The Grill Nation Show Preview – Next up: Jason Grill & Pendulum’s Jonathan Cole

The Grill Nation Show featuring Jason Grill and Jonathan Cole will air on Saturday July 11, 2020 on KMBZ 980AM and on iTunes.  In this clip Cole answers the question “what is your favorite stadium (that you didn’t work on) and why?”  It is just a sneak peek of the full conversation that goes into detail about Pendulum’s history, inspirations, emotional muscle memory, and design methodology.

Be sure to tune in on Saturday…this will be a lot of fun!

 

For Immediate Release – Jonathan O’Neil Cole Acquires 100% Ownership of Pendulum Studio, LLC

Kansas City, Missouri, July 1, 2020

As founding principal, Jonathan O’Neil Cole has served as managing member and 51% owner of Pendulum, a Kansas City-based architecture firm, since its launch in 2007.  As of July 1, 2020 Cole has acquired the remaining 49% balance of company shares and shall continue serving in his role as practice leader and CEO.

“I am honored to be in the position to continue to lead Pendulum in the direction of growth and innovation.  While this acquisition is more of a formality, I do believe it will provide a great deal of clarity for our employees, collaborators, and past, present, and future clients.  While there are very few things I’d change about our history, we’ve certainly got an extremely bright future ahead of us,” Cole said.

About Pendulum

Founded in 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri, Pendulum has gained notoriety in the sports architecture marketplace with the design of thirteen built sports facilities and counting.  Of recent note Pendulum teamed with Florida based Fawley Bryant Architecture to complete the design of Cool Today Park, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves.  The completion of Cool Today Park in March of 2019 was quickly followed by the two firms being selected to design the  renovation of Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.  In addition to sports architecture Pendulum has developed a reputation for the design of unique Kansas City, Missouri commercial buildings including The Guild, RW/2 Studios, and Crosstown Substation.

About Jonathan O’Neil Cole, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Education

    • 1990 – 1995 California Polytechnic University Pomona, Bachelor of Architecture

Positions Held

    • 1995 HNTB Corporation – Irvine, CA – Design Staff Member
    • 2001 HOK Sport S+V+E – Associate Staff Member
    • 2006 360 Architecture – Architect/Market Leader
    • 2007 Pendulum – Principal

Awards

    • 2020 Rethinking The Future Awards – Future Stadia
    • 2019 CSI Award, Innovative Design + Function – Wyco Vintage Broadway Kansas City, Missouri
    • 2019 CSI Award, Visionary Design – Cool Today Park North Port, Florida
    • 2018 CSI Award, Community Investment – The Corner Ballpark Detroit, Michigan
    • 2018 CSI Award, Excellence in Craftsmanship – Dunkin’ Donuts Park Hartford, Connecticut
    • 2018 Hartford Magazine Best Sports Venue – Dunkin’ Donuts Park Hartford, Connecticut
    • 2018 Kansas City Business Journal Coolest Office Award – Pendulum Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri
    • 2017 Ballpark Digest Best Ballpark Award – Dunkin’ Donuts Park Hartford, CT
    • 2017 Baseballparks.com Ballpark of the Year – Dunkin’ Donuts Park Hartford, CT
    • 2017 ACEC Michigan Engineering Eminent Connector Award – Jimmy John’s Field Utica, Michigan
    • 2017 Phoenix Community Impact Award Excellence in Brownfield Redevelopment – Jimmy John’s Field Utica, Michigan
    • 2017 IIDA Mid America Design Silver Award for Renovation & Restoration – Pendulum Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri
    • 2017 NOMA Honor Award, Built Category – Dunkin’ Donuts Park  Hartford, Connecticut
    • 2016 Ballpark Digest Best Renovation – AutoZone Park Memphis, Tennessee
    • 2014 EDC Cornerstone Award – Crosstown Substation Kansas City, Missouri
    • 2013 NOMA Design Excellence Citation – RW/2 Studio & The Guild Kansas City, Missouri
    • 2013 EDC Cornerstone Award for Residential Building – East Village Apartments Kansas City, Missouri 

For Immediate Release – The Pendulum Conversation Continues

 

The Fuse District Vision – Gastonia, NC

As we progress closer to the completion of the Fuse District Sports Complex scheduled to open in 2021, Our CEO pauses for a moment to look forward.  We applaud the City of Gastonia, NC for their ability to “see the finish line before the race ever started.”

 Thank you for your willingness to trust the process and collaborate with us on your personal version of the  “Small Big Idea.”

Acknowledgements:

Behr Productions – Original Music Score

City of Gastonia – Vision

 

Pendulum Celebrates 13 Year Anniversary!

May 18, 2020 was the 13th anniversary of the launch of Pendulum.  Under normal circumstances we’d be gearing up for an amazing party with friends and close collaborators but these aren’t normal times with COVID-19 forcing the globe to proceed with caution.

Even though we can’t gather together in one place, our CEO Jonathan O’Neil Cole shared a few words about what this year means to him.

