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Friday, March 5, 2010

Transforming Space

Matt Slagle, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Design Architect

In this time of recession, our role as creative professionals has become even more important. We may not have as many opportunities to develop new architecture, but the challenge of transforming space is ever-present. We will always have the opportunity, and responsibility, to inspire our clients with creative solutions!

This is well evidenced by our recent work at Thornapple Kellogg High School, Van Buren ISD Technology Center and Reeths Puffer Middle School. Wayne Norlin (TowerPinkster Sr. Project Manager) has since coined these transformations as “TK-ing” a project. It is certainly appropriate, as I have often likened that project to a heart transplant. I have never seen a building completely cut-in-half and transformed so dramatically. The Van Buren project also breathes new life into a building that needs it desperately. We are creating inspiring spaces full of natural light along a new Main Street in this building. Similarly, Reeths Puffer Middle School is getting a new 8,000 SF, two-story Student Commons in the core of the building.

These are some of the toughest projects to build, but also some of the most rewarding to be involved in. By holistically rethinking project challenges, TowerPinkster has created dynamic solutions that will inspire students for years to come. Let us continue to transform space into places that inspire human beings to achieve their goals, interact with their peers, and celebrate the environment.