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TowerPinkster moves into its new downtown offices

10/15 | TowerPinkster

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – TowerPinkster, an architecture and design firm, will officially dedicate its new offices at the southeast corner of Fulton Street and Division Avenue this week, capping a $500,000 renovation project.

The landmark Art Deco building’s second floor now features a modern open design that draws on the natural light that shines in from the long bank of windows that stretch across building’s north and west face.

Visitors to the offices are greeted by wood paneling created from recycled shipping crates and a kitchenette whose countertop includes fiber-optic lighting that illuminates glass salvaged from the building’s original windows.

The project, which began in January, is expected to earn a LEED “Platinum” designation for its low carbon footprint and use of recycled materials.

“The restoration of this building and our firm’s new workspace are concrete examples of TowerPinkster’s expertise and commitment to community and sustainability,” CEO Arnie Mikon said.

“What excites me even more, though, is the incredible environment downtown Grand Rapids offers to nurture the creative spirit of our team and our clients,” said Mikon, who moved into the offices with 25 employees earlier this month.

Vacant for the past 15 years, the building was built in 1947 for Davenport University and later used by Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes.

In recognition of its history, meeting spaces in the new offices include the “Davenport Board Room” and the “Junior Achievement Conference Room.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Mikon will be joined by Mayor George Heartwell and representatives from Davenport University and Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes as they re-dedicate the space.

Peggy Moceri, president of the M.E. Davenport Foundation, is also expected to be on hand. Her grandfather, M.E. Davenport, and father, Robert Sneden, were responsible for planning the building.

“TowerPinkster’s commitment to bring its creative professionals downtown to this historic location is further evidence of the strength of our city and the recognition that a strong urban core is vital to our region’s long-term prosperity,” Heartwell said in a news release issued prior to the re-dedication..

Building owner Locus Development has not announced tenants for the ground floor of the building. Locus is in negotiations with several prospective tenants for the ground and lower levels, according to a news release.

Pioneer Construction served as the general contractor of the TowerPinkster renovation. Interphase Interiors and Haworth Inc. supplied the office furniture and workspace equipment.

The opening comes as TowerPinkster celebrates 30 years in Grand Rapids and its 60th anniversary of providing architecture and engineering services for commercial, residential, educational and governmental clients in West Michigan.

 - MLive