STEM Labs and Beyond

Kingscott's Gallery at 229 East Michigan Ave., Suite 335, Kalamazoo, MI

Exploring Inquiry-Based Collaborative Communities

Recently, two members of Kingscott’s staff made a trip to Germany and joined an invited group of international educational design specialists. They participated in a think tank session on creating collaborative education spaces.

Brendon Pollard, AIA, LEED AP and Joe VanDerBos, LEED AP are members of the think tank team invited by the America’s Schoolhouse Council (a consortium of U.S. education design specialists) and VS America (a Germany-based educational furniture designer).

The group’s goal was to explore a practical approach to inquiry-based learning spaces such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) facilities. The methodology will help school districts understand and implement these new and exciting learning spaces. The think tank team has documented their planning ideas. The next step is to share this information with educators and anyone interested in the newest educational concepts.

Results highlighted in a display January 17-28, 2011

Beginning January 17, Kingscott’s Kalamazoo lobby gallery will feature the group’s findings and concepts. This coincides with the statewide MASA (Michigan Association of School Administrators) conference being held in Kalamazoo later this month. The display will run through Friday, January 28th. The educators and the public are welcome to drop in during regular business hours or contact either Brendon or Joe at 269.381.4880 to schedule a tour.

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Ypsilanti’s Ardis Tech High School

Ypsilanti’s Ardis Elementary school is being converted to house the new Technology High School at Ardis. This innovative learning/teaching program is based on student-driven, student-developed curriculum. Every student will have their own computer. Teachers will function more as facilitators to help students develop study goals and projects and monitor/assist in student success.

The project is partially complete with two new science rooms remaining to be built.

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Kingscott Announces Promotions and New Stockholders

Kingscott is pleased to announce key promotions and new employee stockholders.

David Martin, LEED AP, Rob Atkins, P.E., LEED AP, Todd Haner, AIA

David W. Martin, LEED AP and Project Director has been promoted to Senior Associate. This is a key leadership position in the firm. Martin has been with Kingscott for ten years, serving as a Project Director for eight of those years. He is very active in the company serving on the Leadership Team, Scheduling Committee, Project Management Team, and the LEAN Team.

Robert Atkins, P.E. has been named an Associate.

Todd Haner, AIA has been named an Associate. Todd is a Project Architect and has been with Kingscott for ten years.

In addition, Kingscott embraces the policy of employee ownership. Six members of the staff have accepted stockholder positions:

  • Alissa Ditta, ASID, LEED AP, Interior Designer
  • Karla Dennis, Electrical CAD Designer
  • Gabe Alvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect
  • John Armstrong, AIA, Project Architect
  • Justin Walker, Information Technology Manager
  • Lyal T. Ward, P.E., LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer
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Alvey Receives Architecture License

Gabe Alvey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C recently passed the Architect Registration Exam and has received his license from the Michigan State Board of Architects. Alvey graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelors of Architecture. He has thirteen years of architectural design and project management experience, and for the past ten years at Kingscott he has focused on designing educational buildings.

Gabe has worked with Michigan State University, Dexter Community Schools, Harper Creek Schools, Three Rivers Community Schools, and Kellogg Community College. Gabe and his family—wife Sherri and daughter Lilly live in Richland, MI. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1994, and his parents David and Joan Alvy still reside in Sturgis.

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Barbara Goebel joins Kingscott

Long-time educator, school district administrator, and MASA Region 5 Superintendent of the Year (08-09), Barbara Goebel has joined Kingscott Associates, Inc. She is responsible for K-12 business development and will assist some districts to plan and pass their bond issues. She will also partner with MASA (Michigan Association of School Administrators) to mentor new Superintendents. Barbara is looking forward to sharing her many years of experience and expertise as a Superintendent and Chief Business Official.

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Earl Eddy Joins Kingscott

Earl Eddy, LEED AP has joined Kingscott Associates, Inc. to lead the firm’s efforts in the Senior Living market and manage the Grand Rapids office. Earl has degrees in both architecture and construction management, and he has been involved in Senior Living projects for many years. He is an active member in the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, Aging Services of Michigan, and West Michigan Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Fremont High School Design Approved

Kingscott presented the final architectural design for a new Fremont High School to the Fremont school board Monday, January 11, 2010.  The school will be ready in August 2012.


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