New Kalamazoo Location Celebrated

February 20, 2019

Wightman officially celebrates opening of new Kalamazoo office location
KALAMAZOO, MI –Wednesday, February 20, 2019- On Tuesday, Wightman officially welcomed more than 100 leaders and community members to its new Kalamazoo office with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The facility located at 433 E. Ransom Street is part of a reemerging downtown neighborhood, close to the heart of Kalamazoo. The fully renovated 16,000-square-foot building, originally constructed in 1937, more than triples Wightman’s office space from its previous location in Portage.
“The investment Wightman has made in this facility represents our ongoing strategic commitment to our partners in and near Kalamazoo and Portage, to the communities those clients serve, and to our team of professionals who are focused on client success,” stated Wightman President Matt Davis. “And, being part of the vibrant redevelopment of this neighborhood just happens to be an exciting bonus for all of us!”
The larger building comfortably accommodates the company’s growing staff of more than 30 engineering, architecture, survey, and GIS professionals. It also provides staff from Wightman’s Benton Harbor and Allegan offices with drop-in work spaces for better face-to-face project collaboration. The facility expands the range of services Wightman can provide in the region including easier access for those located downtown, private client meeting spaces, and onsite environmental testing.
“The high-quality work our team has always done is now mirrored in the warm, inviting, and people-focused surroundings of this incredible space,” commented Alan Smaka, director of Wightman’s Kalamazoo office. “The energy and collaboration these surroundings promote among staff members is already felt on a daily basis as we go about our business of making people’s lives better through the designs and solutions we deliver.”
Wightman’s presence in the Kalamazoo/Portage market began in 1993 through the affiliate surveying and site design office of Wightman Ward, Inc. In 2010, Wightman Ward consolidated services and business structure with the Benton Harbor-based Wightman & Associates. At the time of the consolidation, the Portage office had five employees.
Gary Hahn, who has been with Wightman for 37 years and who also holds the elected office of Kalamazoo County Surveyor, has worked in the Kalamazoo/Portage office since its inception.
“Every job we’ve completed, every project we’ve undertaken, every partnership we’ve built over nearly 30 years, they are all part of today. This new office represents the trust our clients have put in us, allowing us to grow, as well as the many years of doing work that improves the quality of life for our neighbors and friends. This is truly an exciting day,” stated Hahn.
About the building design and function
Wightman’s Architecture Studio created the exterior and interior design plan of the Kalamazoo office. Support and assistance for the project was provided by the company’s civil engineering, survey, and landscape architecture departments.
In 2017, Wightman began renovating the building that began life as a warehouse for piping products owned by the Galloup Pipe Company. The building’s original style was characterized by steel columns, heavy timber beams, exposed tongue and groove wood roof decking, and structural glazed tile walls were restored and exposed in many places to enhance the new buildings presence.                                                     
The mix of old and new systems creates a light-industrial, eclectic reuse of the building. Design features recalling the history of the building and its industrial surroundings, as well as other recent neighborhood improvement projects, helped to guide architectural design decisions. The new exterior blends cohesively into its surroundings, utilizing corrugated metal and Corten steel rainscreens to enhance the character. Interior finishes – such as exposed ductwork, electrical and data conduit, corrugated metal panels, reclaimed barnwood, exposed steel structure mixed with vibrant accent wall coverings and paint, contemporary furnishings, and lighting accents – contribute to the eclectic feel.
The open office design promotes communication and idea sharing. Focus rooms and small collaboration rooms provide privacy for meetings and focused work sessions, allowing employees to maintain work balance. The mix of full-time, permanent workstations and non-dedicated drop-in work stations support the needs of staff members based in Kalamazoo as well as those of remote workers from Wightman’s other two locations. The large breakroom provides staff with a relaxing space for breaks, larger gatherings, and an alternative area for focused work. All of these features contribute to a contemporary and welcoming workspace that supports flexibility and promotes Wightman’s company values and culture.
About Wightman
Wightman is a full-service consulting firm that exists to serve people and the communities we live in. Our dynamic team of over 120 professionals works to analyze, advise, design, and deliver successful projects in partnership with governments, business, and institutions in our communities.
Our unique approach is to offer comprehensive multi-disciplinary services, industry expertise, accurate scope of work, and a passion for listening.
Services offered include Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental and Surveying. Additional specialty services offered include Planning, GIS, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. Our firm is located in Allegan, Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Wightman Kalamazoo office details
Size:                           16,000-square-feet
Design:                      Wightman Architecture Studio
General contractor: Cornerstone Construction Management, Portage, MI
Project cost:              $3.1 million
Incentives:                 None – project fully funded by Wightman
Furnishings:              For furniture, we utilized a variety of local furniture manufacturers
  • Doubleday Office Products provided furniture from HON, Sitonit and Enwork (workstations, lounge chairs, file cabinets, conference tables, conference chairs, side chairs)
  • Steelcase (lounge chairs, walk station, task chairs)
  • Haworth (lounge sofa)
  • Herman Miller (collaboration room tables)
  • MiEN (storage units, lounge benches and stools)
  • Renegade by Custer (custom interiors library units and paper storage unit)
  • KI (side tables)
  • Keilhauer (lounge chairs)
  • Other miscellaneous items and accessories provided by Wexel, Wayfair, Integrity Business Solutions, Ghent and IKEA

