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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!
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.
See all finished photography and read more about the renovation.
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 model on display at the UICA of a residential project that we have under way.
Be sure to stop by both events and check out all that West Michigan Design Week has to offer!
Learn more about the airport viewing park & pavilion project.
Standing underneath the structure, you really start to get a sense of the enclosure and the framed view of the runways and landscape. The experience of standing inside the nonlinear 'forest of columns' is exciting and provides the sense of wonder and meandering that we were after. The sense of contact with the architecture is also enriched by the ultra-smooth finish we specified for the metal columns.
Carpenters are now fast at work blocking out on the steel and concrete block, preparing it for the finished clear cedar ceiling and finished metal panel, which is soon to arrive. The roof membrane will be applied in a few days, and all areas will be curtained off with plastic to provide a warm (and friendlier) environment for the finish tradesmen to get to work.