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October 17, 2018

Westshore Community College Master Planning in the News

Thanks to The Pioneer Group newspaper for including thorough coverage of the master planning meeting at Westshore Community College led by our own Tom Mathison.

"The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees and administration heard a report on Monday from Mathison Architect’s  Tom Mathison, who handles the college’s Facilities Master Plan which has to be filed with the State of Michigan giving them the opportunity to secure funding for building projects.

Mathison has handled this duty for the college for the past 18 years, since 2000 when he was with the TowerPinkster Firm. He continued to provide those services when he established his own firm and annually reviews WSCC’s facilities and infrastructure for the Facilities Master Plan.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work with the college on its facilities master plan,” said Mathison. “We have seen the college grow and mature in the time we have worked with you.”

December 9, 2017

Dwell Names Deer Haven House “Best Modern Home”

Dwell editors chose MMA's Deer Haven House as a "Best Modern Home".

Deer Haven House is located in Grand Rapids, MI and was build for a busy, growing family of five. It is a 3,000 sq ft home conceived as a narrow bars of space that follow and step down with the subtle contours of the site and unfold to the South to take advantage of the daily path of the sun and natural site air movements. Nestled into its wooded 1-acre setting, the building carefully occupies the space between the ground and the tree canopy with an unfolding spatial sequence that connects the occupants to both through extensions of the ground plane and manipulation of clerestory light.

November 14, 2017

Houzz Tour: A Fresh Look for a Modern Gem in Michigan

MMA was recently featured on Houzz for their midcentury modern renovation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. See before and after project photos and more information.

Houzz Tour: A Fresh Look for a Modern Gem in Michigan
A new black exterior, a streamlined kitchen and white oak floors bring this 1970s home up to speed

When a young professional couple returned to their hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, to be closer to their parents as they started their own family, they found a 1971 architect-designed home for sale by the original owner. While the home had been well-cared-for, the gray, cedar-clad exterior was crowded in by overgrown vegetation and a chain-link fence.

Today, the new landscape and Cor-Ten steel walls around the house allow “the building to express its elegant architecture,” says architect Evan T. Mathison. A new coat of chic black paint covers the old stained gray cedar siding.

October 7, 2017

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.

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 for a family of five.

LEED-platinum certification - the highest rating possible -- is pending for the house, says Mathison, a principal with Mathison | Mathison Architects, a firm he founded with his father, Tom Mathison.

It could cost even less in the future, says Mathison, who completed the house last year. They are still learning how to take advantage of its green roof, solar electrical panels, geo-thermal heating and cooling system and triple-paned European windows.

August 16, 2017

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.

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 feel fully refreshed, tell us in the Comments which is your favorite.

July 14, 2017

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, to establish the Foundation as the Society's fundraising arm.