Recent News at AMDG
June 6, 2023
We had a blast celebrating the new elementary wing groundbreaking at Bethany Christian Schools and the kickoff of their Bright Futures campaign! An exciting milestone in the project after months of designing, our team
May 10, 2023
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School (SPA) kicked off the construction phase of their Early Childhood Center in Grand Rapids, MI with a celebratory groundbreaking event. It has been an honor working alongside the St. Paul the Apostle team and our partners at Owen-Ames-Kimball to develop the design of the new center, which is anticipated to open in the Fall of 2023. We look forward to the many ways it will impact the SPA community!
February 21, 2023
We are deeply grateful to Tom Sinke for his commitment and excellent work at AMDG for the past 25 years. Not only is Tom a gifted architect, but he is also an amazing mentor. He leads with a servant’s heart and through his dedication and his work, Tom encourages our team to develop and grow their gifts and talents.
February 13, 2023
The recently published Great Lakes By Design magazine article, “Sense of Place”, beautifully captures the intentionality behind the design of our Downtown Grand Rapids Workspace building - a renovation project that repositioned a formerly granite-and-concrete building into a dynamic workplace for the client and reconnecting with the downtown community.
February 1, 2023
Don Cok celebrates his retirement from AMDG Architects as of December 16, 2022. We have been blessed with having Don at AMDG for over two decades as one of our key teammates, and a significant amount of that time as a senior associate. During that time, Don has been a consistent and faithful team member and has helped AMDG develop into the firm it is today. Don’s specific contributions have been many and attempting to list them will ensure that we miss a few along the way. We do want to highlight Don’s technical expertise, his outstanding work with our specifications,
January 23, 2023
We are proud to congratulate AMDG team members Nick Van Berlo and Todd Palmer for passing their Architect Registration Examination (ARE) - earning each of them their Michigan architecture license! Todd and Nick have demonstrated a passion for using their gifts and talents to serve others both inside and outside of the firm, and their dedication to excellence is second to none.
August 10, 2022
May 17, 2022
Thank you to the AIA Grand Rapids and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology for hosting the two-day "Listening to Learn," workshop. Three members of our design staff/team Michael Jen, Michael Paul and Brad Boyer represented AMDG and were among ten different West Michigan firms in attendance. The workshop focused on
May 13, 2022
Congratulations to Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation (GRCCT) for their new event space: The 1530. A renovated 120+ year old building located at 1530 Madison Ave. in Grand Rapids, the various available spaces feature
May 5, 2022
Rwandan dancers welcomed the crowd gathered together for the opening ceremony of World Renew’s new office space. AMDG was grateful to attend the event and honored to team together with World Renew and the other design and construction partners who helped create this new space. World Renew assists people who are affected by poverty, disaster, illness, and injustice both nationally and internationally. Their need for this new space was
March 2, 2022
Peter Baldwin and Brent Dykstra have been part of the AMDG team for 25 years! Browsing through the commercial and residential projects on the website, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that Peter and/or Brent did not play some role in. Their portfolios of work are significant and express the incredible gifts and talents that each of them continue to contribute to AMDG as a firm, as well as the deep relationships they’ve built both internally and externally with clients and partners along the way. We are incredibly grateful for their outstanding leadership, vision, faithfulness and dedication, and we are proud of their immeasurable contributions to AMDG!
February 23, 2022
Congratulations to Gina Paul for being featured in Great Lakes by Design Magazine's recent issue celebrating women in architecture! The article shares experiences that led Gina to the profession, her design process, and what she hopes to see for women in the industry in years to come. Check out the full article here. We are so proud of Gina’s great work and our team is blessed by her talents, experience, and leadership.
September 30, 2021
December 8, 2020
We are thrilled to take part in the Holland Community Aquatic Center Happy Families, Healthy Communities campaign! This campaign provides funding for additional community partnership, fitness, wellness and therapy components to the Holland Community Aquatic Center to better serve the growing community.
November 23, 2020
Undoubtedly, 2020 has been a year like none other. Through it all, we are more grateful than ever to our client, design, and construction partners for the opportunity to continue to work together in new ways. Reflecting on the upcoming holiday season, the AMDG team expressed our gratitude by investing back into the community. Blessed with a sunny fall day, we partnered with the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation (GRCCT) volunteering in various projects supporting our local neighbors.
