Strategic Insights

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 […]

Not Your Parent’s Dining Experience
Trends in On-Campus Dining

University dining halls have changed drastically over the past few decades, and the gap between them continues to widen. It’s amazing just how much it’s changed over the years.

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.

Choosing Furniture and Fixtures in Memory Care

When choosing furniture for memory care facilities, special attention must be paid to the fabric, cushion and design of the piece. Choosing the correct furniture can help make daily life easier for both residents and staff.

Neocon 2016: Cue the Hollywood Music (and the line for the elevator)

By Jessica Griffis I first started attending NeoCon while in design school and quickly became enamored with what is arguably […]

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.

More than Attraction: What Makes Employees Stay?

Employers are scrambling to identify the best ways to bring talent in and keep them engaged.

How Unique Spaces Are Helping Churches Reach New People

This is the second part of a three-part blog series focused around unique ways that worship facilities can work to attract new members.

Applying Universal Design to Aquatic Environments

Taking the time to step back and look at how the space will be used, and who it will used by, can help determine the overall layout and degree of flexibility required for the space.

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 […]

Designing Interiors That Work for Memory Care Residents

  Throughout my career I’ve come to learn one very important thing: in order to create a space for someone, […]

A Lesson in Employee Satisfaction: What Healthcare Can Learn From Traditional Offices

Workplace studies have shown that engaged employees are more productive. Even a slight increase in staff performance can cover the initial cost of a better work environment.

Designing Spaces That Work For a Multigenerational Workforce

As Millennials continue to flood the workplace and organizations are competing for new talent, many leaders have focused on changes to the work environment that will attract and appeal to the new majority.

Why Lighting Is So Important When Designing for Dementia Patients

Good lighting can help dementia patients by allowing them to easily see what is around them.

Interior Design or Decorating?

An interior design solution is functional, improves the quality of life, culture, health, safety and wellbeing of its occupants

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.

The Road Less Traveled: How Rethinking Circulation Can Change Your User’s Experience

As designers, circulation (which refers to the way people move through and interact with a space) is often seen as […]

The Science of Choosing Colors

The use of color is central to all work in interior design. Whether the designer is a trained professional or […]

Design for the Digital Native

New technologies are immersive, even addictive. Environments saturated in these technologies can drain people’s energy and enthusiasm if employers aren’t […]

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”

Celebrating Design Success with Saint Mary’s Foundation

The Progressive AE interior design team won the award for hospitality space under 10,000 square feet featuring Saint Mary’s Foundation project.

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.

Media Industries Thrive on Togetherness, Done Right

Faced with reinventing itself, the media industry looks to design a workplace that nurtures in-office collaboration, innovation and productivity.

The Environment’s Impact on Healing the Mind

With a significant sector of the population affected by mental illness it is imperative that we understand how to design space to aid in the healing process.