Media + Press //Press TowerPinkster Upgrades Spec Writing Solution Across Firm of Diverse Users Chalklineinc Chalkline, Inc. has published a Case Study on TowerPinkster’s evaluation, selection, and success of deploying and using VisiSpecs. TowerPinkster wanted to better utilize their BIM models to create and keep in sync the design specifications. After evaluating spec applications, the decision to select VisiSpecs was easy based on the ease of migrating their current specs, the short learning curve, and time saving features over their old process. Distributing the spec writing tasks across the firm to a diverse user base who might only use the tools a few times in a year required intuitive and easy to use tools. “Our users editing specifications have all given positive feedback reinforcing our decision to go with VisiSpecs,” stated Lyal Ward, Senior Mechanical Engineer at TowerPinkster. Kalamazoo’s future arts and entertainment plaza meets crowdsourcing goal Mlive While the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed plans to be open by the end of year, the city’s soon-to-be Haymarket Plaza has met its crowdsourcing goals and is on target to open in 2021. Sandwiched between home offices for both Catalyst Development and Treystar, the development of the project is also being collaborated on Memories Bridal and Evening Wear, located at 203 East Michigan Ave., and tenants of an adjacent property at 215 East Michigan, Brown said. The plaza was initiated as a result of the construction of Catalyst Development’s 275,000-square-foot mixed-use project and is being designed by Tower Pinkster Architects with assistance from Kingscott Associates. School bond projects provide reliable work for firms during pandemic MiBiz K-12 school bond projects have emerged as an increasingly reliable source of work for West Michigan construction and architecture firms, even though some districts opted to delay putting projects to a vote this year because of the pandemic. “This has really been a strong market to keep us stable while other markets come back,” said Matt Slagle, a principal and director of K-12 education at TowerPinkster. Project delays, Zoom meetings, worksite safety: Construction lessons learned from COVID-19 MiBiz The construction industry was one of many that was forced to switch up its workflow and get creative this year with the drastic changes, uncertainties, restrictions and additional safety protocols that were put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Working remotely was initially a hard transition for some industry employees, especially at TowerPinkster, said Chloe Beighley-Ludeke, the firm’s marketing manager. Higher ed capital outlay projects screech to a halt MiBiz State funding uncertainty during the pandemic has been a key factor in the lack of large construction projects this year at community colleges and universities. Because the capital outlay system is on hold, most of TowerPinkster’s higher education construction projects are waiting for a state review to move forward, said TowerPinkster Marketing Manager Chloe Beighley-Ludeke. “Private institutions were able to continue. A lot of those projects are funded by donors and alumni, so that is money that had already been secured. But the majority of our public projects were put on hold,” Beighley-Ludeke said. “We were able to do some smaller engineering projects, but big flagship projects were not able to take place.” What are we grateful for? // Fall 2020 Newsletter TowerPinkster This year, we’re more grateful than ever for all the moments we share as a team and as a community. We’re reflecting on our overwhelming gratitude for every instance of joy and unity. Thank you for being a part of those moments and part of the TowerPinkster journey. Kalamazoo County’s $90M justice facility on track for groundbreaking in spring 2021 Mlive Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners reviewed the latest renderings of the $90 million justice facility project during the Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting. Commissioners got a look at the clerk’s lobby and courtroom designs, presented by architecture firm TowerPinkster, and heard a timeline that calls for a groundbreaking in the spring. County to pursue loan for courthouse upgrade Ionia Sentinel-Standard There appears to be some movement regarding the on-again, off-again proposed renovation project involving St. Joseph County’s courts building. Plans for the potential task date to more than five years ago, when Pat Yoder was still county administrator and the initial concept involved an expansion to the west side of the courts building. Now, commissioners are relying on the services of architecture firm TowerPinkster to help with the task of renovating the courts building and, county officials hope, improving conditions of the 46-year-old facility. Mean Green Leadership Machines First & 42 Early training and support for