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Living Stones Academy

Living Stones Academy

Living Stones Academy

1415 Lyon St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Living Stones Academy is a charter school in South East Grand Rapids with a vision to create an education that is radically inclusive and absolutely accessible. They serve approximately 100 families of which 56% receive tuition assistance, 52% are minorities, and 15% are English language learners.

r.o.i. Design began donating design time in 2016, helping them imagine their free lunch kitchen, their multi-purpose room, and teacher’s lounge.

For more information about Living Stones Academy, go to livingstonesgr.org.

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors

Campus View Apartments – Entries & Corridors
Allendale, MI

r.o.i. Design was asked by Campus View to design common area interiors of the four oldest apartment buildings at their Allendale site, just yards from Grand Valley State University. Celebrating the 50-year-old buildings, the design included mid-century modern use of patterns, colors, and light fixtures. The apartment hallways leave little doubt where the entries are with a bold accent of color at each door.

In addition to the corridors, r.o.i. Design designed building signage for the site that blends with the architecture but again, has a bold retro look.

Sun Rise Ministries

Sun Rise Ministries

Sun Rise Ministries
Jenison, MI

Sun Rise Ministries purchased the former Freedom Chapel in Jenison, MI. They engaged BCI Construction and TJA Architecture to remodel the facility. Having worked with both Doug Kooistra of BCI and Tim Allspach of TJA on other projects, it was great to join the team as the interior designers.

For Sun Rise, their commitment to help people Connect and Serve meant their new church home needed to be immediately “engaging”, welcoming visitors to participate.

It is amazing what some well-placed paint, carpet and graphics can do to a space. We integrated the acoustical panels in the worship area to create a wall design. We were also able to offer graphic design services, creating wall graphics and signage in the corridors.

Mars Hill Kids

Mars Hill Kids

Mars Hill Kids
Mars Hill Bible Church
Grandville, MI

New leadership, new energy and new direction at Mars Hill created a desire to update their facility’s 38,000 square feet children’s ministry. More than 500 children from infants through 10-year-olds attend the ministry each Sunday. Their nursery, preschool and elementary school spaces needed refreshing. This meant new flooring, new paint, updated lighting and new cabinetry, as well as any needed repairs.
The redesign was intended to simplify, warm and organize the spaces to help member families entrust their children to Mars Hill. r.o.i. Design saw the journey, discovery and comfort of the spaces as key to the success of the redesign. Mars Hill will also be adding their own graphic and signage design as well as decorative elements to complete the look and feel.
Mars Hill had a budget, based on generous donations and operational planning, but it wasn’t clear if they could make the needed changes within their budget or schedule. r.o.i Design worked with the leadership to solicit contractors who were members or affiliates of Mars Hill, as well as call in other sympathetic trades to make the remodel possible to meet the goals.

Macon Charter Academy

Macon Charter Academy

Macon Charter Academy
Macon, GA

Culturally, this school wanted to embrace a global diversity and to make sure the interior could appeal to wide variety of students and families.

Our favorite details here was the use of colors that we described as global cuisine, colors that naturally resonated with people as rich and flavorful: Eggplant, Saffron, Palm and Tomato. Then we used those colors in classic patterns in flooring and walls. Those patterns could be traced back to civilization 2000 years ago and could be seen just as decoration, or teaching tools.

Through the course of the design we were informed that James Brown went to school in Macon, GA so we wanted to make sure everyone would “feel good”! This project was a design-build project lead by Triangle Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI. Robert Doornbos was engaged as architect.