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Meet Communications Manager Katelyn Sonnee

ISG Communications Manager Katelyn Sonnee talks dance, listening, lunch, and “The Office.”

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Meet ISG Construction Administrator Darin Howell

Construction Administrator Darin Howell talks teamwork and culture, vending machines, GIS, and Scotland. It’ll make sense later, we promise.

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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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National Engineers Week – Engineering Education Trends

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 ISG Creative Manager Carey Dueweke

Did you know ISG employs a former Senior Graphic Designer for the CIA, a black belt in Taekwando, and a licensed skydiving coach? What if we told you they were all the same person?

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Meet Executive Project Coordinator Stephanie Merdan

When Stephanie Merdan started as a receptionist at ISG almost 15 years ago, she had no idea what opportunities the company would create for her. Read more about Stephanie, and find out what’s kept her at ISG for 15 years!

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Meet Employee Owner and Architect Nathan Compton

Catch up with Employee Owner and Architect Nathan Compton on all things architecture, ISU, and his passion for the Tiny Home Movement.

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Meet GIS Specialist Casey Decker

Read how ISG Employee Owner and GIS Specialist Casey Decker was able to turn one of his favorite hobbies, being outdoors, into a full time career.

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Meet Senior Designer Tom Katers

ISG Senior Designer, Tom Katers, loves solving the design challenges of the job and building relationships with clients and municipal reviewers. With strong roots in Brown County, Tom loves bettering his community-whether on the job at ISG, volunteering to review 140 page documents as a City of Bellevue Trustee, or kicking a soccer ball around with the team he coaches. If that sounds busy, he also has three active teenage boys and two dogs. But don’t worry- he’s able to recharge in the outdoors by camping, golfing, hunting, or just working in the yard. Inspiration, community service, employee ownership – let’s connect with Tom!

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Meet Director of Production Operations Randy Potter

ISG Employee Owner and Director of Production Operations, Randy Potter, is a frequent and friendly communicator, coordinator, and problem-solver at work. That is not the case at volleyball however, where his spikes rain on opponents. When he’s not in the office or on the court, the Certified Revit Professional and ESOP Committee Chair can be found wearing multiple hats. Randy proudly sports the “dad” badge with his two kids (number three on the way!), fishing, or cheering on a Minnesota sports team. Let’s check out what “sets” him apart from the status quo.

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