Jeff Johnson

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I ran myself over with a full-size van when I was a small child. That is a fact.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Edward Garza, a neighborhood friend of mine, said that my childhood home wasn’t designed properly because the work triangle in the kitchen was too big. Being prideful of the fact that my father renovated our kitchen on his own, I told him that he didn’t know what he was talking about. I entered the 9th grade with the goal of proving Eddie wrong. According to the drafting books, he was correct; however, architecture is more than just simply rotating your pencil while drawing and learning a couple of rules out of a book…right?
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • I’d have to say grip followed by persistence and stamina to push beyond the obvious solutions to create something extraordinary.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My greatest personal achievement has yet to be accomplished. As I’ve contemplated this question, I’m careful not to suggest that my greatest achievement to date is all I must give. I am proud of several things, however. I’m proud of my family, my drive to solve problems, my desire to help or coach others, my quest to be empathetic and be stubborn all at the same time, and many others. I am also somewhat proud to have persevered on how to use a three-axis CNC router machine to engrave on a tapering cylindrical object.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Becoming an architect is likely my greatest professional achievement. While the apparent role of an architect is easy to understand, the less apparent roles have allowed me to succeed in our profession and have given me an opportunity to work with amazing clients. Some of my clients view me as a project psychiatrist, optometrist, and/or cheerleader.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I enjoy staying busy when I’m not at work, and most people would think our lives are borderline chaotic. My time is often taken up by opportunities to develop professional skills in a more non-traditional way. Leadership development, business acumen, design exploration, and investment strategies are satisfied and honed with coaching baseball, creating crafts, renting properties, and exploring concepts of generational wealth.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I’m mostly motivated and inspired by amazing designers that take simple thoughts or words and create beautiful objects. My most rewarding experiences are when clients tell us they couldn’t have ever imagined their project to be so amazing.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • I would like to hopefully move the needle of our profession by inspiring others to seek out meaningful design engagements to generate thoughtful architecture that is responsive to the current and future needs of society.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  – Wayne Gretsky

Tracey Johnston

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I have a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • When I was in high school I was very interested in design and actually had a class in Interior Design.  I was drawn to interiors for how a space can affect people both positively and negatively.  Luckily my counselor knew that Michigan State had a CIDA accredited Interior Design program and suggested I check it out.  I went home that day and told my Mom I was going to MSU!
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Honesty
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Being a mom to my son Max.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Working on the MSU Football office renovation was really exciting.  I am especially proud to have been a part of the team that just won new work at the Duffy football building.   While I am a football fan, it’s most gratifying as an alum give back to the place that gave me my professional start.  I also serve on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design program at MSU.
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I love spending time with my husband Greg and son Max.  I also enjoy gardening and landscaping at home.   We bought a neglected house a few years back and while it’s a work in progress I love bringing it back to life little by little.
  1. What motivates you?
    • Delivering a successful project for the people that inhabit the spaces I design.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My overarching goal as an Interior Designer is to contribute at a level that elevates the perception of our profession beyond the selection of colors and finishes.

“You know something is well designed when it has functional and emotional value”  – Unknown

Dirk Greene

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I truly love the art of woodworking. I have a garage full of wood working tools and love making cabinets and other hand-crafted items.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • Ever since I could remember I knew I wanted to go into the field of engineering. From an early age I have always enjoyed problem solving. I also had a grandfather and a few family members that were in the engineering field as well who always taught me to work hard until the job is complete.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • My greatest strength in life is determination. From my work to my personal life, I have always pushed myself when things get tough to achieve the goals I want to accomplish for myself. I have learned that hard work is worth it in the end.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • The most recent personal achievement would be creating a seven foot tall maple cabinet for my father-in-law.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • I have been fortunate, as most of us have been here at IDS, to work on a wide variety of projects. From a professional achievement, I have been fortunate to work on several Data Centers, most at FCA/Stellantis Plants and one at ITC Holdings. They have been very interesting and rewarding projects before, after and during design!
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Throughout the year I really enjoy golfing, playing basketball, hunting, fishing, and spending time up north with my wife and puppy!
  1. What motivates you?
    • At work, final construction designs are what motivates me the most. Seeing the end design of each project is always worth the time and effort I put in.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • My professional goal is to become a licensed mechanical engineer, PE. Step one is done as I passed the FE. Still working hard and studying to pass the next exam!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Broke Ground On Birmingham High School Athletics!

Integrated Design Solutions joined the administrators, staff, and students of Ernest W. Seaholm High School and Wylie E. Groves High School on November 2nd to break ground on the High School Athletics. High School athletic facilities serve more than the student-athlete; they are spaces for the entire school community to come together. IDS could not be more excited to be a part of these amazing projects at Ernest W. Seaholm High School for the New Auxilary Gym and at Wylie E. Groves High School for the Concession and Team Buildings. Both of these projects are a part of the Birmingham Bond Improvements that were passed in 2020.

