Kenric Van Wyk Obituary
We are sad to announce that on January 29, 2017, after an 8-month battle with leukemia, our founder and friend, Kenric Van Wyk, went to be with his Lord.
Many of you have been on this journey with him, witnessing his faith, thankfulness, and grace. Thank you for your love and support.
With passion and joy, Kenric built a firm of dedicated professionals who share his spirit and his love of what we do. To every professional he met, Kenric was more than a colleague; he became a friend. We deeply mourn Kenric’s passing. Yet, we carry on.
Kenric completed his mechanical engineering degree with honors at Calvin College in 1989, where he also pursued one of his loves, singing in the choir. He went on to achieve a Masters of Science in Engineering, specializing in acoustical engineering, at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana in 1991.
In 1999, after working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kenric returned to Grand Rapids to run Innovative Acoustical Engineering, a local acoustical consulting firm since 1962. In 2001, Kenric purchased the assets of IEA and renamed the company, founding Acoustics By Design, Inc. Later that year, Kenric taught acoustical and vibrational engineering classes at his Alma Mater, Calvin College. He expanded his business over the years, at one point including satellite offices in Valparaiso, Indiana, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Acoustics by Design now has nine staff in Grand Rapids, and five in the Portland, Oregon office, launched in 2015. Kenric mentored and empowered his team, who, during his illness, has successfully continued the business he founded, and they will continue serving their clients into the future.
Kenric was instrumental in the creation of the Federal Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, and Residential Healthcare Facilities. He spearheaded educational seminars and videos, designed to instruct healthcare professionals, architects, and construction in the use of the FGI Guidelines. Along with over 5,000 projects around the world, Kenric was a featured speaker at conferences across the USA and internationally, and he served as an expert witness in over 100 legal matters. Kenric’s company won awards for The 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For, in West Michigan ten years in a row, nationally 6 years in a row, two Elite awards, and The 101 Best and Brightest Most Sustainable Companies, every year it was awarded.
Kenric loved spending time making music with his wife Carol, and son Caleb, and serving in his church. He made it a point to visit his mother, brothers, and in-laws in Iowa, and would regularly burst into song – extolling the glories of the Iowa State Fair. He was a man of great generosity, delightful humor, kind instruction, deep and abiding faith in God, and remarkable character. We miss him.