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

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

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”.

 

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

 

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

 

Design Is Everywhere Volume 02 – Sportswear Passion

For the last 23 years I’ve spent virtually every day of my life working in some capacity on sports projects. That being said, my work has required relentless travel across the nation to service my clients and projects.  One of the many things I learned early in my career from my mentor Henry Stickney (former CEO of Mandalay Baseball Properties) is, “if you’re going to travel – log miles with one airline.”  When we first met we were “logging miles” together on TWA exclusively. He would layover in St. Louis, MO just long enough for me to meet up with him for a flight to Dayton, OH. We did this every week for about two years. After TWA was bought out we started logging miles on Delta. Two million miles later… the rest is history.

This volume of “Design Is Everywhere” is documentation of my travels and a tribute to my many clients over the years. One of the additional lessons learned from Hank, as the owner/operator of several Minor League Baseball teams and the individual who taught me everything I know about the business of baseball, is, when you go to a ballpark, you should always buy merchandise; after all, it’s all about the per caps baby!”.  I’ve kept that lesson close to my heart for the last 20 years. He helped me to understand that my contribution to the ballpark-built environment is about more than just lines on paper. The truth of the matter is that I’m a real fan of the game and a fan of what my clients do. I’m excited about their brands and I proudly wear their gear on the streets of Kansas City all the time. When we design a ballpark, we pour our sweat and occasional tears into what we are doing; as far as I’m concerned we are members of the team even though we’re not playing on the field. As such we find that during the process of design there are a few funny stories that develop along the way. Even more important than that: there are real relationships that we’ve developed and nurtured over the years that are a byproduct of the work. Some of these relationships have absolutely shaped who we have become. So shout out to all the teams featured in this volume; we wouldn’t be who we are without you!

Stay tuned for the next volume release, we’ll share a few stories about how several of our clients have impacted our trajectory over the years.

Credits:

Behr Productions – Original Music Score (instagram @behr_productions)

Kyleigh Rowe – Graphics & Animation

Lauren Gripka – Photography

Lee Frommelt – Copy Editor

Michaela Simpson – Stylist