For Immediate Release – Pendulum CEO Jonathan O’Neil Cole Announced As Member of 2020 VenuesNow All-Stars Class

VenuesNow 2020 All-Stars Class Member Jonathan O’Neil Cole, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Kansas City, Missouri, October 21, 2020

VenuesNow, a B2B trade publication that covers live entertainment venues across the globe has announced their 2020 All-Stars Class. To see the full web feature click this link: VenuesNow 2020 All-Star Feature

The honorees are identified, researched and debated by the VenuesNow editorial team. They also solicit opinions of those who work in the sports industry. Regarding the selection process VenuesNow stated, “we evaluated individuals for factors that included documented excellence, innovation, financial success, commitment to diversity, and leadership in their field, in addition to their response to the challenges that 2020 has brought. We tried to recognize people at multiple levels of the business, not just those at the top.”

Pendulum is thrilled about Jonathan O’Neil Cole’s selection because it advances the Pendulum brand recognition as an established name in the sports architecture marketplace – we are here to stay. Regarding the announcement Cole stated:

“It is incredibly meaningful to receive recognition from a publication as prestigious as VenuesNow and editorial staff that is at the center of everything sport. Acknowledgment from journalists that rub shoulders with the thought-leaders and powerhouses of the industry on a daily basis is humbling. It reinforces that we are working at a very high level. It also bolsters my staff’s confidence in our methodology and relentless work ethic. This achievement is as much about my staff and family as it is about me; they all work incredibly hard, they support my vision, they drive innovation and are the foundation for our accomplishments over the last thirteen years – I am nothing without them.”

Cole has led design efforts on over twenty-five sports facilities across the nation in the last 24 years. During that time he has worked in the capacity of market leader, project designer, project architect and principal in charge.

Jonathan O’Neil Cole AIA, NCARB, NOMA : Resume

Recent News: Firm Acquisition

About VenuesNow:

VenuesNow magazine serves managers, owners, operators and bookers of arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums, performing arts centers, clubs, theaters and convention centers. VenuesNow covers the issues venues care about most, from front-of-house, including operations, security, technology, concessions, bookings, sponsorships, ticketing, tenants and beyond.

For more information please contact Michaela Simpson at Michaela.Simpson@pendulumkc.com

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Pendulum’s CEO Jonathan O’Neil Cole Announced as 2020 Big Brothers Big Sisters KC “Most Wanted Auction” Honoree

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2020 marks the 15th year that Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City will host the “Most Wanted Auction” that recognizes 25 Honorees from the Kansas City business community.  They have been asked to raise funds and awareness for the benefit local youth.  Our CEO, Jonathan O’Neil Cole was recently announced as one of the selected honorees.  The video above provides  insight on a few of his passions in life and why charitable giving for this very worthy cause is important.

We are challenging all of our friends, collaborators, clients and colleagues to assist us in supporting @BBBSKC.  Although we are all negatively impacted by the current COVID19 pandemic we can’t overlook the heightened support needed by our youth…especially now.

Schedule:

  • November 12, 2020 – Silent Auction Items Available For bid
  • December 12, 2020 – Live Auction & Watch Party

What You Can Do Now:

In the upcoming weeks we’ll start posting digital shorts honoring some of our friends that have already donated funds or silent auction items for the cause – don’t get left out…we’d love to tell your story too!

Thank you so much for your support!

Montreal Quebec Canada Dreams

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As architects we often spend a great deal of energy on projects that at the moment feel like the most important work we’ve ever done.  We forget that although we have influence over design we have no control over political will, the economy, and most of all territorial rights and approvals.  That being said, some of our best work gets locked away in the vault or collects dust on a shelf somewhere in the office.

Pendulum designed this ballpark with intensions for placement on the Expo 67 Island in Montreal Quebec Canada.  At the time it felt like the one opportunity we’d have in a long time to aggressively stretch our design thinking – after all, the ballpark is surrounded by architectural icons.

Unfortunately the project came to a screeching halt.  Ten years after the fact our CEO, Jonathan O’Neil Cole said he dreamt he attended an event at the facility….then he woke up with notes on required design adjustments…so that’s what we did.

We never stop thinking about how to make our projects better…As Jonathan always says: “Design Is Change”.

 

FUSE District – Phase One Progress & Announcements

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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…

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

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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!

 

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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 

The Fuse District Vision – Gastonia, NC

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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!

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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