McKenna, a full-service community planning, design and building services firm headquartered in Northville with offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, recently announced the promotion of M. Paul Lippens to vice president and director of its Kalamazoo studio.
Lippens joined McKenna in 2014 and was promoted from director of transportation and urban design. In his new role, Lippens is responsible for growing the Kalamazoo team and supervision of the firm’s West Michigan project portfolio, as well as continuing to contribute his expertise as an urban design and mobility specialist.
Lippens, an author and AICP- and NCI-certified, award-winning planner, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He is a board member of Transportation Riders United.
“Paul is a great planner and designer not only because he is good at his job, but more importantly, he genuinely cares about the impact of his work,” McKenna President John Jackson said. “And his work always focuses, first and foremost, on strategies that reflect the values of people and their community.”
McKenna, founded in 1978, has worked in West Michigan communities for the entirety of the firm’s 42-year-history. It opened its Kalamazoo office in 1991, and the Grand Rapids office was opened in 2018 as part of the firm’s 40th-anniversary milestone. That office was recently relocated in support of McKenna’s expanding capacity in West Michigan.
Together, the McKenna Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo offices manage a client roster of more than 50 West Michigan communities, including the Walker Master Plan and Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Plan.
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