Architecture & Design

Buildings, concepts and plans


Former corporate architects find a higher calling

Elevate Studio works from a home-based studio and caters to churches.

February 12, 2016
Jim VanderMolen often works with his dog, Jack, on his lap. Occasionally, Jack disrupts his owner and begins licking his face. Read More

Architects produce designTHUNK

January 18, 2016
A design, development and networking series is continuing on Tuesday and over the next few months. Read More

Inside Track: Non-beer drinker Schaafsma is happy to build breweries

A timely encounter put contractor on the right path for Grand Rapids’ burgeoning beverage industry.

January 15, 2016
Mark Schaafsma was having drinks at Bar Divani one day nearly a decade ago and started up a chance conversation with a fellow patron. Read More

Office design as talent attractor

Millennials aren’t impressed by the isolation of cubicles.

January 8, 2016
With low unemployment rates and the necessity to attract talent at the top of many organizations’ lists, something as simple as an office redesign could make the difference. Read More

Architecture firm names president and CEO

January 7, 2016
A local architecture firm has picked its next leader. Read More

Mary Free Bed YMCA opens doors

December 9, 2015
West Michigan is now home to a “first-of-its-kind” YMCA. Read More

Furniture maker offers classroom grants

December 7, 2015
An office furniture maker is helping teachers and professors create “active-learning centers.” Read More

GVSU generating problem-solvers

The school’s Design Thinking Initiative reaches across all academic disciplines.

November 13, 2015
Grand Valley State University’s Design Thinking Initiative provides opportunities to gain an understanding of the collaborative, interdisciplinary and integrative problem-solving approach. Read More

Designs on developing downtown

Concept Design has had a hand in many recent major projects.

October 30, 2015
Concept Design has been really busy, and it looks like that won’t change anytime soon. Read More

Space-planning company partners with furniture maker

October 30, 2015
A maker of space-planning software has partnered with a furniture maker to create more realistic digital experiences for customers. Read More