young professionals and high potentials is a crucial investment. The first few years of anyone’s career are an unanticipated and critical point of transition. Young professionals move out of the structured and predictable world of education and enter the professional landscape, with heightened responsibilities. Transitioning from a small firm to TowerPinkster, Cassandra Ritchie was eager to begin the program. “I was having trouble navigating my way of how I can be a leader when I’m not in a management role,” said Cassandra. “I’ve learned to adapt to the thought process that you don’t have to have a title to be a leader.” May bond passage projects underway School News Network Students at Crossroads Middle and West Oakview Elementary schools are being greeted with a change this year right at the front doors. Vestibule construction and main office renovations recently wrapped up at both schools. After the recent bond passage, Rockford Construction and Tower Pinkster began design work with the district on East Oakview Elementary. Fulton schools to once again seek bond issue Morning Sun Fulton Schools will once again seek passage of a bond issue in the Nov. 3 general election. In the primary the district actually had two proposals on the ballot but have decided to trim that to one for what is termed “essential needs” that was defeated by just four votes in August, 602-598. School officials began the process by hiring the engineering firm TowerPinkster and construction managers Wieland Builds Inc. to do a facility needs assessment to help identify essential building projects and upgrades that should be done. Haymarket Plaza to transform Kalamazoo alley into new artsy entertainment space MLive Named after the historic district it will soon be a part of, Kalamazoo’s new Haymarket Plaza is expected to offer up a new place to gather in downtown Kalamazoo by the end of the year. The project is being designed by Tower Pinkster Architects with assistance from Kingscott Associates, yet input is coming from not just Treystar and its community partners, but the other tenants of Haymarket Plaza and Main Street East, which neighbor the alley. What were we curious about this Summer? // Summer 2020 Newsletter TowerPinkster We were curious about sustainable design, advanced manufacturing, and seeing the new Stryker Instruments building under the stars. Learn more in our Summer 2020 Newsletter. Treystar announces development plan for Haymarket Plaza downtown Midwest Communication Kalamazoo-based development company Treystar, along with its partners Catalyst Development and the City of Kalamazoo, has announced plans in creating the Haymarket Plaza. Designed by Tower Pinkster Architects with assistance from Kingscott Associates, The Haymarket Plaza will include the following features: a snow-melt system, decorative concrete, lighting, Landscape Forms furniture, an open area designed for entertainment and/or food trucks, and an outdoor seating area for food/beverages. Special meeting scheduled to hire BACC construction manager WTVB The Branch Intermediate School District Board of Education is scheduled to select a construction manager for the renovation project at the Branch Area Careers Center during a special meeting next Tuesday afternoon. The BISD asked Tower Pinkster in 2017 to conduct a space utilization plan and master plan for the future use of the Branch Area Careers Center. Fulton Schools to seek passage of 2 bond proposals Morning Sun Fulton Schools will be asking voters to approve two separate bond proposals in the Aug. 4 primary election. School officials began the process by hiring the engineering firm TowerPinkster and construction managers Wieland Builds Inc. to do a facility needs assessment to help identify essential building projects and upgrades that should be done. The study was completed in November 2019. Bronson Healthcare opens flexible testing lab in time to help with COVID-19 Second Wave Southwest Michigan Tests for COVID-19 that had to be sent out of state and required more than a week to process when the pandemic started last spring, can now be done in-house at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Healthcare, with results available the same day. The new facility has three floors with space for clinical operations as well as dedicated areas for education, offices, and meetings. The structure was designed by TowerPinkster architectural and engineering firm with a focus on modularity and flexibility of use, and an eye toward being adaptable to changing needs. It is also designed to employ a streamlined end-to-end process “that improves efficiency and turnaround time,” according to Bronson. BISD Board gives go ahead to renovate Careers Center WTVB TowerPinkster estimates project will cost $6.8 million and would be done in three phases. BISD board to take action on Careers Center renovation WTVB After getting an update last month from architect Shawn Parshall