Wightman expands reality capture services

January 7, 2019

With the recent addition of four experienced high definition laser scanning (HDLS), building information modeling, and industrial layout professionals to its team, Wightman is expanding its capabilities in the reality capture arena.
Joining the company are Jason Boldt, Mike Pfaff, Nicholas Groot, and Michael Moy. They come to Wightman from 3D Imaging Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“We are pleased to welcome Jason, Mike, Nicholas, and Michael to our team,” states Wightman President Matt Davis. “Their nationwide, industry-leading background in the field of reality capture coupled with Wightman’s expert-level capabilities in licensed surveying, engineering, architectural, and GIS services opens up exciting new solution-based opportunities for clients.”
Reality capture services is the documentation of existing, or “as-built”, conditions with the use of advanced imaging technologies, such as high-definition laser scanners. This information supports the decision-making process during the design, construction, and management of buildings and structures.
The gathered data can be used for building information modeling (BIM). BIM provides a geospatial database of all physical aspects of a building that assists in building management and capital improvement forecasting. The 3-dimentional building maps can be augmented with data, such as repair logs, maintenance history, and component replacement schedules, through GIS technology to further assist building owners, architects, and facilities management personnel in effective planning and future renovations.
Another important application of reality capture technology is industrial layout. Used during the construction stage, industrial layout insures accurate placement of electrical, ventilation, plumbing, and other mechanical components. This process saves both time and money for contractors and building owners by avoiding physical interference between these systems as they are being installed.
Boldt, Groot, Moy, and Pfaff have worked on high-profile reality capture projects throughout the continental United States. Recent projects include laser scanning of the façade of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, as-built scanning of a three-tower conveyor loading system SunCoke Coal in Florida, creating site deterioration baseline models at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi for the U.S. Parks Service, and imaging the Detroit Zoo penguin exhibit. Among the extensive list of manufacturers, utilities, and higher education clients for whom the team has completed projects are General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Post Consumer Brands, Kellogg’s, Jiffy Foodservice, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Stanford University, and Baylor University. The team recently provided industrial layout services for the $160 million Lakeland Medical Center expansion in St. Joseph, Michigan.
“This team is recognized nationally for their skill in working with clients to solve problems and improve operating efficiency. They are able to do this by blending their technical knowledge of reality capture best practices with their individual backgrounds in the construction, utility, surveying, and architecture fields. As part of Wightman, they will continue to work with clients throughout North America, leveraging other in-house services we provide, as needed, to deliver superior business solutions with attention to customer service,” states Brian Lieberg, director of surveying.
Wightman recognized reality capture as a natural extension of the services it already provides to its municipal, commercial, utility, education, and land development clients. As a result, the company began offering HDLS services in 2017. To expand its HDLS capabilities, Wightman added high resolution drone mapping technology services this year. The combination of HDLS and drone mapping technology will allow for comprehensive capture of existing indoor and outdoor space regardless of size or degree of complexity.
“It is rare for a medium-sized company such as Wightman to have the in-house resources and depth of experience to provide surveying, engineering, architecture, environmental services, GIS, and BIM services. Our clients win by working with a cohesive, experienced in-house team of trusted advisors to manage all aspects of project planning and design,” adds Davis.
About the Reality Capture Services team members at Wightman:
Jason Boldt combines eight years of high-definition laser scanning, point cloud creation, and building information modeling expertise with more than a decade of hands-on construction management and supervision. This unique blend of experience allows Boldt to understand the concerns and challenges clients have in managing, maintaining, and upgrading their facilities, and how reality capture can be a tool that drives informed decision making. He joined 3D Imaging Services in 2011. Prior to that he was a construction manager and supervisor for Orion Construction in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a construction manager with Greater Flint Building Company in Flint, Mich. Boldt earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and an associate’s degree in Drafting and Design, both from ITT Technical College.
Mike Pfaff views high definition laser scanning and industrial layout from a surveying and construction services perspective. He worked as a surveyor for 10 years for firms in Illinois and California before specializing in HDLS with Diamond West, Inc. in Calabasas, Calif., in 2008, and later in 2010 with Bowman Consulting Group in Fredericksburg, Virginia before joining 3D Imaging Services in 2015. Notable reality capture project Pfaff has worked on include the Rose Bowl, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Reagan National Airport, O’Hare International Airport expansion project, Chevron refineries, and CSX rail addition. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Land Surveying from Westwood College of Technology in Denver, Colorado, Leica Geo Office (LGO) Certification, and Reigl VZ-400 Certification.
Nicholas Groot specializes in oil and gas pipeline surveying, industrial layout, and has experience in most aspects of land surveying, including work on construction sites and multiple Michigan Department of Transportation projects. Groot worked for Holland Engineering, Inc. in Holland, Mich., for 14 years as a project surveyor and crew chief. In 2017, he joined 3D Imaging Services as a project surveyor employing traditional and high-definition laser scanning technologies for building information modeling. Groot studied Mining Engineering at Michigan Technological University.
Michael Moy specializes in using information gathered through high-definition laser scanning to create building information modeling for clients. He joined 3D Imaging Services in 2017 as a 3-dimensional BIM specialist where he modeled structure, architecture, and mechanical systems based on point cloud data to assist clients with facility management and capital needs forecasting. Prior to that, he was a creative store design contractor with Meijer and a precast concrete detailer with Kerkstra Precast in Grandville, Mich. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Sustainability and an associate’s degree in Architectural Technology, both from Ferris State University.
To learn more about reality capture services at Wightman or to contact one of these talented professionals, please call Wightman at 269-927-0100 or visit Wightman at www.gowightman.com.

