Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Japanese Garden

Grand Rapids, MI

Located near downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park recently opened their newest addition – an 8-acre Japanese garden – one of the most revered and deeply appreciated international garden styles.  Tranquility, simplicity and beauty are the very essence of a Japanese garden.  In 2009, Fred Meijer articulated his and Lena’s shared love of Japanese gardens and asked about adding one to Meijer Gardens.  The concept was born, planning began and construction commenced in 2012, with the public grand opening of the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden June 13, 2015.


  • New design-build project to implement moving water features for the new garden
  • Requirement to work in tandem with the principal designer, Hoichi Kurisu and the firm Kurisu International


  • Design, fabricate, and installation of a Allen-Bradley Compact Logix PLC & PowerFlex VFD Platform
  • Design and implement a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System based on Rockwell Automation’s RS View SE Software and Industrial PC Monitors
  • Design HMI & System Monitoring Screens that are familiar to Meijer Garden personnel
  • Develop and deploy Local, Remote, and Web-based (Intranet) support access to the system
  • Work closely with Meijer Garden personnel to insure a fully functional implementation


  • Central and Distributed Operation Display Screens
  • Networked Operator Interface Displays for HMI / SCADA functions
  • Familiar and Standard off-the-shelf VFD & HMI Controls from Local Supply & Support channels
Project Details

8 Acre Japanese Garden

Retention pond intake
Intake water filtration & sediment removal
Pumped waterfall headwater supply
Pump speed/flow control
User adjustable operation parameters

  • Engineering
  • HDPE Pipe Fusion Splicing
  • Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Pump VFD Controls
  • Service & Support
  • Water Filtration