of Tower Pinkster, the Branch Intermediate School District Board of Education is scheduled to take action during an electronic meeting this Wednesday on a future renovation project at the Branch Area Careers Center. What were we curious about this Spring? // Spring 2020 Newsletter TowerPinkster From helping hospitals navigate the COVID-19 pandemic to celebrating the grand opening of the new Stryker Instruments Divisional Facility, we had a busy Spring! Learn more in our Spring 2020 Newsletter. Dunbar Hall renovations to bring glass walls and fourth floor dance studio, building to close this summer Western Herald Dunbar Hall will close at the end of this semester for renovations. The decision was formally announced at a public town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Firms TowerPinkster and HGA have been put in charge of the remodeling for Dunbar. Final beam is in place for Delta College Downtown Midland Center Midland Daily News A milestone in the construction of Delta College’s Downtown Midland Center was reached on Wednesday, as Spence Brothers Construction placed the last steel beam to complete the structural outline of the building. Designed by TowerPinkster, construction of the building cost about $13 million, with more than $9 million provided by local donors such as Dow and the Dow Corning Foundation, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation and Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. Board gets list of needed building maintenance Sturgis Journal Bronson Community Schools has four buildings to maintain for about 1,090 students and 129 staff members. Those areas were addressed at Monday’s school board meeting. Shawn Parshall, architectural designer with Tower Pinkster, studied each of the four buildings and gave the board the cost of replacing the square footage in the current market. He showed which buildings were in most need of maintenance and pointed out areas that need to be addressed immediately. Branch County ISD board honored Wednesday The Daily Reporter - Coldwater, MI January is school board appreciation month and the Branch Intermediate School District honored its board Wednesday. The members are Ken Norton, president; Michael Beckwith, vice president; John Bolton, secretary; Chantal Paxton, treasurer, and Bart Marshall, trustee. Although it will be more than a year before construction begins for Branch Area Careers Center upgrades, the board is considering recommendations by Shawn Parshall of Tower Pinkster and BACC staff. Michigan school designed to foil shooters: ‘It slows them down’ The Detroit News Inside the new $48 million Fruitport High School, extensive window glass, elegant lighting, wide-open gathering spaces and modern furniture give this West Michigan public school the feel of an upscale college campus. County Making Progress On Bids For Courts Building Renovation Three Rivers Commercial News The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners received an update on the planned renovation of the courts building from County Administrator Teresa Doehring during their Executive Committee meeting Wednesday. Doehring said on Nov. 22, she, along with the county’s Building and Grounds Director Tim Hochstetler and a representative from the TowerPinkster architectural firm, interviewed three construction management companies for the project. Doehring told commissioners the interviews “went great,” and that all three companies were “very capable and very knowledgeable.” Plainwell’s New Library Builds Down to Build Up Allegan Co. News If you want a library twice the size of the current one, you have to dig deep. With double its current size, areas will also be dedicated to a children’s space, small meeting/study rooms, an expanded local history room, more space for the Friends of the Library group and a dedicated teen space. It will also be designed to allow younger patrons to head outside for programs and not have to cross parking areas. TowerPinkster is providing architecture service; the CSM Group is the construction manager. Construction of new elementary still on schedule WTVB Despite a setback a couple of weeks ago when nearly eight inches of snow was followed by record cold temperatures, Superintendent Terry Whelan told the Coldwater Community Schools Board of Education construction on the new Lakeland Elementary fourth and fifth-grade school is on time for an opening in December 2020. TowerPinkster is serving as the architect for the project, while Owen-Ames-Kimball Company is the construction manager. Delta College Making Plans For Renovating Electronic Media And Broadcast Space WSGW Delta College trustees awarded a contract Tuesday, November 12 to TowerPinkster to provide architectural and engineering services for A-Wing renovations, including the Electronic Media and Broadcasting department. Community meeting raises questions about future of Barry County’s jail and COA WWMT The Barry