2017 marked a number of milestones for Pendulum. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary, opened Jimmy John’s Field, and witnessed the incredible journey of the Hartford Yard Goats with the opening of Dunkin’ Donuts Park – the 2017 recipient of http://www.baseballparks.com “Ballpark of the Year” Award.
Pendulum also enjoyed a couple nice key wins on deck for 2019 and 2020. following the opening of our Coastal Plains League (CPL) facility in Holly Springs Pendulum was awarded the role of Architect of Record for the Fuse District Multi-Use Complex in Gastonia, NC (also CPL). The Fawley Bryant/Pendulum team won the design of the new Atlanta Braves spring training complex currently under construction in North Port, FL.
As we look ahead to 2018 we are in eager anticipation of opening two new Pendulum facilities, Willie Horton Field of Dreams for the Detroit Police Athletic League and Historic Luther Williams Field, home of the Macon Bacon (the absolute best team name ever – keep sizzling!).
Finally, at the 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando we released our new Sports centric flip book/digital brochure that graphically highlights several of our aforementioned project milestones. Check it out here: www.pendulumsport.com
The Pendulum keeps swinging….
- Dunkin’ Donuts Park Photo Credit – Robert Benson Photography
- Our Clients – Thank you for encouraging us to keep taking chances and pushing the envelope.
- Joe Mock, http://www.baseballparks.com – We’re still excited about the DDP award!
- Our Peers & Competitors – Thanks for the fuel…
- Pendulum Staff – Let’s get it!
Today’s featured project is Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats located in Hartford, CT.
This project has been under such scrutiny for the last three years that unless for some reason you’ve been stranded on a deserted island or hiding under a rock and missed all the happenings you should be up to date. If not please check out the in-depth review by Joe Mock of http://www.baseballparks.com (Joe Mock is a noted ballpark aficionado and freelance journalist for USA TODAY). With over 7,000 words describing the ballpark we’re not sure there’s anything else we can say about it that he hasn’t…well maybe a few things but we’ll save that for cocktail hour conversations.
The Right Field “Knuckle”
Connecticare Outfield Group Area
View From Left Field Seating
Premium Suite Interior
Premium Suite Graphic Wall
Team Store View
YG Club Interior
Main Concourse Signage
Stay tuned for our next Dunkin’ Donuts Park post, we’ll be launching a walking tour of the facility.
Today’s featured project is 1512 Holmes Street located in the East Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO. This adaptive reuse of a former transmission repair shop serves as the midwest headquarters of Pendulum.
This 5,000 SF interior accurately reflects the personality and interests of its owners who are automotive enthusiasts. There are subtle hints of the relationship between the building’s past use and its present inspiration throughout. The overall aesthetic of the interior revolves around a balance of raw materials with a consistent notion of refined edges.
Wall Mural By Dale Frommelt – Egg Design
Conference Room During Regular Hours
Conference Room Transformation
Finding innovative ways to customize elements within the design for multi-purpose and flexibility was a key component of the design challenge. Therefore the first-floor conference room table transforms into a billiards table that accommodates formal and informal hospitality. The second-floor east lounge acts as an informal living room and presentation space, while the second-floor west lounge is reserved for formal entertainment and board meetings with a restored 1920’s Koken barber chair as the centerpiece.
2nd Floor East Lounge
2nd Floor West Lounge
The preconceived notion of how a work environment is supposed to look, feel, and function is challenged by our space. Some believe that a business is supposed to be serious and efficient. In this case we are a bit more eclectic, the ultimate compliment is when people see the space and ask what we actually do for a living. “Is this an office, a bar, a billiards hall, an automotive shop, a speakeasy…do you get any work done?” The answer is yes to all of the above…this space represents a lifestyle that fosters creativity in contrast to a “bin for stacking people”.
1512 Holmes Street was the recipient of the 2017 IIDA Kansas City Mid America Design Awards (MADA) Silver Award for Renovation & Restoration.
Shout out to Adri Guyer Photography on the snaps!
Today’s featured project is AutoZone Park located in Memphis, TN. Already considered a gem in the baseball community, Pendulum was retained by the St. Louis Cardinals to reduce the capacity of the ballpark and enhance/maximize the fan experience. The original grass seating berm felt disconnected from the game so we reduced fixed seating down each baseline in exchange for new berm. “Big Red’s BBQ” was added in right field as a group area featuring huge plumes of smoke and BBQ smells on the concourse. ADA seating was also expanded throughout the existing seating bowl.
Throughout the renovation process there was a great emphasis on the addition semi-premium amenities to cater to a younger demographic. We reduced the final premium suite count from 40 to 22, then repurposed the square-footage as group areas that included billiards tables, branded bars, and administrative offices.
View From Renovated Home Plate Club
Right Field Line Billiards Club
AutoZone Park Renovation was the recipient of Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Best Ballpark Renovation Award.
Today’s featured project is the Beacon Hill Homes located in Kansas City, MO. The traditional front porch concept was raised to the second floor which maximizes views from the kitchen and open living area toward the downtown skyline. Each home consists of three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, half basement, and attached two car garage.
Kitchen Interior View
Pendulum also designed the “Distend Home”, a single story prototype for the Make It Right Foundation that was scheduled to be built in the Mannheim Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO.
“Distend Home” Rendering
“Distend Home” Floor Plan
Today’s featured project is Jimmy John’s Field located in Utica, MI. This former six acre landfill is now home to the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) which hosts four teams: Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers, Eastside Diamond Hoppers, Westside Woolly Mammoths, and the Utica Unicorns who just launched their sophomore season May 11, 2017.
This ballpark is a prime example of how brownfield redevelopment can lead to economic development opportunities that invigorate communities. “The Small Big Idea” is interwoven throughout the execution of this project with “big league” features at a small scale. Most people believe you have to invest over $25M in a ballpark to foster economic sustainability, but with an all-in budget of $16M we’ve proven otherwise.
Bowl View From Center Field
Dugout Level Group Seating
Cabana Suite Behind Dugouts
AAA Club Behind Home Plate
Jimmy John’s Field is the recipient of the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies Michigan Chapter’s (ACEC/M) most prestigious honor, the Engineering Conceptor Award.
Today’s featured project is the North Main Athletic Complex located in Holly Springs, NC. The ballpark is part of a larger master planned sports complex that is the home of the Holly Springs Salamanders, members of the Coastal Plains League.
This project was a collaboration with Pendulum and Raleigh, NC based firm Integrated Design.