Firm News - December 2020


Since the last edition of IMPRINT, the firm has had a lot to celebrate. From staff accepting leadership roles and earning new certifications, to exciting project starts and positive news coverage, and the firm ranking among the Top 100 A/E firms in the nation, it has been a great month. We hope you’ll celebrate with us. Let’s dive in!


National A/E/C media conglomerate, Building Design+Construction Network, just unveiled its 2020 Giants 300 Report. We’re ecstatic to announce Design Collaborative ranked in the Top 100 on several lists, including #93 on the overall 2020 Top A/E Firm Giants Survey. Other notable rankings include:
#18 2020 Top 100 Convention Center Design Giants
#28 2020 Top Data Center Design Giants
#42 2020 Top 100 Industrial Design Giants
#53 2020 Top Laboratory Facility Design Giants
#72 2020 Sports Facilities Design Giants
#90 2020 Top Healthcare Design Giants
#93 2020 Top 100 A/E Firms
#94 2020 Top University Design Giants
#109 2020 Top Retail Giants
#120 2020 K-12 School Design Giants
#147 2020 Top Government Sector Giants
#158 2020 Top Multifamily Giants
#171 2020 Reconstruction Design Giants
Read our full media release here.


Meanwhile, our talented staff has been excelling with earned media placements, primary research projects, earning new professional certifications, and leadership roles in professional organizations. Design Collaborative’s Chief Cost Estimator Thad Berkes, for instance, is serving as president for the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) Chapter 65 – Old Fort  in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Through this role, he lends 25 years of cost estimating experience to influence and educate the local cost estimating community. Earlier this year, he was featured in the national ASPE Estimating Today magazine.


Bob Sanderson, RRC, REWC, recently earned the Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) designation from the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). This is the second of three credentials earned on the path to the building envelope trifecta – the Registered Building Envelope Consultant designation, which he plans to achieve in 2021.


In terms of projects, several of our projects were featured in the media over the past month. Fort Wayne’s Science Central’s Planetarium in development was featured in the Journal Gazette. We’re excited to partner on this community-focused project, and we can’t wait to see it when it opens to the public. Likewise, the Times Bulletin covered the groundbreaking ceremony for the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Annex we have the pleasure of working on with the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation. Finally, Healthcare Design published a bylined feature from our very own Bill Ledger, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, director of healthcare design. This article features flexible spaces within our projects at Rush Memorial and Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center -- to accommodate patient surges.


Building on the Healthcare Design article, Bill Ledger is presenting to the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) membership on December 16 from 12-1pm. His presentation, “The Capacity Dilemma – Planning for the Surge,” will reveal strategies to plan for patient surge events. Register for the event here.


LOOKING AHEAD TO JANUARY: Stay tuned to your Inbox for the next issue of IMPRINT. We’re already stocking up on some pretty exciting firm news, including newly awarded projects, employee promotions, awards, and leadership roles, and several new project completions with some outstanding project photography. You won’t want to miss the January issue.