Engineering Seminar: Pillar Church, Past, Present, and Future Construction on a Historic Structure

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 3:00pm

VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

Pillar church, built in 1856, is the oldest building in Holland, having survived the fire of 1871 that destroyed most of the town. While this building has served the community well for 160 years, it was deemed in need of a renovation as well as a building expansion, in order to better suit the needs of its growing congregation.  In this seminar, Tom Nemitz, the project architect, will describe the construction process and Jon Brown, the lead pastor of Pillar, will provide perspective from the client when considering renovation of this historic structure.

Tom Nemitz is the president of Cornerstone Architects and one of their primary principals. Tom established Cornerstone in 1989 to provide creative design and full service architecture. With offices in Grand Rapids, Detroit and Traverse City, Michigan, Cornerstone has established a reputation of exceptional client service, design excellence, and results that work.

Jon Brown is the Lead Pastor of Pillar Church. After serving a church in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 10 years he with his wife Kristyn and their three daughters moved to Holland. Since moving to Holland they have also welcomed a fourth daughter, Ava, to their family. 

Event Type

Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Engineering

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