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.
IIDA Kansas City hosted their largest event of the year, Color + Couture 2014 where models walk the runway wearing fashions made from carpet, tile, wall coverings, and other interior materials created by local architecture and interior design firms. Pendulum and Museo were teamed together to design a look using BuzziSpace Felt Fabric. This video provides a behind the scenes look at our night backstage and on the runway.
IIDA Kansas City – Thanks for organizing such a wonderful event.
Museo + Trinh Trieu – Spectacular collaborators…we loved working with the BuzziSpace felt fabric
John Iiams – Watch the video…dude put it down
Lauren Cruz – Our resident compass
Timmy Trabon – Amazing video and editing…”rumble young man rumble”
Next Up: The Details Episode 03 – A day in the hood with the Wade Brothers
Pendulum in conjunction with Museo participated in IIDA’s “Color + Couture” this year where we were honored with the “Haute Couture” Award.
The official full length video will be released this Friday November 28th so stay tuned…in the meantime we thought we’d give you a quick 15 second snapshot of our night on the runway. Be sure to watch for our model “Mr. Iiams” rocking Pendulum’s signature motorcycle garb.
When Devan and I started Pendulum the industry standard was three years before you’d be considered a real business. As the economic downturn reared its ugly head five years was the new normal…and now we hear ten is what it takes before the industry takes you seriously. Well, 5/18/2014 made seven years in the game and the Pendulum is still swinging. Are we real? I guess that depends on who you talk to, but as the resident realist I will say that it has been an honor to contribute to the built environment with the projects featured in the collage above. In behalf of our naysayers and despite our reputation for upsetting the apple cart I suppose we’ll hold off on having any major parties until year ten, but in the meantime we’ll keep grinding, hustling, competing, growing, and broadening our horizons…the next evolution for us is right around the corner.
Many thanks to all of our families, friends, staff, clients, and collaborators for inspiring us to keep it moving.
Today we were in the studio with The Wade Brothers shooting a new spot featuring the leadership at Pendulum. Devan was the first to go so I had a little fun shadowing the man behind the camera. It’s funny to me how often people take for granted the skill required to be a successful photographer/director/business owner at the top of your game. The time that I’ve spent with these guys has taught me that it takes a lot – charm, charisma, vision, impeccable taste, and hustle, to name a few. The really funny take away from all of this is the fact that It’s obvious we’re having a good time even though we hate getting our pictures taken…”Respect The Shooter”.
In answer to your questions:
1. Yes, that’s a skateboard half-pipe in the background
2. Music – Dwele “Greater Than One” LP – Track #9 “Swank”
3. I know, I know – shooting video with my iPhone in portrait orientation messed the whole thing up.
Inner City Health Care – Modern, Modular, Affordable
When Swope Health Services approached us about transforming a former night club located at 8825 Troost into a community health clinic, we were pretty excited about the potential to have an impact on the community through design. Although the existing condition of the building (as illustrated above) provided us with a strong dose of reality, i.e. there was quite a bit of work to be done in a short period of time; we were encouraged by the enthusiasm and leadership of our client who stated: “We want this facility to be the benchmark for our new clinics.”
We responded to our clients call to action by first setting a baseline for their design expectations through a series of charrettes with administrators, doctors, and operations staff. We then narrowed our approach to three simple characteristics: clean, warm, and colorful. The images below illustrate our final solution.
In addition to Pendulum Studio’s interior design, our subsidiary brand Modular Products LLC designed and fabricated a 9′- 0″ long check out counter and a 13′-0″ long reception desk. Both elements feature aluminum construction with a powder coat/clear coat finish, backlit accent panels, and integrated filing system by Square One Interiors.
The Month of May is special for Pendulum Studio – my business partner and I decided to hang our own shingle on May 18, 2007 (Incorporation Day), My wife and I tied the knot May 30, 1998, we’ll move into our new office space May 2011. As we continue to reach new milestones in our careers it only seems appropriate to launch our blog in our favorite month of the year.
We’ll save random thoughts for our twitter posts and instead “break ice” with dialogue centered around issues we encounter while practicing architecture during troubled economic times – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
It’s been reported that there are over 400 unemployed architects in the Kansas City metro alone and the numbers are climbing. Firms that have been considered household names for the past 25 years (affectionately referred to as the 800 pound gorillas) have started to bleed – there’s just not enough bananas to go around. Principal Owner’s of these firms are adopting guerilla warfare tactics just to stay alive. The “client pool” is becoming harder and harder to secure on the long term – fueled by the desperation of the profession. The “client pool” treats “us” (architects in general) as second class citizens because guess what…”if we don’t like it, there’s always another architect out there willing to do the work and live to die another day” – which says something about “us” (yet another topic for discussion).
As my business partner often says – “It’s tough out there”, yet we are still aggressively optimistic. We are living in the era of the “market challenger” – it’s time for us to be smarter, faster and more agile while conducting better business in general. It’s time for all of “us” to ingest a healthy dose of “get right” (as my father often says), and bring value back to this devalued profession.