County community discussed Monday what to do with two major facilities experts say are in need of repairs, and how far they’ll have to dig into their pockets to make it happen. Architecture and Engineering firm TowerPinkster hosted a community meeting on Nov. 4, 2019, to hear questions and concerns over the physical states of the Commission on Aging facility and the Barry County Sheriff’s Office and Jail. The county hired the firm in 2015 to develop a Facilities Master Plan for about a dozen buildings in Barry County. Third Phase Of Centreville Public Schools Bond Project Kicks Off Three Rivers Commercial News The Centreville Board of Education received a pre-planning presentation for the third phase of its bond project during their regular meeting Monday. Shawn Parshall and Jim Ross from the TowerPinkster architectural firm and Scott Jernberg from the Triangle Associates construction company gave the presentation, which officially kicked off phase three of the district’s approximately $12.8 million bond project. The presentation laid the groundwork for a timeframe for when planning begins for the third phase of the project. Eau Claire schools review infrastructure needs The Herald Palladium The Eau Claire school board is taking a look at the district’s infrastructure needs, with members hearing a report from the TowerPinkster consulting firm at their meeting this week. A Michigan high school features mass shooter defenses in its design Detroit Metro Times School shootings have become so commonplace that a Michigan high school has been designed with the possibility of one in mind. The half-completed $48 million renovation at Fruitport High School in Muskegon County features curved hallways that reduce the line of sight of a potential mass shooter, wireless locking systems, and classrooms with “shadow zones” that would provide hiding cover for students and staff. The project was designed by TowerPinkster, which partnered with the National Institute of Crime Prevention to inform its design. The project is CPTED-certified, referring to the practice of “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.” TowerPinkster says it has the most CPTED-certified architects in Michigan and implements these practices in all of its designs. What were we curious about this Summer? // Summer 2019 Newsletter TowerPinkster We were curious about innovative school security, modular healthcare design, and renovating the spaces of our past. Learn more below. The Face of Multi-discipline Architecture and Engineering – TowerPinkster Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design Grand Rapids Magazine Every day, the architects, engineers, and interior designers at TowerPinkster are using curiosity as fuel for their clients’ success. The TowerPinkster philosophy is that asking the right questions produces remarkable solutions. By asking those questions, the team works hand-in-hand with clients to create experience-driven spaces — spaces where people can live, learn, collaborate, serve, heal, and play. TowerPinkster Creates Immersive Experience for Kent ISD Students TowerPinkster Members of the TowerPinkster team engaged with more than 120 students in five classrooms within the Kent Intermediate School District this past semester. The STEM Outreach project focused on providing first-hand experience in the architecture and engineering design field. PSMJ Resources Announces the Top-Performing Architecture and Engineering Firms for 2019 Business Wire PSMJ Resources, Inc., the world’s leading authority on the effective management of architecture, engineering, and construction firms, announces the members of the 2019 Circle of Excellence. Seventy-two exceptional architecture and engineering firms made it onto the exclusive list this year. What were we curious about this Spring? // Spring 2019 Newsletter TowerPinkster We were curious about innovative care for Veterans, designing with our education friends, and trends in workplace design. Learn more below. Delta College to break ground in Midland on Monday Midland Daily News Delta College plans to kick off construction of a new $13 million learning center in Midland on Monday, with a groundbreaking ceremony set for 3:30 p.m. The construction project manager is Spence Brothers Construction and the architectural firm is TowerPinkster. News and Insights from TowerPinkster // Winter 2019 TowerPinkster News and Insights from the TowerPinkster team. After years of delays work on Alma’s former Opera House to begin once more Morning Sun After years of delays due to issues with the original developer and legal hassles work on the historic downtown Alma Opera House is set to begin once again. The 55,000 square foot building at the corner of superior and State streets, which was destroyed by a fire in 2010, is now owed by Alma College. The college is working with the Grand Rapids architectural and engineering firm TowerPinkster on the building plans.