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Data-Informed Design For The User Experience At Work

With the right tools, metrics, and processes, Cushing Terrell’s Sandi Rudy and Jennifer Moore share how we can develop a better user experience at work. After months (or is it years now?) of working from home, we’ve had plenty of time to customize the home office just-so, making micro-adjustments to suit our moods and comfort, optimize for online meetings, and account for both expected and unexpected disruptions. Now with pandemic decreasing in severity, and the possibili...

Eleven Team Members Named Cushing Terrell’s Newest Associates

Our new associates demonstrate enthusiasm, excellence, and a commitment to advancing both the firm and the AEC industry. Cushing Terrell, a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, and design firm, is proud to announce the promotion of eleven team members to the role of associate. These team members represent many professional disciplines and serve clients, both external and internal, in myriad ways and across all market sectors. They have cultivated relationships wit...

Up for the Task: Custom-Designed Furniture That Does It All

Learn how a team from Cushing Terrell, Corti Construction, and Cumming Corporation (above) designed mobile, flexible furniture to support a space for artists and creatives.  With just a little imagination, a single piece of furniture can serve a broad range of functions. A dining room table, for example, often becomes a place for art projects, card games, and even an office workspace (especially in the past year). But a dining table was built primarily as a place for eati...

Cushing Terrell Promotes Shannon Christensen to Principal

Christensen, AIA, LEED BD+C, joins senior leadership team of multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell. Shannon Christensen, Architect, Project Manager, and Principal Shannon Christensen, project manager and leader of the firm’s architecture practice, has been named principal, joining Cushing Terrell’s senior leadership team. Christensen was chosen due to her extensive experience managing the strategy and growth of the firm’s largest s...

#Eweek2022 Spotlight | Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood

Dual-discipline adventure-seeker For National Engineers Week 2022, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  Who (or what) inspired you to become an engineer? Like many people, I originally didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was good at math and enjoyed drawing and being creative. It wasn’t until high school that I began to be inspired by building design wit...

#Eweek2022 Spotlight | Cole Moller

Embodied carbon crusader For National Engineers Week 2022, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  Who (or what) inspired you to become an engineer? In high school, a math teacher suggested architecture as a field of study she thought would be a good fit for me. I knew nothing about architecture at the time, so I spent time looking into the profession and ...

#Eweek2022 Spotlight | Rick DeMarinis

Engineering for an energy-efficient future For National Engineers Week 2022, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  Who (or what) inspired you to become an engineer? I didn’t know anything in particular about engineering in high school but felt that my strengths were related to the sciences. When I looked at college opportunities in my state, Montana Tech...

In the News: Cushing Terrell Announces Pro Bono Program for Social Action

Cushing Terrell’s newly established pro bono program supports its nationwide DEI efforts and creates coordinated opportunities for charitable giving. Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell has formally outlined a plan to expand upon and diversify its annual donated services. The firmwide pro bono program — encompassing all thirteen offices — is part of a larger effort by the practice to better define its commitment to social action. In addition to providing pro bon...

Behind the Design: Rebecca Muchow, Architect in Minneapolis

Pull back the curtain and get to know the people behind the design. The solutions we develop for clients and communities are brought to you by passionate individuals devoted to delivering better built environments — places that support healthy, productive, sustainable ways of living. The first of our #PeoplePassions series features Rebecca Muchow, an architect, mom, runner, equitable design advocate, and proponent of the three "Hs." What is your personal design philosoph...

Having ‘the Talk’: Solar Now vs. Solar Readiness

This is how the story begins: Your client has a new project and is committed to making a difference through zero net energy (ZNE) goals. As a member of the design community committed to ZNE, you’re stoked. This is the path to a better built environment. All parties understand what’s at stake (the future of our planet) and the substantial impact buildings have (36% of global energy use*). But as it turns out, the protagonists in this story have hurdles to overcome. Guiding...

In the News: Cushing Terrell Proposes Land Use Changes in Response to Recent IPCC Climate Reports

Director of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, Keith Walzak, identifies opportunities to slow climate change through revised land use tactics. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report this summer on the state of the warming planet, declaring: "It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land." Findings from the report — approved by 195 governments and based on more than 14,000 studies — also s...

Randy Rhoads, RA, joins Cushing Terrell as Executive Director of Affordable Housing

Rhoads will lead education efforts, partnership development, and creative design solutions for affordable housing projects across the United States. Randy Rhoads, Executive Director of Affordable Housing Cushing Terrell welcomes Randy Rhoads as Executive Director of Affordable Housing. Rhoads brings more than 30 years of experience in the design of residential, commercial/retail, education, and government projects to his position with the ...

