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Watershed Moments: Looking at the Big Picture

Water quality improvements often start with the watershed. For entities like the Heron Lake Watershed District, it takes strong partnerships to make and fund improvements. Through these partnerships, communities can make a big impact on local water quality.

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Meet Landscape Architect Danyelle Pierquet

Although you may not find it on her LinkedIn, Danyelle Pierquet has “professional” experience in landscape architecture dating back to age 12. Read on to find out about Danyelle’s childhood networking practices, and the expertise she brings to ISG now!

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Rural Housing Crisis: How Iowa Communities Are Building for the Future

With the housing stock in rural Iowa shrinking and aging, many Iowa communities face roadblocks to long-term economic development. By planning for sustained success, these four Iowa towns have taken measures to deliver affordable housing solutions that promote future growth.

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Meet Structural Engineer Jamie Heupel

Growing up with an architect for a father, Jamie Heupel’s drawings of buildings were probably a little more structurally sophisticated than the other kids’. At ISG Jamie spends his days solving a variety of problems, from answering simple emails, to engineering column-free open floor plans. While not problem-solving or looking forward to his 25th wedding anniversary vacation in Hawaii, Jamie can be found rooting for the Minnesota Vikings- from Green Bay.

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#WorldEnvironmentDay – A Year in Review for the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

In honor of #WorldEnvironmentalDay during the week of June 4th, we’re looking back at some of the highlights from the new Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s first year, ongoing efforts to support the Center as a regional destination for environmental learning, and the nature-based program opportunities for explorers of all ages in the coming months.

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Meet Director of Finance and Accounting Alec Pfeffer

Director of Finance and Accounting Alec Pfeffer is a man of many talents and passions. Growing up, he knew he wanted to play college hoops. That is, until he fell for golf in the eighth grade and dreamed of making it to the PGA. While playing golf at his alma mater, St. Thomas, he discovered a big interest in business, specifically entrepreneurship. After 6+ years as a business banker for U.S. Bank, Alec became interested in ISG and its leadership’s vision for the future. Now that he works in a dream job at ISG, his goal is to be a slam dunk, hole-in-one dad and husband. Let’s learn more about Alec and his role at ISG.

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Structuring a Brand for the Long, Prosperous Road Ahead

Learn how clients and A/E firms can collaborate to ensure final designs mirror the client’s vision, help maximize profits and customer experience, and adhere to branding standards.

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Careers In Architecture – Designing the Future

At ISG, employees who start in our Architecture Group (and company-wide) are encouraged to forge their own paths and pursue their passions. Explore the different career paths in architecture and what inspired architects to pursue a career in the field.

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Meet Project Manager Chris Adams

Equal parts relationship builder, organizer, and communicator, with a dash of humor for good measure, Project Manager Chris Adams fosters effective and collaborative communication internally and with clients. In addition, Chris remains motivated to learn something new every day. This curiosity often leads to creative solutions for ISG clients. Let’s learn more about Chris, his recipe for project management success, and just for fun, who would play him in a Hollywood movie.

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Impacts of 3D Scanning Technology in Industry Growth and Facility Management

Hear from clients themselves how 3D scanning technology is revolutionizing the way businesses pursue and manage growth.

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Glimpse into the Career of a Land Surveyor

ISG Principal and Practice Group Leader Dan Stueber PE, PLS shares his experiences as a professional land surveyor, as well as what challenges/opportunities are on the horizon for the field.

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Meet Project Coordinator Ryan Welke

Let's go westward with Project Coordinator Ryan Welke as he embraces change, shrimp, cold brews, and his bike in ISG’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota office!

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National Engineers Week – Agricultural Drainage Trends

ISG engineers improvements for drainage capacity and crop yields while addressing water quality through innovative nutrient reduction practices. Today’s #ISGEngineers are Chuck Brandel PE, Principal and Vice President; Brian Blomme, PE, Agricultural Engineer; and Mark Origer PE, Civil Engineer. Let’s jump in!

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Engineering Education Trends – National Engineers Week

From chalkboards to smartboards and notebooks to tablets, schools are rapidly evolving to support 21st century learning styles. Learn more about the changes and how they affect engineering solutions.

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A Case Study in Unconventional Urban Renewal

Situated in the heart of downtown Sioux City, Iowa, the Promenade is a public space surrounded by the local movie theatre, Sioux City Convention Center, and nearby coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. See how ISG implemented unconventional urban renewal strategies to revitalize this popular space.

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How 21st Century Design Maximizes Engagement in PreK-12 Education

Back to school season often begins with educators, administrators, and staff prepping their schools for the incoming classes – rearranging desks, organizing supplies, lesson planning, and hosting orientations. And while educators certainly carry the load in ensuring school districts run smoothly, architecture and interior design makes the grade when it comes to supporting learning styles and maximizing engagement in schools. Get your pencils out to take notes on how 21st century design maximizes engagement in PreK-12 education.

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Meet Project Manager + Construction Administrator Kirk Moe

While on the job site, ISG Project Manager and Construction Administrator Kirk Moe uses his extensive field experience and entrepreneurial background to help each client’s vision become a reality— but when not leading a team at ISG, you can find Kirk guiding anglers on fishing trips year-round for his guide service ProMoe Outdoors, or throwing a line in the water pro bono with his two kids, friends, the Boys & Girls Club, or veterans. Read on to learn more about Kirk’s work at ISG and his involvement with the Annual Hooked on Hardwater event happening next Saturday, February 23!

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Meet Project Manager and Construction Administrator Joe Wagner

A former volunteer Fire Chief, Project Manager and Construction Administrator Joe Wagner was once an ISG client. Read on to learn about his transition to employee owner, how gardening is like project managing, and who’s going to win the Super Bowl.

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Great Partnerships Make Great Projects!

ISG Congratulates Heron Lake Watershed District (HLWD) on their recent grant award! Implementation of best management practices are targeted to improve water quality in South Heron Lake.

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Meet Accounts Payable Manager Hayley Schull

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ISG Accounts Payable Manager Hayley Schull!

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Meet Architect Josh Muckenhirn

So an architect, a baker, and a tough mudder walk into a Sioux Falls Brewery… and the bartender looks up at the man and says “Hi Josh!”

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The Importance of Community Engagement on Pavement Projects

Pavement and resurfacing projects often involve a lot of moving parts. To ensure that there are minimal disruptions to daily life, ISG’s project teams focus on coordination and communication in the towns in cities in which they work. For the resurfacing of streets in West Des Moines, Iowa, ISG’s project team did just that, and in doing so, earned statewide recognition.

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