AIA Southwest Michigan People’s Choice & Merit Awards

AIA Southwest Michigan Design Awards

We are honored to announce that our client’s project, The Charles & Lynn Zhang Portage Community Senior Center, has received The American Institute of Architects Southwest Michigan 2022 Merit Award and the People’s Choice Award! Together with our client, Byce & Associates, Inc. along with AVB, Inc., created a new multi-story, 36,000 SF facility focused on seniors and associated interested and services in the community. 

This facility is comprised of a partial lower and second level with a mezzanine and office support functions, multi-purpose fitness, community event, and continuing education rooms. The center includes multi-functional outdoor spaces for outdoor activities, gatherings, and events. Features of the building include multi-purpose rooms with the capability to accommodate large groups with a performance stage, a courtyard and outdoor fireplace for socializing, a terrace for warm weather activities, and a multi-purpose activity space that can accommodate pickleball, fitness classes, and a promenade for indoor walking in Winter. 

Also included is a commercial kitchen to facilitate cooking classes and catered events, a banquet facility to accommodate public and private events, ADA accessible restrooms, seminar and classroom space, coffee shop, gaming space for activities such as billiards and table tennis, as well as a dedicated space for quiet reading and reflection. 

To read more about the project, click here.

In addition, we are honored to announce that our client’s project, Advia Credit Union’s New Corporate Headquarters & Retail Facility has received The American Institute of Architects Southwest Michigan 2022 Merit Award! Together with our clients, Byce & Associates, Inc. along with Granger Construction, brought this 150,000 SF facility to a site located on a main arterial road amongst big box stores, national franchised chains, and single-family residential neighborhoods.

A central and inviting, functional atrium was incorporated to draw customers, staff, and the community into the three-story, sunlit space. From this vantage point, the building becomes intuitive in its organization and placement of the various multi-use functions and associated wayfinding. The atrium provides a dynamic space that connects the various functions: retail banking, member services, corporate management, community event space, employee amenities, as well as the mixed-use retail and tenant spaces.

The site includes public walking trails, multiple meeting, conference, and event space rooms all dedicated to community focused programs and uses located off the atrium. The large community room is equipped with a kitchen and catering functions, presentation capabilities, an interior spill out reception space , and an exterior terraced palza and fire pit for public programmed use.

With its founding tied to the Kalamazoo area, Advia is an active corporate sponsor and advocate for this community.

To read more about the project, click here.

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