 

Pontiac Athletics Renovation Featured on Cick On Detroit “Something Good” Series

For the first time in 30 years, a bond passed for the School District of the City of Pontiac, the capital bond improvements included many upgrades and renovations. Part of the capital bond improvements are the new urethane track, and artificial turf field are that IDS has been working with the School District of the City of Pontiac. Pontiac High School Athletics Field has existed for many years. In previous years, it was Pontiac Northern High School until 2009, when Pontiac Northern and Pontiac Central merged. Now, this field is being updated and envied by others. The new “Phoenix” field is to be complete fall of 2021.

To check out more about the new Athletic Field Renovation Click Here!

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Be sure to check out the Something Good Article from Click on Detroit!

 

Two Great Students Receive 2021 Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship

Shawn Jones and Kymarria Rouser, have been selected as the recipients of the 2021 Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship with the School District of the City of Pontiac. The scholarship provides funds to students who plan to attend a college or university in Fall 2021. The students must also be pursuing engineering or post-secondary education in STEM. Integrated Design Solutions has proudly provided architecture and engineering services to the district for years and is committed to helping students succeed after high school. Congratulations Shawn and Kymarria!

Pontiac Scholarship
Pontiac Scholarship

 

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Michigan Union Received An Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Illumination Merit Award!

The Michigan Union received a 2021 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Illumination Merit Award!


Located in the heart of Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan campus, the Michigan Union is an iconic building, rich in Michigan tradition and history. The original building was designed in 1919 with additions in 1930’s and 50’s. The design team of IDS, Workshop Architect and Hartman Cox along with the dedicated Students of the Michigan Union Board of Representatives, Building a Better Michigan and others spent many hours developing a concept with a focus on transforming and restoring the Union to serve the needs of students better while maintaining the historic nature of the building. The Michigan Union houses study and meeting spaces, six eateries, shops and student services. The Union is home to the IdeaHub, a collaborative space designed to support the University of Michigan’s over 1500 student organizations.


For more information on The Michigan Union, go to our website or follow this link https://ids-michigan.com/projects/michigan-union/
Photography 📷 by: Jeff Garland

Winning Project

Michigan Union Renovation
University of Michigan

Career Milestone Achieved IDS Has Two New Licensed Architects

We want to give a big congratulations to Kyle DiMaggio and Craig Sykes for achieving the career milestone of passing the architectural licensing exams. Becoming a licensed architect is a challenging journey requiring dedication to complete the multiple parts of the test, but these two pushed through and completed them all. Please join us in congratulating Kyle DiMaggio and Craig Sykes!

 

More about our new licensed Architects:

Kyle DiMaggio, RA, NCARB

From a young age, Kyle wanted to become an architect; he made sure to take an interest in anything he could that would assist him in becoming an architect. His love for drawing, creating, disassembling, and reassembling things to see how they worked helped him choose to become an architect. As Kyle got older, he found a deep-seated interest in understanding the environments, and the physical and mental relationships between them and ourselves, in addition to the effects of altering one to affect the other.

When Kyle attended the university, he sought out varied experiences and topics and engaged with as many professionals that he could to better understand his career choice. This time he spent engaging others ultimately led him to pick up a second Masters in Urban Design. After school, he took a year off before pursuing his licensing exam to get as much experience as possible before sitting for the tests. Now, after a year of lockdown, studying, and test-taking, Kyle is an officially licensed architect.

Kyle started at IDS as an intern in 2017 until he finished getting his degree and then joined the IDS team full time in 2019. Since this time, he has worked on a few different projects. One of the most enjoyable projects he is currently working on is the South Lyon Community Schools projects, where he is getting involved in aspects of the project he has not been able to work on before, like designing firewalls and working on natatoriums.

 

Craig Sykes, AIA, NCARB

As a kid, Craig enjoyed working on projects around the house with his dad, and when they finished the project, he always felt a sense of accomplishment. When Craig grew up, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the building industry, allowing him to be a part of something grander. The path of architecture would allow him to work on exciting projects while also giving him the same sense of accomplishment he enjoyed growing up.

Craig’s path to becoming a licensed architect was a long and windy one. After passing his first exam, he proposed to his wife. After a year, Craig decided it was time to go back after his license.  After passing a few more exams, buying and renovating a house, and his wife expecting their first child, Craig finished his exams just in time to welcome their new baby boy.

Throughout Craig’s time at IDS, he has worked on many projects, but a couple of his favorites are the University of Michigan Union Renovation and Michigan State University S.T.E.M. Building. Both of the projects taught him different skills. The Union showed him that every project is unique, and working on historic buildings takes patience and hours of fieldwork. MSU S.T.E.M. Craig dove deeper into the building envelope and gained more of an understanding of how different building systems come together and how minor details are crucial to a building’s performance.

Apply Now for 2021 MAF Scholarships!

Ten scholarships, with a total of $25,000 in awards, are available for students enrolled in college or university architecture programs in the state of Michigan. All applicants must be residents of the state of Michigan. In 2020 Alexander Sulek received two of the MAF scholarships: the Paul Stachowiak/Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) Scholarship and the Kenneth Neumann Scholarship.

The deadline for The Richard M. and Sidney K. Robinson Scholarship is February 7, 2021 and the remaining scholarships deadlines are April 1, 2021.

For more information on all of the scholarships, click here.

