FUSE District – Phase One Progress & Announcements

One of the most fulfilling aspects of architectural practice is witnessing vision progress toward reality.  Pendulum’s CEO Jonathan O’Neil Cole spent time on site this week reviewing construction progress with City of Gastonia staff.  The project is currently on a trajectory for an on time completion January 2021.

The project experienced an additional boost with Brandon Bellamy, owner of the Velocity Companies announced as approved owner of the Gastonia, NC Atlantic League franchise.

Click Brandon’s name above for a link to the Baseball America official press release.

History was made…and it’s only the beginning.

Acknowledgements:

  • City of Gastonia, NC – Tenacity
  • Brandon Bellamy – Fuel
  • Jonathan Cole Sr. – Vision…

Venues Game-Plan For Safe Fan Visit – Pendulum in the News

As sports across the globe are beginning to return, organizations at all levels of play are actively contemplating the right approach with an obvious default to caution.  Pendulum’s Jonathan Cole is quoted in a recent article written by Joe Mock in USA Today Sports Weekly on the topic of seating bowls during the COVID era.  Also quoted is Nick Sunderhaus, a national security expert and collaborator in Pendulum’s Part-Two release of “Public Assembly Post COVID19” .

As we continue our conversations with owners, operators, athletes, and fans, it is clear that there are still many unanswered questions, but we are seeing movement in the sports marketplace.  NASCAR was the first sport in the USA to host fans at a large scale (30,000) and now we see college wood bat leagues including the Coastal Plain League and United Shores Professional Baseball League following suit in states that will allow it with up to 1,300 fans in attendance.

Part-Three of our five part series will address how the market is responding to change.  Is design the answer?  Stay tuned…

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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 – 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 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

 

Fuse District Groundbreaking Ceremony!

October 3rd, 2019 marked the beginning of construction for the Fuse District Multi-sport Complex.  Congratulations to the City of Gastonia staff for their tenacity and determination, to Mayor Walker Reid for his leadership and vision, and to the Gastonia City Council for their ongoing support for the project.

During the next fourteen months Rodgers Builders will work to transform the existing 9.4 acre downtown site into a beautiful community green space.

Click the rotating image above to take the virtual tour of the project.  Stay tuned for upcoming  project updates and announcements.