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TowerPinkster Ranked in the Top Five “Best Firms to Work for in the Nation”

8/1 | Awards, Press Releases, TowerPinkster

Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 2, 2017 – For the second straight year, Michigan-based architecture, engineering and interior design firm TowerPinkster has been named one of the “Best Firms to Work for in the Nation,” according to Zweig Group, the industry’s leading research and benchmarking firm. 

In 2016, TowerPinkster was ranked first in the category of best “Architectural Firm to Work for in the Nation.” This year, the firm was recognized in the “Multi-Discipline” category and ranked in the top five out of nearly 50 companies.

“Multi-Discipline is the most competitive category and includes larger companies that offer several types of services,” said TowerPinkster President and CEO Bjorn Green. “We can compete with these larger, national firms because the culture that lives in our offices is remarkable. Imagine doing what you love with a team of your best friends, every day. That’s what life is like at TowerPinkster. Our work environment fosters collaboration and creativity among staff at all levels, making everyone feel supported and like they are part of a family. It is one of the reasons our employee retention ranks among the highest performing firms in the nation.”

Over the past five years, TowerPinkster averaged a 94 percent employee retention rate, positioning well above the American Institute of Architect’s average of 86 percent. The firm’s retention rate is accompanied by a strong history of employee longevity. More than 50 percent of TowerPinkster’s employees have been with the firm for over five years, and many employees have been with the firm for more than 20 years.

Connie Riess, who has been with TowerPinkster for 26 years noted, “I love my colleagues. We have a great group of people here, which makes it so much more fun to come to work.”

Project Management Leader Steve Loney celebrated his 28th anniversary in May. “TowerPinkster has always provided team members with opportunities for growth and development and actively assists employees in their journeys to do so,” said Loney. “Our important focus on client services leads to great relationships between clients and staff that make all aspects of project work enjoyable.”

TowerPinkster’s commitment to client relations has resulted in repeat services with over half of the firm’s clients. Byron Center Public Schools has worked with TowerPinkster since the early 1990’s, and Project Architect Kevin Hoezee has worked with the district since 2001.

“Our diverse portfolio allows us to work on many different types of projects with new and exciting challenges,” said Hoezee, who has worked at TowerPinkster for 21 years. “To be able to take those lessons learned and bring new, innovative ideas to our long-term clients is really rewarding.”

The Byron Center Public School District is one of TowerPinkster’s many longstanding clients. Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, the State of Michigan, and Western Michigan University and many others are among the clients that have worked with the firm for several years. 

The award, presented by Zweig Group, recognizes firms throughout the U.S. and Canada for their ability to create outstanding workplace practices and achieve employee satisfaction ratings. The Zweig awards follow a number of other culture-based awards TowerPinkster has already received in 2017, including 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For (Michigan Business and Professional Association) and When Work Works Awards - Workplace Flexibility (Families and Work Institute).