacher seating, locker rooms and a wet classroom. Other athletic improvements include renovations to the existing gymnasiums, a new athletic director’s suite, locker rooms, an aerobics studio, batting cages, restroom facilities, an indoor track and a school spirit store.
Client ChallengeMacDonald Middle School currently serves seventh and eighth grade students. Through districtwide consolidation efforts, sixth graders will soon join the school, but several improvements and upgrades are necessary to accommodate the curriculum and create a true middle school environment.TowerPinkster SolutionTowerPinkster’s team is designing several additions and renovations to serve students at all levels. A new main entrance will offer added security while creating an identifiable and memorable experience that helps transform the image of the school. The existing natatorium space will be transformed into a second gymnasium, and several classrooms will feature the addition of open, collaborative project areas. A two-story addition is also planned to house a sixth grade wing with more classrooms as well as areas for teaching flexibility and hands-on learning opportunities. The additions and renovations will acknowledge that learning environments evolve and change over time, so long term adaptability and flexibility was key in creating a design solution.
Renovation of traditional colonial chapel into flexible, modern, state-of-the-art "worship lab" for deeper theological meaning, inspiration, liturgical creativity, and multiple types of assembly including lecture, wedding/funeral, and seating in the round, in rows, and antiphonal arrangements.
Vander Mill's new Grand Rapids cidery includes an approximate 4,300 square foot restaurant and brewery with a capacity for 200 people, along with approximately 52,000 sq. ft. cider production facility, storage and distributions warehouse.The production facility, tasting room and restaurant will be located at 505 Ball Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Originally based in Spring Lake, MI, Vander Mill’s added location will be similar to craft breweries, while the adjacent production facility will have the increased capacity to produce approximately one million gallons of cider per year.
This project consists of the complete renovation of an existing 43,000 SF office space and 965 SF addition into high-end office space for a world wide trading institute and data center. Finish product includes lighting from multiple manufacturer's such as www.cooperlighting.com, www.brucklightingsystems.com, www.spilighting.com, www.louispoulsen.com.
This high end tenant fit out was designed to LEED silver certification for commericial interiors. Lighting Design / EE: www.wpf-engineering.com Lighting Products: www.energielighting.com, www.atlantic-lighting.com, www.rsalighting.com, www.zumtobel.us, www.cooperlighitng.com
Hagerty Classic Insurance Company’s newest facility is located on one of the last remaining vacant sites in downtown Traverse City. Assuring the highest and best use for this site while enhancing the street scape was a key task for the project team. Situated next to an existing five-story condominium, the building gestures toward its neighbor and creates a continuity of scale and materials while at the same time significantly improving the pedestrian environment. The design emphasizes the pedestrian scaled character of downtown Traverse City and stretches the current urban fabric from the Front Street shopping district to the newer developments south along Cass Street. Canopies and large glass windows engage the design with the street level, creating a transparency between interior and exterior.
Inner City Christian Federation will be relocating their headquarters to the newly renovated building, providing meeting rooms and interactive learning environments, as well as enhancing staff synergy as program and administrative staff work side by side. Restored and reoccupied the building will extent the vision of the original donor, D.A. Blodgett. ICCF’s service for homeless persons and inadequately housed families in Grand Rapids will continue the legacy of a wonderful “Home for Homeless Children”.
Multi-tenant medical office building adjacent to residential community.
The Michigan Street Development project is inclusive of several building components; Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, Tower 35, Tower 25, Secchia Medical Center and a multi-level Parking Ramp.
The Midtown Neighborhood Association hired Nederveld along with Lott3Metz Architecture and Past Perfect of Grand Rapids to lead a visioning process in the Brikyaat quarter of the Midtown Neighborhood in Grand Rapids. The process allowed residents, business owners and neighborhood investors to identify their “ideal community” for use in forming plans for the future configuration of the neighborhood. The resulting master plan includes a reconfigured farmers market on the east side of the neighborhood, proposed multi-family to transition from the market to the existing preserved single-family homes, and sensitive residential infill to the existing urban fabric. Additionally, the Fulton Street Business Corridor is augmented with mixed-use infill buildings with storefronts at the street level.Planning is now complete for the project and the final phase of the project is commencing. This implementation phase will integrate the concept plan into an area specific plan that will become part of the City of Grand Rapids Master Plan. This will become one of the first area specific plans to be implemented in Grand Rapids from a neighborhood scale.
Knollwood is Holland Township’s first neo-traditional community. The first phase of the project is currently under construction, and upon completion will have 120 homes, all with front porches and traditionally inspired details. Approximately half of the homes will have garages located on narrow alleys. The neighborhood plan is based on a gridded street layout forming pedestrian scaled blocks. A central park is defined by tree-lined streets and single family homes. This two acre park features a pavilion and a swimming pool, with the pavilion acting as a terminal vista to the entry street. Streets have sidewalks on both sides to encourage pedestrian connection throughout the neighborhood.
Challenge: Working in a very small site in a residential area with an extremely aggressive time frame, less than a year from design to complete construction package • four-story patient wing and surgery expansion and renovation • 132 private bedrooms in various specialties • 14 new state-of-the-art OR’s • LEED certified facility • 36-bed PACU suite • interior healing garden space • total estimated project cost $34M • East Grand Rapids, MI
Challenge: Work with the executive team to create a comprehensive plan that fits with the growth and community of the facility • consultant for a facility master plan update for the 211 bed facility • worked to prioritize two-phase master plan, creating guiding principles to create a community • planning was for a new oncology center and front entry, expansion was for surgery and a bed tower • other focus was how to expand into the other facility • helped to create the framework for a sustainable campus • worked to create opportunities for donations to green campus • created opportunities for community support of the vision of growth • phase I implementation was $3.8M • Petoskey, MI
The JW Marriott provides a beautiful architectural detail to the Grand Rapids skyline. Utilizing Blue lighting details on each floor create an eye catching element for our community to enjoy.
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