Magazine Honors Holland Firm

    HOLLAND — American School & University Magazine has recognized GMB Architect-Engineers’ redesign of the Kalamazoo College Fine Arts Building in Kalamazoo as exemplifying excellence in interior design.

    Listed in the magazine under “Outstanding Buildings,” the project involved rebuilding the 8,100-square-foot structure’s 400-seat auditorium, giving it a new shape and redesigned acoustics.


    The space for which the magazine honored the firm features a semicircular thrust stage, acoustic wall treatments, performance-enhancing mechanical systems, and a two-story lobby with a new cantilevered, upper-level corridor.

    GMB takes its name from the initials of its founder, Gordon M. Buitendorp.

    Buitendorp established the firm in 1968 and, shortly afterward, Jim Vanderveen joined him as a partner.

    Today, GMB Architects-Engineers has a 70-member, full-service firm located in Holland.

    During its 35 years of operation, GMB has attained registration in a dozen states.

    The company designs educational, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, industrial, corporate, institutional, municipal, recreational and ecclesiastical spaces.

    GMB began its existence as a pure architectural firm and has evolved into what its owners call a full-service architectural and engineering company.

    The firm’s staff includes registered architects, engineers and interior designers, landscape architects and planners, design and engineering technicians and a support staff.

    Today it says it can provide all services necessary to develop complete new facilities or to refurbish older ones, because the diversity of skills in its staff enables it to fine tune the integration of existing and new electrical, mechanical and communication systems.

    The award for the Kalamazoo College building is the third recognition the magazine has conferred upon GMB in recent years.

    In 1996, the honor was a gold citation for the renovated student recreation center at the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University.

    In 1998, the magazine conferred its top Crow Island certification upon the Holland firm for its design of the commons areas at Grand Haven High School.           

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