Cushing Terrell Promotes Team Members to Leadership Positions

Continuing to advance our market-specific design teams and service-sector expertise Cushing Terrell, a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, and interior design firm, is proud to announce the promotion of four team members to market and service-sector leadership positions. "These individuals have extensive experience in their specific areas and beyond," says President Greg Matthews. "With their in-depth knowledge of industry drivers, best practices, emerging trend...

IWD 2021: Meeting the challenge to influence positive change

The accomplishments, leadership, and contributions of women to society, business, industry, government, the non-profit world — and so much more — are top of mind as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (IWD). Celebrations like these help us keep in mind the need to continue our collective work toward gender equity in the workplace and beyond. In line with this year's IWD theme, #ChooseToChallenge, we've marked the occasion by asking some of our newest associa...

Cushing Terrell hires Keith Walzak AICP, ASLA as Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture

Walzak will focus on sustainable urban planning and post-pandemic housing and development needs for mid-sized communities across the western United States.  Keith Walzak, Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture Cushing Terrell welcomes Keith Walzak as Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture. Walzak brings 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors leading efforts to build thriving communities through healthy, ...

#Eweek2021 Spotlight | Michael White

Engineering inclusive infrastructure For National Engineers Week 2021, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? As a kid, there was usually a sprawling Lego city on my bedroom floor. As I got older, I really enjoyed studying physics and earth sciences. After a couple detours in other fields, engineering caught hold of me and didn’t...

Cushing Terrell promotes nine team members as firm’s newest associates

New associates demonstrate the energy, activism, community engagement, and design excellence of our team Cushing Terrell, a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, and interior design firm, is proud to announce the promotion of nine team members to the role of associate. These team members come from across the firm’s locations and serve clients in a variety of markets. In addition to strengthening client relationships and leading projects, teams, and strategy, they...

#Eweek2021 Spotlight | Puru Shah

Engineering for resilience For National Engineers Week 2021, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? Everyone in my family has had their own business. As a kid, I helped my dad manage his hardware business and learned a lot about construction, paint, plumbing systems, and metals. This piqued my interest in design, but I wasn't as ...

#Eweek2021 Spotlight | Raelynn Meissner

Putting the green in engineering For National Engineers Week 2021, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? My dad! He's a petroleum engineer. Plus, I was a natural at science and math in school. Originally, I had planned to pursue a degree in architecture because I've always loved buildings and how they are designed and built. My ...

Putting out fires and taking on the tough jobs, Nathan Helfrich is honored with the 2020 Integrity and Client Service Award

The Integrity and Client Service (ICS) Award is the highest annual honor bestowed upon a Cushing Terrell team member. Nicknamed “The Geno” after 54-year-tenured Gene Kolstad, the award is presented in December with a cash prize. Colleagues are nominated from across the firm, and the winner is judged on their excellence in three categories: honesty, compassion, and responsiveness. Our 2020 ICS Award recipient is Nathan Helfrich. A project architect and associate in Bozeman, Montana, he's...

Cushing Terrell launches multidisciplinary Infrastructure group

The team will focus on land development, water resources, transportation, and energy services Cushing Terrell is pleased to announce the creation of Cushing Terrell Infrastructure, the firm’s newest vertical market. This multidisciplinary group will be dedicated to projects associated with the development of national and local infrastructure. “The formation of this specialty group within Cushing Terrell builds upon our belief that design integration opens the doors for de...

Cushing Terrell promotes eight team members to Associate Principal

New APs reflect the firm's regional diversity and breadth of market experience Cushing Terrell, a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, and interior design firm, is proud to announce the promotion of eight team members to the role of associate principal. The team members come from across the firm’s locations and serve clients in a variety of markets, including commercial, education, healthcare, government, residential, and retail. “The individuals we’ve named as a...

COVID-19 design solutions: Rethinking air circulation in patient and operating rooms

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck, some of the "behind the scenes" first responders were engineers. Given our team's work in healthcare design for clients such as Billings Clinic, Bozeman Health, and SLC Health/St. Vincent, our mechanical engineers were tasked with developing solutions for air circulation and ventilation in patient and operating rooms to prevent the spread of airborne infection. With so many unknowns about COVID-19, it was critical to provide areas where p...

