Strategic Insights

Design Fuel Newsletter Fall 2017

The latest editions of Design Fuel, Progressive AE’s biannual company newsletter, are out! This time around we’ve produced two newsletters […]

Brightmoor Christian Church Wins National Design Award

Brightmoor Christian Church in Novi, MI, has received a national Solomon Award for excellence in design. The large expansion and […]

Can People See In? Why Visibility Matters for Places of Worship

What effect do visibility and the ability to see inside have on places of worship? For Brightmoor Christian Church, the change has been incredible and helped reintroduce the church to the community.

Commuting on Foot: Mixed use Trends on the Urban Front

One of the single largest contributing factors to our lifestyle is mixed use development. Shopping, dining, and workplaces accessible by short walks, public transportation, and a density that links them all, are fueling the renewal of existing urban places, and a genesis of new placemaking.

Transforming Spaces for Advanced Manufacturing Education

By Ned Baxter What is advanced manufacturing? Manufacturing doesn’t look today how many still imagine it: large-scale, repetitive, and unskilled. […]

The Future of Workplace

What does the future hold for trends in the workplace, and what have been the long-term effects of past trends?

Worship Facility Discernment Toolkit

How do you know if it’s better to build new or expand your current facility?

Key Takeaways: PivotPoint Manufacturing Event

This past March we hosted an event for manufacturers featuring presentations from key leaders and professionals.

Seven Universal Design Changes You Can Make Today

By Mike Perry There is no such thing as “one-size fits all” when it comes to humans. According to the […]

Etiquette in the Age of the Open Office

By Melissa Powell Sheppard The first widely distributed reference on etiquette was written in 1922 when Emily Post authored “Etiquette […]

St. Mary Magdalen Church Wins National Solomon Award

By John Van Houten and Jamie Benvenuto We are thrilled to share that St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church has been […]

Progressive AE Takes Home AIA Grand Rapids Awards

Three projects, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Mary Free Bed YMCA and Mercy Health St. Mary’s Cafeteria, brought home awards from AIA Grand Rapids.

Getting the Most Out of Your Facility Assessment

Is your worship facility working for you? Will it still be working 20 years from now? Planning ahead can help […]

Competitive On-Campus Housing Solutions

According to “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015,” an annual survey put out by UCLA, nearly 80 percent of incoming freshman lived in on-campus student housing last fall. And more than 40 percent of those same students said they chose their college based on a campus visit experience.

Building for Transformation – DeVos Family Center for Scouting Renovation

The local Grand Rapids Boy Scouts chapter recently launched a campaign titled “Build Character Today, Lead Tomorrow” to expand the DeVos Family Center for Scouting.

Thom Danckaert Named “Young Architect of Year” by AIA Michigan

Thom Danckaert, Lead Design Architect with Progressive AE, has been named Young Architect of the Year by AIA Michigan.

Tri County Area Schools Break Ground on Building Updates

  School safety has become an important topic over the past several years. According to the National Center for Education […]

The Great Commission – Fishing is More Than a Weekend Hobby

The most successful church expansions are ones that support specific ministry goals. Unique ways that worship facilities can work to attract new members. This is part one of a three-part blog series focused around unique ways that worship facilities can work to attract new members.

Building an Affordable City

When communities support the development of affordable housing, it spurs economic development and ensures people and families of all income levels have a place to live. That push for affordable housing in Grand Rapids is a major goal of the City’s new master plan.

Waterford Place Rehab Center Grand Opening

The building not only allows for state-of-the-art care to be delivered, but also provides a space for respite, socialization, reflection and a celebration of life.

The Inaugural Year: Kruizenga Art Museum

The museum will provide “hands-on” learning opportunities for all academic disciplines at Hope College.

Creating Value through Design

Research is growing and it is showing the positive impact architecture, planning and design has on learning environments and the associated outcomes.

Openness in Worship Spaces

Churches often have preconceptions about what their space needs, without understanding the impact space can have on the experience and performance of the environment.

Sustainability Solutions

Sustainability continues to be an important element in the retail industry, with 78.3% of all retail chains reporting the use of environmentally friendly material.

Student Dining Halls as a Recruitment Tool

It’s a never ending struggle, a numbers game. Colleges and universities with the biggest and newest offerings compete for the […]

Meet Drew: Anticipating Workplace Needs and Styles

“I want to work in an environment that makes me happy – that inspires my curious mind, encourages my unique voice, and enables me to collaborate”

Trust: Building a Sound Foundation

A little bit of knowledge can go a long way in building trust. Learn the basic differences in construction delivery methods to make the right choice for you.

Brand: The Inseparable Connection Between Online and Retail Stores

By balancing technology and human interaction, retailers can have an active online and physical presence.

A Learning Facility’s Influence on Outcomes: Have You Assessed Yours Lately?

With shrinking resources and budget limitations, it is critical to understand the utilization and condition of your current facilities and infrastructure.

National Roll-out: Say it With Photos

Using images to capture details can be your team’s most powerful tool for progress.

The Downtown Market: Earning Awards and National Recognition

Kudos to our community leaders who had the foresight to understand all great cities have a downtown urban market.

Managing a Multi-Outlet Media Industry Overhaul

A collection of 10,000 photographs from the Advance Publications national roll-out.

The Impact of Local Culture on Workplace Design

Sharing “aha moments” from our work with MLive Media Group and the national roll-out with parent company, Advance Publications.

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living

PACE and Adult Day programs are allowing seniors to age in place. Download a FREE visioning synthesis from our one-day community forum.

How Outpatient Strategy Affects Facilities (Part 2 of 2)

To support the focus on wellness care over medical care, facilities need to change.

It’s a Process: Transformation by Design

Find out how MLive Media Group changed everything about the way they do business.