Category Archives: Architecture

MLive Article: This super-efficient house cost less than $200 to operate all summer long


Thanks to MLive and Jim Harger for writing and sharing this story about one of our residential projects: Deer Haven Residence. See images and project information HERE. CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI – Architect Evan Mathison can go on for hours about all of the features he has packed into the sustainable house he designed for his family. Some are esoteric details that only architects will comprehend. Here’s one that everyone who pays the bills can understand: Mathison’s utility bills totaled only $193 in the four months between May and September this year. That includes air conditioning, cooking, laundry and hot water […]

Houzz Feature: Berkshire Residence Pool


MMA was recently featured on Houzz for the pool in a new construction home in the Berkshire Mountains. See project photos and more information HERE. ## 100 Sparkling Pools With Postcard Views Take in these photos of pristine pools around the world set in gorgeous landscapes What’s better than a sparkling pool with a postcard view? How about 100 sparkling pools with postcard views? Take a tour around the world with some of the most stunning poolside settings on Houzz. Click the first image to enlarge the photo, then use the right arrow to see the photos in slide-show format. Once you […]

Michigan Architectural Foundation: Build Imagination


This article was sent in the June 2017 Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) newsletter. We share it here to celebrate MAF and their Build Imagination book collection for children. “You could say the roots of the Michigan Architectural Foundation go back as far as the fur trade. The Michigan Society of Architects formed the MAF in 1957 to save the Biddle House, a Mackinac Island fur trader’s home dating back to the 18th century. “The organization saw an important artifact that was in dire need of repair,” explains MAF Vice President Tom Mathison. Saving the house became the catalyst, he notes, […]

The Airport Viewing Park & Pavilion is Now Open!


We celebrated a beautiful day at the grand opening of the new Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park and Pavilion. With our friends at the airport, the Cascade Community Foundation and Owen-Ames-Kimball we re-opened the viewing park to the public introducing additional parking, the new pavilion for shade, new restroom facilities, new picnic tables and benches and new trash receptacles (which are large enough to slide a pizza box in after lunch!). We were honored to to provide the design of the pavilion which was inspired by flight with the roof lines reflecting airplane wings and following the lines […]

Ground Breaking at Kellogg Community College Miller Gym!


MMA was proud to participate in the ground breaking ceremony at the new Kellogg Community College Miller Physical Education Building! After many many hours, multiple options, multiple cost estimates over a number of years, this project is finally underway!  A proud moment for KCC and its student athletes, as well as the entire design and construction team led by MMA on the design side, and construction managers Walbridge / Schweitzer for implementation. It had been pouring rain for twenty minutes before the ceremony, and it stopped just in time for a few photos.  This ceremony was followed by a dinner […]

GRBJ Highlights Architectural Mentor Program


Thanks to Pat Evans and the Grand Rapids Business Journal for featuring our own Tom Mathison and the architectural mentor program he started back in 1999. For 15 years Tom worked to connect students from the accredited architectural universities in Michigan to mentors around the country. Some years he had up to 250 student participants. The program continues today through the AIA Michigan and with its latest program participant the Master of Architecture program at Kendall College. Read the full article HERE.

Finished Photography Added to our Lake House Project


Thanks to Bill Lindhout Photography for the beautiful finished photography of our Lake House project. This evening shot is our favorite. This modern lake residence is located north of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is perfect for entertaining. The design embraces the narrow lake lot providing privacy but maintaining lake views throughout. See all images and more information about the project HERE.

MMA Airport Tour Photos


Thanks to everyone who attended the West Michigan Design Week tour of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park & Pavilion! Thanks to Owen-Ames-Kimball and the Cascade Community Foundation for your participation. It was exciting to be able to share our design inspiration and thought process around the project. Look for the grand opening in May! Read more about the project HERE.

St. Cecilia’s Renovation Photos


Check out the beautiful finished photography of the renovation at St. Cecilia’s Music Center. We were honored to be part of this project. We have always loved St. Cecilia’s, their mission and programs. It was a pleasure working with their team on this renovation of their historic space. Learn more about St. Cecilia’s and their upcoming programs HERE. See all finished photography and read more about the renovation HERE.

MMA Loves West Michigan Design Week


MMA is excited to be participating in West Michigan Design Week again this year. Last year MMA had a model of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park & Pavilion project in a gallery at the UICA. This year we are excited to follow up that model preview last year with a tour of the airport viewing park & pavilion which is currently under construction. The tour will be held on March 29 at Noon. Registration is FREE. Join our team along with the builder, Owen-Ames-Kimball and representatives from the Cascade Community Foundation. We will also have a new […]