#Eweek2020 Spotlight | Hollie Mellgren

Enjoys the journey, and the finish line For National Engineers Week 2020, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? This may be a recurring theme with engineers, but my inspiration came from an interest in math, particularly calculus (yes, it's true). Finding myself understanding math, with the help of an amazing teacher, was a grea...

Cushing Terrell appoints Greg Matthews, AIA, as president and CEO

The firm also adds a chief knowledge officer to the executive leadership team President and CEO Greg Matthews Cushing Terrell is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Matthews as president and CEO of Cushing Terrell. Greg replaces the firm's outgoing president, Scott Wilson, who will remain with the firm and continue to serve on the board.  Greg will lead the continued growth of the architecture and engineering design firm, which inc...

#Eweek2020 Spotlight | Chelsea Billingsley

Just add water For National Engineers Week 2020, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? My older brother, Tyler, inspired me to become an engineer. Going into college, I didn’t have a clear direction of what I wanted to do, and I remember thinking his career path seemed both cool and challenging. He's also a water/wastewater engi...

#Eweek2020 Spotlight | Tim Johnson

Data-driven and service-oriented For National Engineers Week 2020, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? My dad’s career as a physicist took us to Los Alamos, New Mexico, a town based around the national laboratory there, with all sorts of cutting-edge research and development going on. My dad’s passion for science and a few int...

#Eweek2020 Spotlight | Zack Graham

Civil in spirit and in practice For National Engineers Week 2020, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? I went to college and started studying mechanical engineering for no other reason than I had a natural bent toward math and physics. After my sophomore year, rather than finding an internship (as my parents suggested), I spent...

#Eweek2020 Spotlight | Omar Chavez

Multi-faceted adventure seeker For National Engineers Week 2020, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? I'm a person who looks for the logic in how things work. I've always been good at math, and I've enjoyed working with my hands ever since I was a kid. These interests all led me to pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engin...

#Eweek2020 Spotlight | Allyn Jorgensen

STEM champion extraordinaire For National Engineers Week 2020, we’re sharing stories from Cushing Terrell’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? In high school, my mom took me to a seminar where a few women spoke about their engineering careers. I wasn’t exactly sure about a career at that time, but I liked math, physics, and taking things apart. What struck me was how en...

Today, CTA Architects Engineers becomes Cushing Terrell

Firm's 80th anniversary inspires name change to celebrate its legacy while looking to the future Commemorating its 80th anniversary, CTA Architects Engineers is pleased to announce that the firm is changing its name to Cushing Terrell. The name and brand refresh celebrate the firm’s legacy and core values while looking to the future. Founded in Billings, Montana in 1938 by Ralph Cushing and Everett Terrell, the firm was established on a shared belief that integrating arch...

IN THE NEWS: Nick Doherty contributes to the conversation on natural refrigerants

ACHR News recently covered a North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council workshop in which attendees discussed strategies for making the transition to alternative refrigerants. Cushing Terrell refrigeration engineer Nick Doherty is featured. From ACHR News (subscription required): California Supermarkets Prepare for Low-GWP Future NASRC workshop covers strategies for making the transition to alternative refrigerants By Joanna R. Turpin California is one of a growing number of stat...

Applying workplace design strategies to the classroom (and vice versa)

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a major change in the way workplaces are designed. Not long ago (and still today!), the creative, collaborative, open office environments common now were met with resistance and trepidation. It felt radically different at the time — turning the status quo on its head by creating workplaces that are not only more equitable and democratic, but also facilitate more productive interaction with colleagues, create health and wellness benefits, and fully utiliz...

IN THE NEWS: Accruent opens office in downtown New Orleans

We're so pleased to see technology company Accruent move into its new office on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Our third project for this client, our team provided architectural and interior design for the remodel, with the goal of creating a workplace home that facilitates streamlined, efficient, collaborative work and reflects the energetic, colorful culture of Accruent and the surrounding city. We hope the Accruent team enjoys their new space! From neworleanscitybusine...

Cushing Terrell in Minneapolis: “You betcha”-backed design

Hailing from diverse offices across the Unites States — from the mountain region to major metros — our teams showcase the very best in multi-disciplinary collaboration. Whether the expertise comes from one location or multiple, we work with our clients to design responsible, imaginative, first-of-their-kind environments. For a little local flair, we’re highlighting our office teams, showcasing their capabilities and culture. When we think of the Midwest character, we often think of peo...

