Grand Rapids

January 8, 2019

Design Insights: Eastown Veterinary Clinic

Eastown Veterinary Clinic is located in the vibrant business district of Eastown in Grand Rapids. Eight years ago, the owner renovated a vacant former bank building on a tight but prominent site. The community welcomed the veterinarian, and the practice quickly flourished and outgrew the existing space.  In addition to needing more exam rooms and treatment space, the veterinarians felt that separating the dog and cat entrances would provide a more stress-free visit for their small clients. Yet, like many urban lots, the building was bordered by streets on three sides and a shared parking lot in the rear. Utility easements criss-crossed the site, and the trio of streets meant three “front yards”, which have greater setback requirements than a typical side yard. Working with experienced animal care facility designer and engineer Design Learned Inc., the Mathison | Mathison team maximized square footage by proposing a two-story addition meeting all required setbacks and easements.  MMA worked closely and efficiently with the City of Grand Rapids and civil engineers from Comprehensive Engineering  to help secure an amendment to an existing Special Use Permit for the new addition. The veterinarian had previously done a nice renovation to the aging bank building, removing […]
June 20, 2018

AIA of Michigan Awards Airport Park & Pavilion

The viewing park and pavilion at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the latest recipient of a statewide architecture design award. The architect of the park and pavilion, Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA), from Grand Rapids, received the recognition.

The American Institute of Architects – Michigan awards Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA), from Grand Rapids, received the recognition.

MMA received the “Small Budget Award” from the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award, according to AIA, is given “in recognition of design excellence within the constraints of a small budget (under $2 million), scale, and size”. The design award jury commented: “This simple and expressive pavilion provides a serene viewing platform beneath a soaring dynamic form.”

This community-focused project was funded by both the Cascade Community Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and it included the addition of a shelter with restrooms and a gathering plaza, a…

October 30, 2017

Residential Architecture Award

We are honored to accept the AIA Grand Rapids award for Residential Architecture for our Berkshire Residence!

Check out more information and photos of the project.

May 31, 2017

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 of flight that planes take as you watch them land and take off. The wood on the interior of the roof is rare as is the location of the park being the closest to any active runway in the United States.

Be sure to bring your family to the park to enjoy this incredible local gem!

March 30, 2017

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.

March 21, 2017

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.

See all finished photography and read more about the renovation.