Category Archives: Events

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 […]

Congrats to our own Megan Feenstra-Wall!


Megan Feenstra-Wall was named as a finalist for the West Michigan Woman Magazine Brilliance Awards in the Emerging Leaders category. The MMA team is very proud of her commitment to her work, her community and her family. See all finalists HERE. We celebrated her nomination on April 26, 2017 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

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.

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 […]

LIVE from the Airport: Display Installation


On November 21 we installed a model of the Airport Viewing Pavilion project near the baggage claim at the airport. The next time you visit the airport be sure to check it out! We went LIVE during the installation on our Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/mathisonarchitects/ The model was originally created for West Michigan Design Week in early 2016. We secured the model and added information about the location, timeline and project supporters: Gerald R Ford International Airport Cascade Community Foundation Owen Aimes Kimball Comprehensive Engineering Studio Wise Learn more about the project here: http://mathisonarchitects.com/portfolio/airport-viewing-park/ And here: http://www.grr.org/construction.php

LIVE from St. Cecilia’s Annual Gala


MMA is proud to be part of the team to renovate the historic St. Cecilia’s Music Center in downtown Grand Rapids. On November 3 they celebrated the renovation with their annual gala. We went LIVE from the gala on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mathisonarchitects/ See remarks from Executive Director, Catherine Holbrook as well as comments from our own Tom Mathison. Learn more about the project here: http://mathisonarchitects.com/portfolio/saint-cecilia-music-center/

“Build Imagination” Book Collection on Architecture Presented at Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center


Patients at Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center now have the opportunity to enjoy a new collection of books during their stay, thanks to a donation from the Rae Dumke Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF). With help from the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA, will be presenting the Build Imagination collection, a set of 100 books on topics that help foster children’s imaginations and raise awareness about architecture, to five children’s hospitals and cancer centers around the state. Covering everything from architecture, art and color to LEGO, graphic design, shapes, and famous landmarks, the Build […]

Airport Viewing Park Ground Breaking


Grand Rapids, Mich. – It’s a favorite spot for aviation enthusiasts, families, and photographers, and now the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) Viewing Park is getting a makeover. GFIA, in partnership with the Cascade Community Foundation (CCF), broke ground today on the Airport Viewing  Park Project, a $1.12 million renovation that will add a pavilion, permanent restrooms, new seating areas, expanded parking spaces, and more. Mathison | Mathison Architects created the design of the new pavilion and park. They’re working with Studio Wise on the furniture, Owen Ames Kimball as the general contractor and Comprehensive Engineering on the structure. […]

Megan Receives Her Award


On Friday, June 10 we made the trip down to Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum for the AIA Michigan awards ceremony where our own Megan Feenstra Wall accepted a Young Architect 2016 award for her work in architecture and the community. Congrats again Megan and all award winners! See a full list of awards and recipients in this Grand Rapids Business Journal article.