New in our portfolio: Nestled in place

Sitting adjacent to a mountain lake at Montana’s Rock Creek Cattle Company, this one-bedroom cabin offers an escape in the wilderness with all the luxury comforts that make it so you never want to leave. The open floor plan and …...

New in our portfolio: Learning spaces that foster skill building

When designing an alternative high school, it’s natural to do things a little different. For the new Willard Alternative High School, part of Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) in Montana, the team worked to create a fun, funky, colorful, and spacious environment that would be comfortable and welcoming to students transitioning to a “new home.” Most importantly, it needed to house the spaces, resources, and technology that would help propel students into fulfilling futures. Working c...

Congratulations to our newest associates!

We recently named 11 team members as associates, recognizing their contributions to CTA, our projects, and our communities. These individuals are explorers and innovators, driving our business forward by supporting our culture, building successful teams, and focusing on continuous improvement. They demonstrate leadership while advocating for and recognizing others. They're active with both professional and charitable organizations, and ultimately, work and live by the Golden Rule. Take ...

ASLA awards: Contributing to “impact growth” in Idaho

This year’s awards theme for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Idaho/Montana chapter was “Impact Growth.” Given the need to responsibly and thoughtfully develop green spaces in our rapidly growing urban areas, this was a timely topic at the chapter’s biennial conference. Speakers discussed urban development, wetlands, national parks, and landscape architecture’s role in helping to shape both urban and rural areas. Angela Hansen, a landscape architect who grew up in Ida...

IN THE NEWS: For Idaho’s design and construction firms, it’s smart to head back to school

In the April issue of the Idaho Business Review's Square Feet, the quarterly supplement focuses on the basics of Idaho school funding, the design/build process, historic preservation, and distance learning. Education design studio lead, Corey Johnson, spoke to the planning process. From idahobusinessreview.com: A scorching hot construction market, competition for appropriate sites, and volatility in the prices of materials such as steel and concrete make long-range plan...

IN THE NEWS: Gallatin High School rising, on time and on budget

Touring the construction site of Bozeman, Montana's new Gallatin High School, the project team talks about their progress and excitement as it takes shape, with a quote from CTA architect Nathan Helfrich. From bozemandailychronicle.com: Neither record snow, nor bitter cold, nor acres of mud have stopped the subcontractors working under general contractor Langlas & Associates. “Snow in February slowed us down a little bit,” said Roger Davis, Langlas’ project manager....

#WLAM2019 | Holistic healthcare design

For World Landscape Architecture Month, we're taking a look at some of the ways we can push the boundaries in landscape architecture. The projects cover an array of concepts: how nature-driven design can facilitate well-being, site development that supports local ecosystems, and the use of virtual reality in landscape design. The project capsule below demonstrates how design can mirror familiar landscapes, offering comfort on the journey to healing. Redefining the patient experience ...

#WLAM2019 | The future of landscape architecture

Landscape architecture connects people to nature in creative and powerful ways. At CTA, we pursue simple yet thought-provoking and diverse ways to make those connections that will persist into the future. In my work, I collaborate with fellow landscape architects who go beyond traditional methods of design and construction. To create meaningful designs, we study and incorporate natural processes and context so people can relate to and feel invigorated by their surroundings. The future o...

#WLAM2019 | Embracing local ecosystems

For World Landscape Architecture Month, we're taking a look at some of the ways we can push the boundaries in landscape architecture. The projects cover an array of concepts: site development that supports local ecosystems, the use of virtual reality in landscape design, and how nature-driven design can help facilitate healing well-being. Our next project capsule looks at how we can embrace and support local ecosystems through knowledgeable and thoughtful landscape development. ...

#WLAM2019 | Landscape design in a virtual world

For World Landscape Architecture Month, we're taking a look at some of the ways we can push the boundaries in landscape architecture. The projects cover an array of concepts: the use of virtual reality in landscape design, site development that supports local ecosystems, and how nature-driven design can help facilitate healing and well-being. First up, landscape design in a virtual world. The future of camping KOA gave us the freedom to imagine well beyond the boundaries ...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Tyler Victorino

Engineering positive change in places near and far For National Engineers Week 2019, we’re sharing stories from some of CTA’s engineering talent to learn more about how they chose their profession and what makes them tick.  What inspired you to become an engineer? I’ve always been drawn to math and science. At about age nine, I started professing my desire to be an engineer when I grew up. Upon being granted the freedom of four wheels, I developed an affinity for car audi...
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