2021 Brings New Promotions

2021 has brought a multitude of new promotions. David Giroux, Brandon Sundberg, Tom Carron, Mark Reaves, Joseph Schwartz, Justin Kiriazis, Charlie Haas, Jim Hooker, Colin Murphy, and Brynolf Peterson will all be transitioning into new roles here at IDS. Congratulations team, we cannot wait to see what amazing things you do in your new roles.

David Giroux, AIA, CDT is transitioning from Vice President to Senior Vice President and will continue to help grow our Healthcare market. With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, David’s passion for healthcare design and construction was born during his two years living and working in Chicago.  He brought that passion and experience to IDS when he returned to his hometown of Royal Oak. David lives by the creed, “anything worth doing is worth doing right” and demonstrates this in all aspects of his life. David is currently Principal-in-Charge of the McLaren Lapeer Region Ambulatory Care Center and the State of Michigan, Caro Center.  

Brandon Sundberg, AIA, LEED® AP, Director of Architecture, has transitioned from Vice President to Senior Vice President. Brandon greatly appreciates the architectural process, and the various roles people play within that process. His love of architecture and observation began at an early age from the natural environment of his surroundings as his mother helped him realize a sense of place and the importance its affects have on people and memory. Today, he strives to bridge people with the practice of architecture and engineering by being mindful of the environment and cultivating meaningful relationships. Brandon is currently working with Birmingham Community Schools and other education-based Clients 

 

Tom Carron, PE, has been with IDS since Spring 2006. Tom will be transitioning into his new role as Vice President and will continue as the Director of Electrical Engineering and Technology Services as well. He is energized by collaborating with staff to provide design solutions that have a lasting and positive impact on clients. A zest for science led Tom to a career in engineering. As the beneficiary of years of mentoring under skilled professionals, he has a passion for providing guidance to those around him who will benefit from his experience. He has served as lead electrical engineer on numerous projects in a wide assortment of market segments since joining IDSAs director, Tom leads a staff of 33 highly qualified electrical and technology design professionals.  

Mark Reaves, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, NCARB, will be stepping into his new position as Vice President, Director of Athletics & Recreational Sports. After being with IDS for almost 10 years, Mark is driven by a client’s needs and the desire to find unique solutions for complex problems. Keenly focused on process, he looks beyond the norm to make significant and meaningful change.  His passion for supporting environmentally sensitive design extends beyond architecture to his personal life as an early adopter of electric car technology.  

 Joseph Schwartz, PE, CGD, LEED® AP BD+C, Director of Mechanical Engineering, has been with IDS for 9 years. He will continue his career at IDS as the Vice President, Director of Mechanical Engineering. As a mechanical engineer at IDS, Joe’s goal with every project is to provide energy efficient mechanical systems that seamlessly blend into the building architecture. Taking the name of Integrated Design Solutions to heart, Joe works diligently with the architects and other project disciplines to provide coordinated mechanical designs that work with the building design without sacrificing system performance. The ultimate goal is to provide a comfortable environment for all building occupants. Joe feels that if he does his job right, people won’t even realize that he did his job at all.  

 

Justin Kiriazis, PE, LC, will be continuing to grow with IDS as a Senior Associate. Justin has been with IDS for almost 5 years and has been in the industry for 12 years. He followed this interest of engineering at the University of Michigan where he pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering. Justin is committed to upholding the positive reputation of IDS. Some of Justin’s project highlights are Ford EDC Data Centers, Detroit Energy, Oakland Community College, and University of Michigan Beyster

 

Charlie Haas, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, NCARB, is an Architect at IDS for nearly 8 years and has been promoted to Associate. Charlie is well rounded in his project experience working in higher education, K12, Healthcare, Athletics. Charlie has had the opportunity to work on projects across multiple market segments, allowing him to continue his growth as an architect. Currently, Charlie is the Project Architect for the Clio Area School District Bond and the Project Manager on South Lyon Community Schools Bond. 

James Hooker, PE, LEED® AP BT+C, is a Senior Electrical Engineer at IDS for almost 3 years, starting in 2018 and will be starting his new role as an associate. He brings 20 years of versatile experience with diverse understanding ranging from airports and government to schools and hospitals. Jim is currently working as the lead Electrical Engineer for the State of Michigan, Caro Center. 

Colin Murphy, PE, CEM, joined IDS in June 2019 after working in the industry for roughly 18 years. Colin is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with an expertise in building automation systems. He is a lead mechanical system controls design engineer and will continue is growth at IDS as an Associate. Colin is currently working on the Mott Community College, Memorial Building Mechanical System Upgrades, Wayne RESA BAS Integration and Great Lakes Water Authority Springwells Piping Support.  

Brynolf Peterson, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, is a Lead Specification Writer at IDS and has been promoted to an Associate. Brynolf worked at IDS for 10 years before leaving and returning in early 2020. Brynolf works in various markets, ranging from K-12 to Healthcare and he is engaged in all project specifications for the firm.  As the Lead Specification Manager his knowledge of building technologies has a positive impact on the success of all of our Client’s projects.  We look forward to the innovation that Brynolf’s passion will bring to IDS for years to come.