Frederik Meijer, an accomplished American businessman and chairman of the Meijer hypermarket chain, played a pivotal role in the establishment of the renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Ever since the Meijer family entered the grocery business during the great depression, they have achieved remarkable success, expanding their enterprise to encompass 259 supercenters across the Midwest. In 1986 a member of the West Michigan Historical Society approached Frederik Meijer seeking a donation of land. Responding generously, the Meijer family relocated a planned supercenter to donate 70.7 acres of land, paving the way for the creation of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This donation allowed for the preservation of the natural land while also fostering an appreciation for the environment and fine art.
Recognizing the need for expansion by 2015, the institution embarked on a $115 million renovation project. This project was designed by Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects & Progressive AE, with a primary focus on discretion. In order to achieve this, they meticulously selected Unilock Promenade Paver™ in various sizes, colors and finishes.
The design incorporated a seamless flow of 4×16”, 4×12” and 8×24” plank pavers with Umbriano® finish in French Grey and Series™ finish in a custom color. The liner pattern of the pavers guides visitors from the welcome center to the park, seamlessly blending with the surrounding architecture for a discreet appearance. Unilock EnduraColor™ technology further enhances the selected pavers, with a base of coarser aggregates topped by fine and concentrated color aggregates, ensuring durability and protection from fading amidst the high foot traffic at the welcome center.
The selection of a Series™ finish adds character to the design, with exposed natural granite and quarts aggregates creating speckles of color and a unique surface texture that is further enhanced over time. The overall design creates a welcoming space with a contemporary aesthetic. Visitors are bound to relish not only their time within the sculpture park but also as they make their way in.