North Park recognizes campus design team

Johnson Center architect Bill Ketcham presented with the David Nyvall Medallion

Rather than focus on a featured speaker, North Park University’s spring undergraduate commencement convocation honors individuals by telling part of their life story to the graduating students and honoring them with the David Nyvall Medallion for Distinguished Service to the People of Chicago.

For this year’s commencement, the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution, the university on the north side of Chicago honored Paul Hansen formerly of VOA Associates, Incorporated, Doug Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Carl Balsam of North Park University and VOA’s Bill Ketcham. North Park recognized these individuals for their careers in building and landscape architecture and campus development as well as their roles in guiding the transformation of the urban campus over two decades. North Park takes great pride in a campus buildings and landscape that reflect its values of community and service. In 2014, the VOA-designed The Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life opened at North Park. North Park, in sharing the stories of these successful designers, leaves graduates with inspiring examples of significant lives lived in service to the university and the community.

North Park President David L. Parkyn presented the honorees to the graduating class at the North Park commencement on Saturday, May 14th. Parkyn believes place makes a difference in learning and that North Park’s campus leaves a lifelong impression on its graduates. “I am honored to receive the award and look forward to continuing my association with this tremendous and dynamic educational institution with a great heritage of service and involvement in the Chicago community,” says Ketcham.

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