August 18, 2020
Featured in Great Lakes By Design Magazine’s recent “Crafted Lodging” issue, Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery combines design aspects of both residential and commercial buildings. The medical suite balances a professional environment with an at-home, relaxed feel. AMDG had the pleasure of working with partners Kathryn Chaplow LLC, First Companies, and Insignia Homes on the project. “From the beginning, the patient came first in every discussion we had as a design team. The finishes, the fabrics, and key design elements—like the color palette and fireplace—were designed to make patients feel at home. The space is meant to be calming and reassuring” – Kathryn Chaplow, interior designer and owner of Kathryn Chaplow LLC Click here to read more about the design processes of the teams involved in this wonderfully complex project.
July 23, 2020
Congratulations to Trinity Christian College on their newly renovated nursing department facility scheduled to open this fall! It’s been a pleasure working with their team to create this state-of-the-art design. Check out this article from Trinity for more details about the newly renovated space!
June 15, 2020
Peter Baldwin’s creative and faith-based upbringing has greatly influenced his work as President of AMDG Architects.
Peter Baldwin’s creative and faith-based upbringing has greatly influenced his work as President of AMDG Architects. "Before we formed the company, several of us were talking about having an architectural firm that would allow us to practice our craft and also have the practice influenced by our world-and-life view, faith and values," Baldwin says. "We knew we didn't want to put our names on the company because we felt that would not as thoroughly express the purpose of the company. AMDG as an acronym is a great way to express the purpose of the firm. We also felt like it was fairly subtle and more inward speaking than outward speaking to remind us on our bad days when we were doing the opposite in our behavior, which happens." Read the full article here
May 27, 2020
Congratulations to Hope College Campus Ministries House for being awarded LEED V4 certification earlier this spring! Our team is honored to have contributed to the efforts of Hope College students and staff, along with Lakewood Construction on the project. You can read Hope College's announcement article here.
April 20, 2020
We have been honored to team with The Association for a More Just Society (AJS) in their continued commitment to #LoveFearlessly and seek justice in Honduras. For the past five years, AMDG has worked alongside a talented team of Honduran architects and builders as well as other US partners in the design and construction of a new office building.
April 14, 2020
Designing with the team at Retina Specialists of Michigan benefited from a highly collaborative and interactive design process. The resulting design delivers on lean principles that improve patient satisfaction, care and improved staffing efficiencies and teaming. We are so grateful to have them as a return client for the expansion of their space and for the partnership and expertise of First Companies! Check out the case study to understand more about our design process and the results it delivered. Project: Retina Specialists of Michigan Photographer: DJZ Photography
April 3, 2020
At AMDG a question we continually ask ourselves is how we can better serve our clients and care for our employees. It turns out our ongoing investment in technology allows us to do both. In this case, remotely. Over the past few years, we’ve made a concerted effort to be able to perform as well in person as from a distance. For our clients this means being able to engage in meaningful design discussions, whether across town, across the state, or in places like Illinois, Kentucky, and New Mexico.
March 19, 2020
For the health and safety of our staff, clients, partners, and community, we have suspended all nonessential activity in our office and our physical location will be closed until further notice. As of 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 18, our team is fully remote. AMDG is committed to project goals and we are well-equipped to support a fully remote staff. The technology each team member has while working remotely is the same technology they have when working in the AMDG office. We will communicate proactively should any obstacles arise with project schedules or delivery. We thank you for your continued understanding and support as we maneuver through this unprecedented situation together. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to the AMDG team if you have any questions or concerns.
December 3, 2019
Thank you to the team at St. John Paull II Catholic Parish for welcoming AMDG Architects to the Dedication of the Church and the Mass of Thanksgiving. It was an uplifting service in your beautiful new space!
November 26, 2019
Announcing our newest named Associate: Christie Doty For over three years, we have redefined and expanded AMDG’s services to include interior design. This expansion of client services offered is largely attributed to Christie Doty. As the first on-staff interior designer at AMDG, Christie has shown exceptional commitment to the firm and our mission to create excellent environments for our clients. She has helped grow our interiors team from one to five and has been a driving force behind current renovations to create an interiors hub and design center – an interactive workspace that will inspire and encourage client involvement in the design of their space. In appreciation of her tremendous work as well as her ongoing commitment to our mission, we would like to recognize Christie as our newest named Associate at AMDG Architects. Congratulations Christie!
