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Ten things you’ll learn when working with TowerPinkster

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Ten things you'll learn when working with TowerPinkster
The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry is a zebra in a field of cows: it stands out among the rest of professional services industry. It combines the highly technical, with the highly creative: math and science with art and innovation. It takes a special kind of brain and a specific personality type. Here a few things you might learn if you’re collaborating with our team at TowerPinkster:

1. We put our clients first…
It’s great to have new and exciting ideas, but in our industry, the vision doesn’t just belong to the person who holds the pencil; the vision starts with you, our clients! Every client has goals for their project, and one of the greatest aspects of our job is bringing that vision to life!

2. Our caffeine habit is serious…
And we mean serious. Black coffee, green tea, a mid-morning soda, more coffee. If you see one of our team members twitching in a morning meeting, it just means their third cup of coffee hasn’t kicked in yet.

3. We have a love for all things food and drink…
We love sharing good food. It’s a tradition here at TowerPinkster to bring donuts for big life events and work anniversaries, and with over 100 employees that’s a lot of donuts! If you’re really lucky, you might come in on a day when Lentz has baked his famous “Chocolate-caramel Yum-yum Cake.” Between our monthly luncheons and impromptu family breakfasts, when you stop by our office you’re likely to leave happier and fuller than when you arrived.

4. Interior Design is more than just picking colors…
When working with any of our interior designers you will quickly learn that their role expands far beyond color selection. They are responsible for programming, space planning, and wayfinding, and design elements such as casework, millwork, and ceiling design. Their expertise can help shape your space in form, fabric, texture, layout, function and color.

5. We have energy to spare…
Maybe it’s from all of the coffee, but it seems like everyone at TowerPinkster has an excess of energy. We have everything from standing desks, to fidget cubes, and stress balls in our offices. Not to mention, we have an abundance of avid walkers, runners, cross fitters, frisbee golfers, regular golfers, bikers, dodgeball players and more to keep us bouncing through the week! We have to burn off all of those doughnuts somehow, right?

6. We have an interest in obscure facts and figures…
Each member of our team has particular pieces of their work that they are passionate about. You can find our engineers explaining air handling units, chilled water, and energy recovery systems with the same enthusiasm that one might exude when talking about their favorite band. Don’t be alarmed when one of our team members goes on an outburst about the impacts of geothermal energy and you have no idea what they’re talking about– just remind them to translate it into regular English.

7. Our minds are imaginative…
In the AEC industry, we’re always pushing the limits of conventional design. Our architects are creating design features that will set each project apart from anything we’ve done before. Our engineers are finding new ways to run the mechanical and electrical equipment through a building so the user can’t even tell that it’s there. The bottom line is we never draw the same project twice. Every project is an opportunity to find new solutions and push the architectural envelope.

8. We think green…
We don’t quite understand why Kermit the Frog says “it’s not easy being green,” because green is just our way of life! The color is even featured in our logo. We strive to reduce, reuse, and recycle on our projects and in our office. From composting food and coffee grounds to creating green rooftops for our clients, we love making the places we live, work, and play better through sustainable design and practices.

9. We make our own fashion trends…
Remember spirit week in high school? Well, spirit week is nearly every week at TowerPinkster. Through the fall and winter we partake in Flannel Fridays, and just recently, the third Thursday of the month has been designated as Red Pants Day. We also have an obsession with cool socks. So much so, that one person in Grand Rapids is an exclusive rewards member at the Bold Socks store across the street. Why all the fashion statements? We honestly don’t know. But when you spend most of your week together, eventually you’re going to start dressing alike, so you might as well do it on purpose.

10. We’re team players…
We work seamlessly as a team, and we have fun doing it. Annual team training retreats help us form strong relationships with one another, and this is reflected in how we work on projects. When you’re working with the Best and Brightest Firm, it’s because of our ability to function like a family: a family that has a lot of Matts, Mikes, Ryans, Kevins, Johns, Scotts and Bills.

At the end of the day, we’re probably over 100 of the quirkiest, creative professionals you’ll ever meet, but it’s all because we love what we do. It’s our respect for each other’s strengths, and our willingness to learn that allows us to bring exciting projects to life for our clients. Interested in seeing our team in action? Stop on by! The socks are bold, and the doughnuts are fresh.