Longtime local architect to retireDec 28th, 2015 | By Copydesk | Category: Featured, Pack your bags, Services
By Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal
Pete Anderson, a longtime regional architect and 50 percent principal owner of Myers Anderson Architects in Pocatello, will retire at the end of the year and move to a warmer climate.
During his career, Anderson, who lives in Chubbuck, has worked on projects too vast and numerous to single out.
“There is 40 years of projects there, to try to pick out which one is a significant project,” Anderson said, would be difficult. “I think the most gratifying thing is we do a lot of work in small communities.”
Some of the larger projects Anderson has worked on were numerous updates to Holt Arena, the new Student Recreation Center at Idaho State University, the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital remodeling projects, Evanston Yards, and renovations to Pocatello and Highland high schools.
An open house is set for Anderson Jan. 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Juniper Hills Country Club. The celebration is open to the public and anyone who’d like to wish Anderson well in his retirement.
Anderson has enjoyed working in the community, though initially he didn’t plan to stick around after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from ISU.
“I grew up in Buhl and came to ISU,” Anderson said. “I swore I’d never live here and I’ve been here for 40-plus years.”
Anderson graduated in 1974 following the oil embargo, which meant fewer available jobs. But he landed a draftsman position with Cedric M. Allen & H. Tom Myers, Associated Architects in Pocatello. A few years later, H. Tom Myers started his own firm and asked Anderson to join.
Anderson became a principal owner of Myers Anderson Architects in 1980. The firm is at 101 N. Main St. in Pocatello and has been a mainstay in Pocatello’s downtown. He’s helped grow the firm from two employees in one office to 13 employees between its offices in Pocatello and Evanston, Wyo.
“Pete’s been a good partner, a hard-working architect in our region,” said Jerry Myers, the other principal owner of the firm and son of H. Tom Myers, who joined the firm in 1985. “We hate to see him go, but wish him the very best in the future.”
For retirement, Anderson is moving south with his wife, Linda, who’s been waiting for him to retire since she retired from teaching 10 years ago.
“First of all, we’re moving to Arizona to get out of the cold and to travel and play golf,” Anderson said, adding that it’s his turn to do what Linda wants to do.
Anderson credits H. Tom Myers for instilling in both he and Jerry Myers a strong work ethic, and commitment to the local community and region.
“I think a lot of it (our success) contributes to Jerry’s dad,” Anderson said. “He was a very good mentor and had a very deep passion for providing quality design. And from that he instilled a work ethic I think both Jerry and I have had for the last 30 years we’ve had the firm going. … The other influence has been the people that we’ve worked with, and having the confidence and trust to bring their vision to reality.”
Major successes are seeing satisfied clients and to have clients say “that is what we really wanted,” he said.
One of the most recent milestones for the firm was completing a $6 million remodeling project at the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital in Montpelier. The Myers Anderson firm started working with the hospital 20 years ago — after the hospital worked with a larger hospital design firm in St. Louis and wanted a firm that would give them the necessary attention. Since then, the Pocatello firm has done a number of projects totaling more than $9 million for the hospital.
Jerry Myers said reference letters have noted how the firm has listened to its clients, and were responsive and easy to work with.
“We have a lot of good friends that started out as clients, and over the years had the opportunity and are fortunate to get acquainted with them beyond just clients,” Myers said. “Relationships, good relationships have been developed. That comes from excelling and serving their needs, and going a little bit above what their expectations are.”
Anderson served on a number of community boards and organizations. He was appointed to the Chubbuck’s Land Use and Development Commission in 1980. At the time, Chubbuck only had a population of between 3,000 and 4,000. Anderson has watched the city grow to more than 14,000 people.
Anderson’s neighbor, who was the city engineer and public works director, said Chubbuck needed to have someone who understood where the city needed to go. Anderson served as chairman off and on for about 20 years, and resigned this month. He enjoyed serving and was glad to contribute his expertise to the community.
As Myers Anderson Architects moves forward, Richard Creason will become the firm’s new partner starting in January. The firm will also move to the Whitman Hotel in January.
The January edition of the Southeast Idaho Business Journal will take a closer look at this transition and the firm’s future plans. This edition is slated to publish on Thursday, Jan. 28.