October 15, 2019
We believe great design begins with a deep understanding of our clients. When AMDG was asked to master plan and design a new building for South Christian High School we focused on the entire school community. The result is an innovative space that makes its mission visible to students, parents, staff, and all who visit. And we couldn’t have done it alone! Working with a magnificent team. Dan Vos Construction Company, Acoustics by Design, Via Design To learn more about South Christian High School and its vision is to be a spiritually vibrant educational community that reflects God’s Kingdom see this video.
September 10, 2019
Students at South Christian High School in West Michigan are enjoying a new state-of-the-art school. Funded mostly by cash gifts from the community, the $43 million facilities in Byron Center, Michigan, was designed by AMDG Architects an built by Dan Vos Construction. The new building is 175,000 square feet and sits on a 140-acre campus. A few of the features include enough accommodations for 700 students, 56 classrooms, a 1,100-seat auditorium, STEM facilities, two football fields, a baseball diamond, and two gyms.
August 21, 2019
Thurs. Aug. 29th at 5:00pmJoin us for a celebration, dedication ceremony, and tour of the new Hope College Campus Ministries building.
June 20, 2019
An office doesn't have to be a sterile environment. Why not bring some natural elements and pops of color? This office renovation aimed at improving employee workflow and efficiency by creating a fun environment that was more representative of the work they do and office culture. By infusing plants, wood elements, and colorful finishes, the new office is now a more exciting and welcoming environment for both employees and clients. Client: Baudville Interior Design: Villa Decor Photographer: Ashley Avila Photography
June 15, 2019
Had a great time at Bay Pointe Inn’s Open House yesterday! It was such a treat to walk through the space with all the different teams that made the project a success. If you’re looking for event centers this summer or fall, make sure to check them out!! Thank you for having us!
June 4, 2019
For us, great design centers on the needs and aspirations of our clients. By coming together, and hearing what you have to say, we’re able to translate your goals and dreams into beautiful, constructible design. Client- Start Garden
May 22, 2019
This past Sunday, we attended the mid-construction open house of St John Paul II Parish's new building with Erhardt Construction. Parish families were able to explore the space and write their prayer intentions on the exposed steel beams of the new church.
May 20, 2019
Why hide the learning process? Many of South Christian’s classrooms feature glass curtain walls to reveal the beauty of the process inherent in forming young minds. It is exciting to see these spaces in use! with - South Christian High School & Dan Vos Construction Company
May 14, 2019
Spring time, big changes! With the new season, we've been making some dynamic changes to our work spaces to help improve the way we team and ultimately better serve our clients. Check it out!
April 24, 2019
In the hustle and bustle of project work, it’s often easy to overlook the incredible work our admin teams do to keep our offices running smoothly. In our office, Brenda, Nancy, Sheri, Sue, and Terri are vital to our daily work – from keeping track of all the numbers and coordinating schedules to serving our clients and more, we couldn’t be more grateful for their great work and commitment to AMDG. Take a minute today to thank your admin team for all the work they do behind the scenes!
April 18, 2019
April 2, 2019
We invited local high school students to our space to learn about different aspects of architecture, from design to leveraging virtual reality technology. It was fun to show not only what we do at our work, but why we love what we do.
March 7, 2019
We would like to welcome our newest team member, Phil Lyzenga! As a Project Designer, Phil, is passionate about the relationship between people and the built environment. He believes thoughtful and intentional design has a positive impact for not only the end user, but also for the surrounding community.
March 4, 2019
Last Friday, we held our annual company retreat at South Christian High School and it took us back to our days in school!! Aside from spending time in the new building and with students, we were thankful for the opportunity to stop, reflect, and engage in meaningful conversations.
February 7, 2019
We had an an excellent time celebrating the completion of the Bengtson Center with the rest of the teams who contributed to the success of this project. Thank you for having us, Bengtson Center! Kathryn Chaplow Interior Design, Van Haren Electric Inc, DJ's Landscape Management, First Companies, Inc., NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, JDH Engineering, Custer, Steelcase, Total Fire Protection & many more!
