In Memoriam – Dean Harris

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dean Harris. Surrounded by his family on November 7, 2019, Dean passed away in his home peacefully. He had been a valued member of our team for the past nine years and will be deeply missed. We regret the loss to his family as well.

Please visit Gramer Funeral Home’s website for details on Visitation and Funeral Service.

Introducing the Next Generation of Patient Care

IDS attended the Michigan Medicine Clinical Inpatient Tower ground breaking ceremony on Friday, October 25, 2019. University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine and State of Michigan leadership were in attendance to celebrate this cutting edge facility, scheduled to open in mid-2024.

The new 12-story hospital will house 264 private rooms capable of converting to intensive care, a state-of-the-art neurological and neurosurgical center, high-level, specialty care services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, along with advanced imaging. Locating these services together will enable healthcare providers to quickly respond to complex cases and deliver state-of-the-art treatments.

At 690,000-gross-square-feet, the building will provide more access to care for adult patients at Michigan Medicine, where current hospital facilities often operate at more than 90% capacity.

To read more about this new facility, click here to visit Michigan Medicine’s website.

IDS Featured in CAM Magazine

We are honored to be featured in the 2019 Special Issue of CAM Magazine for our involvement with United Shore’s New Headquarters, as well as the Oakland Center at Oakland University. We are also proud of our involvement with the Shinola Hotel.

New Headquarters, United Shore

OU Oakland Center

Oakland Center, Oakland University

Shinola Hotel, Bedrock

For the entire issue, please click here.

Meet Our Newest Licensed Architect, Jacob Klee

Jacob Klee is the latest IDS employee to join our team of licensed architects.

Jacob has been with IDS for a little over a year, and in that time has worked on many notable higher education projects with schools such as the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Please join is in congratulating Jacob on this outstanding achievement!

MSU’s Broad Art Museum Named One of Best Designed University Buildings

The late, great Zaha Hadid won a design competition for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Opened in 2012, the museum features the Pritzker Prize–winning architect’s signature futuristic style, with horizontal and diagonal lines creating a sense of motion through the building.

Read the full article here.

Romeo High School is changing the way students learn

IDS worked with Romeo Community Schools to design the new addition at the RETC High School. The addition creates an updated facade providing a new identity for the school by masking the existing RETC structure. Its position creates a circular corridor layout within the academic wings making student, teacher, and staff traffic more efficient. The overall layout of the new High School supports three independent academic learning communities.

Romeo High School has been featured on Channel 4 News! Watch the clip below.


EMU Shows Off New $20M Athletics Site

IDS partnered with Eastern Michigan University to design the new Student Athlete Performance and Success Center. This student athlete facility defines the northern boundary of Rynearson Stadium as the home for Eastern Michigan football and as a space for all student athletes to come train. The building interior celebrates the architectural structure, creating a dynamic experience for athletes, staff and visitors alike. The 60,000 sf of program is organized along a wide public corridor that faces the field. This space acts as both circulation and a gathering space. During events, this space welcomes fans with high-top tables and seating, offering open views of the field in an enclosed space. The building also includes a 7,000 sf all athlete weight training facility with direct access to the field.

Check out the WXYZ-Detroit, Channel 7 segment on the EMU Student Athlete Performance and Success Center.


Charlie Haas invited to 2020 AIA Detroit Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

Now in its third year in Detroit, the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program has announced its 2019 – 2020 class will include IDS architect Charlie Haas.

With a goal of nurturing emerging industry leaders, the CKLDP encourages engagement with industry trends, supports leadership development skills and fosters connections between area professionals.  Charlie explains he is excited about the program because “[it] looks to cover so many topics, many of which I don’t get to experience on a daily basis, [I believe] it will start to fill in those gaps in my experience and help me on a day-to-day basis.”

The program consists of day-long programming led by pairs from the cohort.  Program topics include Working Together, Engaging Your Community, Entrepreneurship and Business Management, The Art of Negotiating, Closing the Deal, Expanding the Definition of Practice, Industry Culture, and The Future of Practice.

IDS architects Katy Litwin and Zac VanOverbeke participated in the first two years of the Detroit chapter’s program, respectively.  Charlie says he “applied for the program because … they couldn’t stop speaking highly of it.  I have a desire to always keep learning, so the program just seemed like a natural fit.”

The 2019 – 2020 cohort is due to kick-off their year in September with an introductory bootcamp.

Click here to learn more about the AIA Detroit Chapter’s Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.


Sustainable timber construction continues at MSU STEM Teaching Facility

IDS has been working on bringing Michigan State University’s new STEM Teaching Facility to life since 2016 and is proud to share progress of its construction as the first building in the state utilizing mass timber for the building’s frame, and cross-laminated timber (CLT) for its floors and ceilings.

The use of wood rather than steel and concrete relies on naturally occurring, renewable materials and promotes the growth and cultivation of trees and forests, sequestering carbon in the atmosphere otherwise negatively contributing to climate change.

IDS and MSU have partnered with Ellenzweig, a design firm from Boston, on the development of this one-of-a-kind facility. Due to open in Fall 2020, the STEM Teaching Facility will provide a vibrant, active student commons, seamlessly connecting disciplines and supporting evolving curriculum and pedagogies focused on self-guided learning, laboratory instruction, and student research.

In conjunction with the development of the STEM Teaching Facility, IDS is renovating the former Shaw Lane Power Plant.  Adjacent to the new building, the renovated Power Plant will serve as a campus hub for teaching and learning across the sciences, arts, and humanities.  The development of these buildings will culminate in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and centrally-located complex on MSU’s campus.

Jack Potterack

Announcing IDS’ Newest Licensed Architect, Jack Potterack

We are proud to share Jack Potterack is our newest licensed architect. Jack has been with IDS for just over two years and has worked on projects across a variety of market segments, including Higher Education, Student Life and K12. Please join us in congratulating Jack on this outstanding achievement!