New Year, New Promotions

Over the course of the past year, these four gentlemen have shown their passion and knowledge for their careers. We would like to take a moment and congratulate them on their new positions with IDS. Congratulations team, we cannot wait to see what amazing things you do in your new roles.

Kevin Aalderink, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C has been growing with IDS for the last 4 years from our Grand Rapids location. As a design leader on education projects, he has now been promoted to Associate. He brings successful design leadership to every project which he contributes to over 22 years of learning from some of the best mentors in the region. His passion is to continue cultivating learning spaces that prioritize environmental literacy while taking thoughtful actions towards decarbonization. He is excited for expanding project partnerships in west Michigan and throughout the region. Kevin is appreciative to be currently working with numerous school districts and colleges including Schoolcraft, Macomb, Mott, and Oakland Community Colleges.

Nicholas W. P. Furgason, LC  has worked in the AEC industry since his first ‘job’ in high school with Riverbend Timber Framing and Great Lakes Insulspan. After Nicholas graduated from high school he worked as an architectural CADD technician, while he was doing that, he developed an interest in Electrical Engineering. Since starting his education at Grand Valley State University and continuing his career in Electrical Engineering his career has become focused on Electrical and Lighting Design. Some specific hi-lights that Nicholas enjoyed working on was the Renovations of the University of Notre Dame Football Stadium and the Home Team Locker Room and Recruiting Center. Nicholas looks at every project in a unique way and tries to identify the unique characteristics and thinks about how to overcome the challenges in his role. Nicholas enjoys the constant exposure to ever-changing clients and projects.

Justin Kiriazis, PE, LC, takes his new position as Assistant Director of Electrical Engineering. Justin’s propensity for math and science at a young age quickly drew him to the field of Engineering. He followed this interest at the University of Michigan where he pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering. Justin values continuing education and enjoys attending seminars, conferences, and trade shows which enables him to communicate intelligently and effectively with clients on current technologies and design. Justin is committed to upholding the positive reputation of IDS. He strives to generate creative design solutions that fit within the client’s needs and budget. Outside of work, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife Renee, biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. They are avid fans of Michigan football and Detroit sports and try to attend as many games as possible.

Todd Vercruysse is the newest Senior Associate at IDS.  Since joining the IDS team, Todd has worked on numerous projects, bringing his expertise to higher education projects such as Eastern Michigan University’s Sill Hall and Student Athlete Performance and Success Center, and the University of Michigan’s Alumni Center and Central Campus Recreation Building. Todd has also worked on major K12 education projects, such as Lincoln Park Schools’ Hoover Elementary Renovation and Addition, and Oxford Community Schools’ Oxford High School Renovation. Todd is continuously motivated by the technical details of his work. In particular, his deft exploration of systems with need to understand the details of how each unique one works supports his drive to always promote optimization in his work.