Michigan State University Center for Immersive Media Studies

museums, markets, and derelict buildings

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Megan Feenstra Wall
Thursday, July 11, 2013

After a slow fall, AIA Grand Rapids tours had a great line-up of buildings and construction sites to visit this spring. We started with a lunchtime tour of the Kendall Building by Brian Swem of Lott3Metz. This once derelict building is near the corner of Fulton and Division and will hold offices, retail, and apartments. Demolition is near complete and rough framing was underway, so we got a glimpse of both what the building had been (and the state it had fallen to) and what it will be. All agreed it was a great way to spend a lunch break.

Mid May, a group headed to Lansing for an excellent tour of the Broad Museum on MSU's campus. This striking Zaha Hadid design was recently constructed, and Kevin Marshall of IDS-Troy (Architect of Record) gave us a fascinating glimpse into the sophistication and determination it took to bring it to completion. Kevin was full of stories, facts, and tidbits that brought the process and the building to life.

Most recently, Craig Nicely and Michelle Hoffner of Progressive AE took us through the Downtown Market on Ionia. The outdoor market opened this summer, but the indoor market is still under construction. We had a great turnout for this visit to a building that stands to change the way Grand Rapids thinks about food downtown. We also welcomed members of the AIA Michigan board who were in town for a state board meeting in Grand Rapids.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and keep your eyes out for more tours this fall! 

If you have a building you'd like to show off or one you'd love to poke around in (and can't figure out how to bypass the construction fence), please email Megan at mwall@amdgarchitects.com.