Media + Press //Articles TowerPinkster Names Gregory Adamczyk, PE, as Director of Healthcare We are thrilled to announce Gregory Adamczyk, PE, has been promoted to the position of director of healthcare. Adamczyk steps into the leadership role following nearly a decade of working with healthcare systems throughout the region. Michigan Veteran’s Home Named Best in the Nation by Senior Housing News We are thrilled to share that the Michigan Veterans Home at Chesterfield Township has been named one of the best in the nation by Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards. The new resident-focused Veteran’s Home took home in the top prize in the Skilled Nursing/Post-Acute Care category. Byron Center Public Schools High School Transformation Recognized for Design Excellence TowerPinkster is pleased to announce that Byron Center Public Schools High School Transformation has been selected as an Outstanding Design in the American School & University© 2021 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November/December 2021 edition of the magazine and also online at SchoolDesigns.com. An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments. TowerPinkster Ranks Nationally as #1 Best Firm to Work For Earlier this month, TowerPinkster was recognized by ZweigGroup as the #1 Best Firm to Work For in the nation. New Scholarship Honors the Life and Legacy of Gary Johnson TowerPinkster is pleased to announce an endowed scholarship to honor the lives and legacy of our late team member Gary Johnson and his wife, Laura. The Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be a catalyst for students attending the University of Detroit-Mercy’s School of Architecture (Gary’s alma matter) while honoring the memory of the Johnson family and supporting passionate students of the architecture industry. Projects Earn Top AIA Design Awards Two projects – Ransom Public Library and Research & Development Facility – took home top design awards from the American Institute of Architects Southwest Michigan chapter. TowerPinkster Signs AIA 2030 Commitment to Design Carbon-Neutral Buildings TowerPinkster is continuously pursuing new ways to further our sustainability goals. Our latest pursuit is the AIA 2030 Commitment which pulls together many years of learning toward a new singular goal: to create carbon-neutral buildings by 2030. Press Release: TowerPinkster Opens Grand Haven Office TowerPinkster, a multidiscipline design firm, has announced it will open an office in Grand Haven, MI. This will be the fifth location for the firm which has two additional offices in Michigan, one in Indiana, and another in Kentucky. PRESS RELEASE: TowerPinkster and Kovert Hawkins Architects Announce Merger Michigan-based TowerPinkster and Indiana-based Kovert Hawkins Architects today announced they are merging to create a stronger and more geographically diverse design firm. Together, the firms will boast nearly 200 professionals and more than 100 years of combined experience. With additional services, increased expertise, and expanded geographic reach, the team will be better able to serve clients throughout the Midwest and beyond. Better Together! Kovert Hawkins Joins TowerPinkster By Bjorn Green. After much strategic preparation of searching for the right way to expand our reach and build our expertise, we are proud to announce that Kovert Hawkins Architects, a design firm with offices in Jeffersonville, IN and Louisville, KY, has joined TowerPinkster! K-12 Insights: Using Design to Meet Student’s Emotional and Physical Needs By Steve Hoekzema. What type of environments best enable learning to take place? What ingredients create the best spaces for children to grow, seek, and explore? K-12 Director Steve Hoekzema, AIA, explores these questions and looks for ways that design can help meet student’s need for inclusion and belonging. K-12 Insights: Designing for Safer Schools: Implementing CPTED in School Design By: Steve Hoekzema. The safety and security of students and staff are always topics of discussion when designing K-12 school buildings. Our design team utilizes the principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) to ensure safety is integrated into all aspects of the school building. Read more about CPTED and how we use natural surveillance, natural access control, territoriality reinforcement, and management to create safe and welcoming schools. Advanced Manufacturing Facility // Process Improvement Authored by Marika Hawes-Ruhrup. The Lean Six Sigma process is a disciplined, data-driven approach and method for eliminating defects in the process – which is always our goal at TowerPinkster. Learn more from our in-house Lean expert and project manager, Marika Hawes-Ruhrup in our Advanced Manufacturing Series. Advanced Manufacturing Series // Specialty Engineering With over 440 miles of building wire, 30 miles of piping used in plumbing and HVAC systems, and more than an acre of snowmelt, the Stryker Instruments project was no small feat. Jon Rumohr, Manager of Mechanical Engineering, shares about specialty engineering in our Advanced Manufacturing Series. Radiant Heating, Displacement Ventilation Create Airport Comfort TowerPinkster engineers, Ryan Idema, PE, and Jesse Hendershot, PE, were recently recognized for their work on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Consolidated Checkpoint. Read more about their efforts to capitalize upon energy efficiency, indoor air quality and temperature comfort, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact in their published article in the ASHRAE Journal. Advanced Manufacturing Series // Phasing Strategy Is it critical to remain operational during the renovation and expansion of your existing facility, or will production shift to another one of your facilities? Adam Doubblestein, Principal, discusses logical phasing strategies to keep your business operational during renovation and expansion efforts. Advanced Manufacturing Series // Expedited Schedule We recently helped an industrial client move from design to completion in 12 months. Learn more about working with an accelerated schedule with Jason Novotny, Director of Design. Advanced Manufacturing Series // Concept Design How does the conceptual design process work? We start with a thorough immersion into our clients’ process flow and operations. Dive deeper with Adam Doubblestein, Principal, in the Advanced Manufacturing Series. Advanced Manufacturing Series // Site Selection What should industrial and manufacturing companies look for when moving locations or expanding operations? From planning for future growth to finding ways for employees to connect with nature, Jason Novotny, Director of Design, walks us through key considerations for site selection in our step by step Advanced Manufacturing Series. Back to School Safely Our team has been working on strategies around how to create an educational environment that supports social distancing and healthy learning spaces. Return to Work Strategies Our team has been working on strategies around how to create a working environment that supports social distancing and collaborative growth and development. Prefabrication and Healthcare Space: Issues and Opportunities In the recent years, healthcare systems have shifted operations to focus on patient experience, speed to market, and cost control. These changes have resulted in a paradigm shift in facility planning, design, and construction. The traditional “hospital-grade” clinical inpatient facility has developed into “front-line” outpatient facilities in the community. This shift has been shown to support overall patient population wellness, patient recruitment and retention, and reduce costs incurred by acute care. By making a broader range of services available to the community, patients can get treatment before their conditions require a hospital-based service. This move to prevention and increased care earlier helps to control the cost of healthcare. Workplace Community Through Flexibility and Engagement Since our founding, TowerPinkster has focused on designing workspaces that are innovative and inspiring. We have witnessed the shift from the “closed door” private office culture of the mid-20th century through the “cube farms” of the 1980s and 1990s, to the transition to open office environments over the past twenty years. Through these changes, we have found commonalities in successful workplace design. It has been our experience that regardless of industry, our clients are creating spaces that are flexible, engaging, and focused on fostering the development of work communities and collaboration.