Many thanks to our staff, clients, close collaborators for fueling our ability to keep swinging.

Shout outs:

Behr Productions – music score

 

Public Assembly Spaces Post COVID-19, Brief Thoughts on a Path Forward

 

For Immediate Release: Pendulum Selected Winner of 2020 Rethinking The Future Award

Rethinking The Future announced the Winners of their RTF Awards 2020 on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, including Pendulum’s Sports and Recreation Project [Concept] entry, Future Stadia. The conceptual design for the modular sports complex ranges in capacity from 3,000 seats to a total possible capacity of 10,000 seats. The design was created with the intent of targeting communities that desire to promote economic development with sport as the catalyst for growth.

Click image above to view our Project Image Gallery and video

Rethinking The Future Awards are one of the most renowned awards in the field of architecture and design in the world. The Rethinking The Future Awards program aims to bring exceptional works in the field of Architecture the prestige they deserve. The objective of these awards is to raise awareness around the strategies Architects and Designers are employing to deal with the contemporary global challenges, and to bring the best of such projects into the light to inspire the next generation.

About Rethinking The Future:  RTF provides an interactive platform of the highest standard, acknowledging the projects amongst creative and influential industry professionals.  Born out of the need to create ‘fresh perspectives’ on international trends in architecture and design, RTF is now a well-established platform that is the go-to platform for millions of people around the world. RTF stirs discussions on contemporary issues in the field of architecture and the radical approach required to deal with them.




Many thanks to our amazing team: Mickey Ahammed, Theresa Cole, John Iiams, Pat Ryan, and Michaela Simpson.  Without talent, vision, and collaboration the Pendulum does not swing!

 

For Immediate Release – Pendulum Thinks It’s Time For A New Downtown Royals Ballpark

Click this hyperlink to visit our interactive model at www.kansascitylovestheroyals.com

Client Award – Wyco Vintage “Hustlers of the Year”

Our first award goes to Wyco Vintage located at 3535 Broadway Blvd Unit R104 Kansas City, MO 64111.   Wyco Vintage owner Pat Klima is well known for having the largest curated collection of vintage tees in the world.  His team’s resourcefulness and passion for the culture grew into an assembly of collectible art, clothing, sneakers, and brands that include Supreme New York, Off-White, and Nike Air Jordan  just to name a few.  When Pat and partner Adam Compo reached out to Pendulum with an idea to move from their storefront in Merriam, KS to the new Broadway Blvd location just a few blocks from downtown we started with a sit down at our studio (see image below…discussion and deep thought) – “we immediately vibed off of each other’s energy and critical eye” said Pendulum founding principal Jonathan Cole.  There’s a lot that could be said about the process and journey from conversation to lines on paper, to virtual reality model, to the final built product.  The entire process took about six weeks; yes…we hustled.

Cole commented further, “one of the cool things about this project was being exposed to Pat’s breadth of knowledge of the vintage culture, he’s  plugged in beyond trends, the entire team has a nose for authenticity that is refreshing.  We got on a wavelength  rather quickly that resulted in us finishing each other’s sentences…Pat is ten years ahead…which is exactly where I like to think I am.”

Wyco Vintage is hands down the rightful recipient of the “Hustler of the Year Award”.  Since opening their doors October 17, 2019, they’ve brought a new energy to the vintage and sneaker culture in Kansas City – we can’t think of a storefront like it.  As Wyco’s notoriety has increased there’s been notable celebrity foot traffic in the store from NFL stars to internationally recognized musicians.  As far as we are concerned Wyco Vintage needs to be on everyone’s radar, not as up and comers but real hustlers and movers and shakers in the game.

When asked to comment on the award, Wyco Vintage owner Pat Klima stated “I Appreciate Pendulum for recognizing the work our team has been putting in.  The last year was our best yet and 2020 is already off to an insane start.  This acceleration wouldn’t be possible without the design and expertise Pendulum provided in building out the store.  The number one compliment we get at the shop is “you guys have the nicest store”.  We can’t wait to start working on the next location with the Pendulum squad!”

For more info and images of the store click the link: Wyco Vintage Broadway

Acknowledgements:

Mickey Ahammed (Pendulum) – Designer

Dale Frommelt (Fab+) – Collaborator/Fabricator/Installation

Pascal Meya (Meya Metalworks) – Custom Steel Fabrication

Jonathan Cole, AIA, NCARB, NOMA (Pendulum) – Facilitator

Wyco Vintage – Hustlers

 

For Immediate Release – 2020 Pendulum Client Awards

 

As designers, awards are highly coveted in recognition of our vision and as acknowledgment from our peers and colleagues for a job well done.  When our projects win our clients win – they share in the bragging rights, but we’ve decided to take that sentiment a step further.  Pendulum is pleased to announce the launch of the “Pendulum Client Awards”.  We will nominate and select three clients from the previous year for their accomplishments in their individual market segments, their vision, and overall willingness to collaborate with us on the execution of designs that we believe in.

We’ll announce the first of three awards on January 30, 2020 at 10 AM CST.