Cushing Terrell Presents ‘Environmental Transformation’ at REVEL 2020

February 1, 2020

On April 3 and 4, Billings Depot is bringing the ultimate experiential event back to Billings, where REVELers will have ALL of their senses dazzled. REVEL at the Taste of Billings is back for its second year with 11 Sponsor Teams creating unique dining experiences within each of their respective spaces.

Introducing Team Cushing Terrell:

Team Cushing Terrell is comprised of Dawn Mackenzie, Kayce Kumpula is acting as REVEL Butler for the team, Chef Matt Makowski is bringing the REVEL Flavor, and John McConnell completes the team as the REVEL Artist.

  • Sponsor: Dawn Mackenzie, Cushing Terrell
  • Butler: Kayce Kumpula, PayneWest Insurance
  • Chef: Matt Makowski, The Fieldhouse
  • Artist: John McConnell, Midland West Mfg
  • Theme+Direction: Environmental Transformation

About the Sponsor

In Commemoration of their 80th anniversary, CTA Architects Engineers became Cushing Terrell. The name and brand refresh celebrates the company's legacy and core values while looking to the future. 

Founded in Billings, MT in 1938, by Ralph Cushing and Everett Terrell, their firm was established on a shared belief that integrating architecture, engineering, and design would open the doors for deepened relationships and enhanced creativity — and that hasn’t changed. “The way it’s always been done” isn’t always the best way, which is why we implement programs that challenge us to perform above standards and beyond past successes. 


In developing the theme for Team Cushing Terrell's Cove, they sought to incorporate multiple disciplines provided by Cushing Terrell (architecture, landscape, interiors, engineering, etc) to create a unique experience. 

Meet the REVEL Artist

John McConnell joined Midland West Manufacturing in 2006. A passion for artwork that was originally rooted in drawings, his work at Midland West has opened the doors to metalwork, having had opportunity to work with mediums such as stainless steel and aluminum, which has allowed him to explore other facets of his artistic nature.

John shares that the piece he’s creating to be auctioned off for REVEL is being made in conjunction with his main artistic partner at Midland West, Tim Buechler. He says, “he’s been the guy I partner up with a lot, when we do stuff artistically for the company.” Having done some projects for the Billings Resource Alliance, a bench they donated last year took third place at that silent auction. Ultimately, John is excited for people to see that Midland West might be well known for its big commercial projects, but there is residential work being done as well that lends itself to a unique level of artistry. 

Midland West Manufacturing is your one-stop for all of your metal fabrication needs! From thought to reality we can build your custom design project out of carbon steel, stainless, or aluminum. We do more than new fabrication, we also fix any repairs needed on your equipment. From residential work to work in the oil fields we are here to serve locally and the greater surrounding areas. Stop in or call for a free quote 406.245.6204 or visit the website at

Inside the Cove

The Environmental Transformation Cove is uniquely focused on its team members, creating an environment that is futuristic, pushing the limits. The Cushing Terrell Team’s goal is to surround diners with intense, changing colors all around.

Team Cushing Terrell shares that they are finding working with a metal artist creates a unique opportunity for their Cove and has influenced the way they have designed their space. 

REVEL is an event with a lot of moving parts, which can be challenging at times, but this team has loved taking on that challenge and is looking forward to seeing it all come together. They have loved the innovations of working with their Artist and Chef and are excited to see all the other Coves! 

When all is said and done, they hope that the people who were able to experience their Cove would say, “WOW! I would do that again in a heartbeat! Their Cove was awesome! 

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