Wightman & Associates, Inc. changes its name to Wightman

January 7, 2019

Wightman & Associates, Inc., with Michigan offices in Allegan, Benton Harbor, and Kalamazoo, has announced a streamlined name change to that of Wightman. The name change is part of a larger refresh of the firm’s brand that includes a new logo and updated web site domain.
“We have used our upcoming 75th anniversary in 2021 as an opportunity to strategically reflect on the tremendous growth Wightman has experienced and to look forward to the expanding future of our firm,” states Wightman President Matt Davis. “We have evolved from a small, regional survey and engineering enterprise into a multi-disciplinary firm serving clients in several states. The updated corporate name and logo aligns better with who we are today while still staying connected to our roots.”
The company was founded in 1946 by G. L. Wightman in St. Joseph, Michigan, specializing in land surveying and civil engineering. Over time, the solo proprietor business grew in size, scope, and geographic reach. Today, the full-service consulting firm employs over 120 professionals who analyze, advise, design, and deliver successful projects in partnership with Government, Education, Commercial and Utility sectors throughout Michigan and the Midwest.
The new Wightman logo includes the tagline, “It’s all about people,” to reflect the company’s mission, values, and goals to serve people and the communities in which it operates.
“The tagline sums up the purpose and culture of Wightman. It aligns with our long-standing emphasis on personal relationships and improving people’s lives through the work we do,” states Davis.
Wightman provides architecture, civil engineering, environmental, and land surveying services through a team of licensed industry experts. Additional complementary services Wightman offers are planning, GIS, landscape architecture, and interior design, as well as newly added high definition laser scanning and drone imaging.  
Other recent expansion activities Wightman has completed include a new expanded Allegan office opened in the fall of 2017, and a new, larger location in Kalamazoo opened in November 2018 with grand opening activities scheduled for after the first of the year.
The web site and email domain has been changed to gowightman.com. Those wishing to learn more about the firm or to contact a member of the Wightman team are invited to visit the web site or call 269-927-0100.