ms consultants, inc., an engineering, architectural, and planning firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio announced that Mike Alston has joined their team. He joins their Raleigh, North Carolina office as a Business Project Manager for the Commercial Architecture division. Mr. Alston brings with him nearly 30 years of experience and knowledge in architecture and urban design.
Mr. Alston graduated with a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Virginia Tech and has spent his career working in various roles as an architect and as a general contractor. Over the years he has fine-tuned his expertise and specializes in mixed-use development, placemaking knowledge, master planning, and streetscape design. Mr. Alston is both LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registrations Board) certified.
Having spoken at previous ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) conferences, Mr. Alston is an expert on town center design and placemaking strategies. One of his most significant projects was the Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. His contributions to the project focused on the placement of an indoor mall component and from that point, the best way for Easton Town Center to continue to grow and develop without dividing the customer experience. Easton Town Center hosts over 40 million guests each year and consistently ranks in the top 30 for top performing shopping centers in the U.S.
When asked about the biggest trends and needs in his field Mr. Alston commented, “Carefully planned urban expansion as well as redevelopment of existing urban environments will continue to be at the forefront of the developed world’s needs...creating lasting communities which can evolve and adapt to changing times, while keeping the essence of their architectural character and maintaining the ‘authenticity’ of the places we inhabit each and every day of our lives.”
About ms consultants, inc.
ms is a multidiscipline engineering, architecture, and planning firm for the transportation, environmental, architecture, commercial, retail, sustainability, railroad and construction industries. Founded in 1963, ms is now in its second generation of family ownership. Today, the firm has nearly 400 employees among nine offices in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ms consistently ranks as one of the “Top 500 Design Firms” by Engineering News-Record and has been named a “Top 300 Architectural Firm” by Architectural Record.
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