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Saying Goodbye to our Summer Intern

Meet Kendra VanPolen. She is a college student at Pittsburg State University and was our student intern for this summer.  Kendra heard about Strata Design while attending the AWI Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.  She had the opportunity to talk with many different companies but when Tyler, the President of Strata Design, realized that Kendra was from Michigan and not too far away, he asked her to contact him for a summer internship. Kendra happily applied and by the end of May started working on the shop floor and shorty after started creating shop drawing for the Engineering Department for the summer. She really enjoyed seeing cabinets being constructed from start to finish.

She was familiar with the woodworking industry, as her father started a custom cabinet shop 20 years ago. His business started as a one man shop where he took side jobs of making furniture for a local furniture store, just to make ends meet.  Through hard work and perseverance, he created a name for himself and a reputation of excellent cabinetry work. His business has grown to 11 full time employees.  It has expanded into creating custom cabinets all across the state and as far as Florida.

Kendra was also drawn to the woodworking industry because of her love of working with her hands and coming up with new ideas to build and create.  Interning at Strata Design has helped her to gain a deeper knowledge of the industry as a whole and understands how jobs flow through bigger companies.  She feels this experience will serve her well in her college classes.

She thinks it’s important to bring a female perspective in this field because for so long it has been male dominated.  She believes women have great ideas on how to organize and create a positive work environment. We here at Strata Design know she is right!  Although she will be missed as she returns to PSU this fall, we are excited for Kendra to finish her degree and continue the tradition of excellent Architectural Manufacturing!  We hope she will return next summer!

Strata Design’s Employees Enjoy Watching Traverse City’s New Baseball Team

We had a beautiful night at the ball park enjoying a the Pit Spitters 1st year playing in Traverse City.  We were blessed with perfect weather, a win and fireworks! Our employees enjoyed an all you can eat buffet while watching the game with their families and coworkers. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication and are excited to give them a night out on us!  That crazy guy in all the photos is our fearless leader, Tyler Cerny.

Strata Design Awarded Western Michigan University’s South Neighborhood Housing Project

We are excited to be apart of Western Michigan University’s 1st wave of South Neighborhood revitalization!! The new Arcadia Flats student housing project will allow the upperclassman an innovated place to live, learn, network and relax.  The cutting edge design will provide a model of communal 21 century housing with multiple living options.  The apartment style units will have a long rectangular floor plan that will include a kitchen, bathroom and living area both in a studio or two bedroom layout.  The Arcadia Flats will have state of the art gathering areas as well. The first phase will be completed by fall 2020.  Stay tuned…

Strata Design is Featured in Design Solutions Magazine Winter 2019 Edition

Strata Design partnered with SmithGroup/Callison RTKL and Barton Malow/Christman Joint Venture in the McLaren Port Huron Hospital South Tower project.  This 175,000 square foot new addition took approximately four years from conceptual design to completion.  We built the headwall systems, nurse stations, cabinets and countertops for the entire project.  Our work was proudly featured in the winter edition of Design Solution publication.  According to Steve Busen, the Construction manager, “Strata’s millwork design solution for the nurse stations proved to be a great value compared to the modular furniture design that was originally planned.  This wasn’t an easy task, but in the end the custom nurse stations exceeded many expectations in terms of quality and aesthetics.”  Photos courtesy of James Haefner. Click here for the link to the article.





We Are Still Open Despite Polar Vortex

On this last frigid day of January, Traverse City records having 20 inches of snow on the ground and temperatures have been in the single to negative digits for the past week.  Despite this Polar Vortex, Strata Design has remained open and proudly has had On Time Deliveries!  It’s cold, snowy and just part of the territory living and working Up North in beautiful God’s country.  We strongly advise our employees to use caution and take their time while on the roads.  We are so grateful for our dedicated employees!  Stay warm….only a few more months until Spring!


1645 Park Dr
Traverse City, MI 49686

Phone: (231)929-2140
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