By Jamie Johnson, Building Kentucky
TowerPinkster, a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm celebrated the opening of its New Albany office on Thursday, Oct. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. With offices in New Albany and Louisville, TowerPinkster supports projects throughout the region.
Speakers included New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, TowerPinkster Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Green and Kyle Wilson, director, TowerPinkster. Claire Johnson, economic development director, City of New Albany, emceed the event.
In late 2021, Kovert Hawkins Architects, a long-standing firm in southern Indiana established in 1985, merged with TowerPinkster, a Michigan-based design firm. The move from Jeffersonville to New Albany was spurred by the organization’s growth.
“We’re really excited to be relocating this office to downtown New Albany- it’s vibrant, it’s exciting. Our team is thrilled to be here, to be able to engage with the community, and do great things together,” said TowerPinkster CEO Bjorn Green. “We’ve got room to grow, and our trajectory is to continue to grow and support the entire community.”
The location of the office, 320 Pearl Street in New Albany, was previously home to a restaurant and newsroom for the News and Tribune before TowerPinkster’s team reimagined the space. Historically, the location was home to a bank where the vault and safety deposit boxes remain.
The New Albany office is managed by principals John Hawkins and Hal Kovert and by directors Kyle Wilson and Amanda Hunsucker. The new space is designed with collaboration in mind and will allow the group to work as a team and facilitate innovation in their work.
“[The move] is going to increase our collaboration- it benefits our team, it benefits our projects, and ultimately benefits the clients that we serve,” said Kyle Wilson, director, TowerPinkster. “We’re proud to be in southern Indiana… We’re proud to be part of the New Albany community and we look forward to continuing to support our clients throughout southern Indiana, greater Louisville and the entire region.”
TowerPinkster believes in the power of community and has been ranked one of the top philanthropists for medium-sized businesses in the 2023 Book of Lists from Louisville Business First supporting Toys for Tots, One Southern Indiana and Southern Indiana Pride.
The firm continues to grow and support more clients throughout Louisville and southern Indiana. Recent projects for TowerPinkster include The Elsby Building hotel project in New Albany, the Lynn Family Sports Vision + Training Center in Louisville, the southwest corner of Bank and Main Streets project in New Albany, the Lottie Oglesby Park redevelopment efforts and various projects for UPS.
TowerPinkster celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The firm, founded by four architects, now employs more than 200 staff members across five offices in Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.