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.

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!

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.

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!

Paul Stachowiak Inducted Into Brother Rice Hall of Fame

IDS’ founding President, and current Chairman, Paul Stachowiak, has been inducted into the Brother Rice High School Hall of Fame.  This recognition honors those who epitomize the “Brother Rice Spirit,” as Paul has shown extraordinary dedication, leadership, and enthusiasm for Brother Rice High School.

Over the past fifteen years, Paul has represented IDS as a partner on many architectural and engineering projects with the School, including current Master Planning work, a Science Wing Addition and Renovation, and Athletic Fields.  In addition to his work with IDS, he has volunteered for the School’s Board, Facilities Committee, and for Career Days and Mentoring Programs.

Paul’s four children, Jim, Julie, Jeff, and Jill all attended Brother Rice and Marian High Schools.   About the honor, Paul says “Although I’m not an alum, my wife and I are so thankful for the foundation that both Brother Rice and Marian High Schools have provided our children.  My service to the school has been a pleasure, and this honor is truly treasured.”

Zac posing with plaque

Zac VanOverbeke completes Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

We are very proud to announce IDS’ own Zac VanOverbeke has just completed the 2018 – 2019 AIA Detroit Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program.  In its second year in Detroit, the CKLDP selects 16 emerging, local AEC industry leaders to foster relationships and engage in productive industry conversations.

Over the course of the nine-month program, the program members work with one another to facilitate and attend monthly day-long workshops where, Zac explains, “even though we have a range of diverse experiences, we were unified and driven to create an educational environment where we could all learn… Not once was an individual judged or discredited, this type of open discourse gave us the opportunity to see unique perspectives into many issues facing the industry.”

The 2018 – 2019 Detroit CKLDP concluded last Friday, May 3 with a presentation focused on productivity and emerging technologies led by Zac and fellow program-member Leland Curtis from Smithgroup’s Detroit chapter.

IDS wants to congratulate the entire 2018 – 2019 AIA Detroit Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program cohort and look forward to seeing the success of these industry leaders.  Thank you to all those who participated.

Integrated Design Solutions Names Charles Lewis President

As Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the Board of Directors has elected Chuck Lewis to serve as the firm’s president. Chuck was one of the first to be offered ownership, as IDS’ leadership began to transition 15 years ago. He has played an integral part in this transition planning and has been mentoring actively since 2003.

Chuck succeeds Paul Stachowiak, who has served as the firm’s President and Chairman since IDS’ inception in 1999. Paul is passionate about providing the opportunity to transition the firm and will be carrying on as Chairman to support the transition process. Paul Stachowiak, Chairman added, “We are extremely proud of our commitment to supporting the evolution of our firm in both leadership and vision. This transition has been carefully planned over the past two decades and it is rewarding to see the results of our efforts come to life.”  We believe the future cannot be predicted, but it can be designed.

In this exciting milestone year, IDS continues to evolve and the firm remains energetic, enthusiastic and focused on its mission statement. “We believe in uncompromising customer service beginning with quality Integrated Design Solutions for our clients. Our commitment to progressive vision, integrity and leadership is carried through every member of our staff to build on and strengthen our relationships with each other, our clients and our community.” Moving forward, IDS’ emphasis remains on wholly integrated solutions, a mantra that is fully reflected in its name.

Announcing Our Recent Promotions

Integrated Design Solution has welcomed Valerie Grant into the role of Senior Associate, and Todd Nemecek, Todd Vercruysse, and Randi Paananen into the role of Associate, effective January 1, 2019.

Valerie joined the company in 2001 and has led the development of IDS’s interior design department as Associate since 2011. As Senior Associate, Valerie will continue her work representing the IDS, and begin a new level of leadership within the firm.

Todd Nemecek has spent more than ten years with Integrated Design Solutions. His experience and accomplishments have contributed to the success of many large-scale projects while with IDS. Entering the role of Associate, Todd will continue his work with Integrated Design Solutions, expanding our reach even further.

Since joining Integrated Design Solutions almost two years ago, Randi Paananen has stepped into a leadership role as Senior Electrical Engineer. Randi brings more than twenty years of experience and a keen eye to the role of Associate.

Todd Vercruysse began his tenure as mechanical engineer with Integrated Design Solutions in early 2018. Since, Todd has brought his expertise to support numerous projects, joining teams and leading others. As Associate, Todd will draw on his twenty-plus years in the industry to continue to grow IDS’s influence.

Congratulations Dan Gwozdz on Getting Licensed!

We are excited to announce that Dan Gwozdz has passed his examinations required to become a licensed Architect. Please join us in congratulating him on this major accomplishment. We truly have an amazing team.

Way to go, Dan!

Additions to our Team

IDS recently embarked on a mission to seek out passionate architects, engineers, and interior designers to help expand our Grand Rapids and Troy teams. Since the start of 2018, we’ve successfully employed 14 individuals from various disciplines to help meet the increasing demands of our industry. Six members joined our Troy team (pictured above right) and eight join IDS in our Grand Rapids office (pictured above left) which now staffs a full service team for our West Michigan clients. We’ve expanded from 103 employees in the beginning of 2017 to 126 current employees between both offices with plans to continue our development through the remainder of the year. Cheers to our recent additions!

Pictured In Image Left, Left to Right: Greg Koenig, AIA, NCARB – Architecture, Rachael McCorkle AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Architecture, Dawn Holtrop, NCARB, LEED AP ID+C – Architecture, Nancy Hooker – Electrical Engineering, Kevin Aalderink, AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Architecture, Jim Hooker, PE – Electrical Engineering, Kyle Mouw – Architecture Bob Partak, PE – Mechanical Engineering.

Pictured In Image Right, Left to Right: Tracey Treiber Johnston, IIDA, LEED AP –  Interior Design Laura Upton – Marketing, Matt Brown, AIA, NCARB – Architecture, Mark Koehler – Mechanical Engineering, Todd Vercruysse, PE – Mechanical Engineering, Caitlyn Koeth, NCIDQ – Interior Design