This particular commission illustrates Griendling's ability to collaborate and communicate successfully with members of a building team. Griendling met first with Michael L. Miller, President and CEO of Nolin, who explained that he, Nolin’s board of directors and the architect, Larry Gream, all expressed interest in Griendling's work. After a lengthy discussion about Nolin’s mission, its business, employees, customers and history, Griendling met with the architect to hear his view of the specific space for the sculpture. Part of this conversation revolved around the elements of Griendling's work that the architect considered compatible with the space and how the architect envisioned Griendling's involvement in the project.
Griendling took the blueprints back to his studio and developed several rough designs over a four week period. The result was one design that addressed Nolin’s criteria, the architect’s vision for the space and Griendling's own personal artistic goals. Griendling presented the design to the director and architect and they, in turn, presented the concept to the board for final approval. At that point, Griendling met separately with the architect and project manager to work out the structural details and time schedule.
The Nolin logo was also designed by Rich Griendling.