February 4, 2019
Conrad Veldhouse (eldest son of resident AMDG architect Kyle) stepped up to raise money for those experiencing homelessness during this past week of extreme weather. With the direction of Mel Trotter Ministries, boots, socks, mittens and hats were purchased with the money raised, the items going directly to those in need in our community. See news article linked for the full inspiring story!
January 28, 2019
South Christian High School Contractor Open House! It has been such a joy and honor to be a part of the many teams that have made this project a success!
January 23, 2019
Association for a More Just Society (AJS), Honduras - Check out these in-progress photos of AJS's new headquarters in Honduras! To read more about AJS, their incredible team, and mission, follow this link- https://www.ajs-us.org/who-we-are
January 9, 2019
January 2, 2019
How can technology and client-centered design better equip schools for 21st century learning? Read about it in this article by Great Lakes by Design magazine featuring AMDG's President, Peter Baldwin.
December 14, 2018
Last week we welcomed students from the South Christian High School World View class into our office to discuss what it means to practice architecture with a Christian worldview.
December 13, 2018
Happy 10 year AMDG anniversary, Adam! Adam is a Project Manager and Associate, and can be best described as conscientious. His desk is meticulously organized, you can always count on his calendar to be updated (even months in advance), and he will never forget to return your pen!
November 13, 2018
September 4, 2018
On August 19th 2018 AMDG was proud to celebrate the Rite of Blessing of the Site on our project of a new church for St. John Paul II with Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids, for presiding over the event. It was incredible to witness the parish’s excitement and joy at taking this next step in growing their community.
August 31, 2018
On Monday, August 20, 2018, AMDG was proud to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Illiana Christian High School in Dyer, Indiana. This project culminates a 5 year journey we have been on with the Illiana community. Our hope is that this project will help Illiana deliver its mission, to: “graduate academically capable people with a comprehensive Christian view of life committed to the challenge of serving God and others”
February 19, 2018
On March 2nd, AMDG Architects held its annual company retreat. We kicked off the day with a round of personal sharing, with each team member being given the floor to share accomplishments from the past year and goals for 2018. Hearing reflections from each other’s professional and personal lives deepens our relationships and helps us to work together as a team and to honor each other’s lives outside of the office.
December 27, 2017
On September 14th, members of the AMDG team celebrated with the Timothy Christian Schools community the grand opening of their new middle school, and the completion of Project IMPACT. We would like to thank the Timothy Christian Schools community for the opportunity to be a part of the team which delivered their new building; a space that will strengthen and support their mission: Serving God and His people, Timothy Christian Schools develops academically prepared Christian disciples who embrace Christ’s call to transform the world.
Our team is happy to have delivered a building with state of the art athletics facilities and 21st century learning spaces to equip Timothy Christian to more powerfully deliver their mission.
May 21, 2017
AMDG was honored to serve SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Gun Lake Parish and team with GDK construction on the new fellowship hall for the parish as is celebrates it's 100 year anniversary!
May 18, 2017
Yesterday we witnessed a deeply meaningful groundbreaking dedication for South Christian High School. We are grateful to God for the privilege of serving the South community in being a part of the design and construction of the new school. Our prayer is that it will change the trajectory of how South delivers on its mission to equip students to live Christ-centered lives and serve God to their greatest potential!
May 12, 2017
This past Friday AMDG Architects held our annual company retreat to reflect on our personal and professional accomplishments of 2016. Our thanks goes out to Rockford Construction for letting us use their beautiful conference space.
May 8, 2017
AMDG is honored to partner with Rehoboth Christian School and LAM-Rockford in the planning and construction of a new High School! We celebrate with the Rehoboth Christian School and local community, and are excited to have participated in the groundbreaking for construction of a 21st century learning environment that will strengthen the Rehoboth Christian School’s enduring commitment to vigorously academic, beautifully diverse, and thoroughly Christian education.
April 27, 2017
The entire team at AMDG is excited to celebrate The Official Groundbreaking of the new South Christian High School Facility with the SCHS community, Dan Vos Construction Company and all of our other committed project partners on May 18th, 2017!