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Integrated Project Delivery: A Cooperative Approach

The integrated design project delivery method can preempt issues by establishing early and frequent collaboration. Predictability isn’t a given in the AEC world. Designers, engineers, and general contractors gather estimates, build schedules, and procure materials to gain as much certainty as they can before a project launches. Countless factors can derail even the most detailed plans, however. Supply chain issues, labor availability, or pandemics can throw plans into dis...

Kevin Stewart Joins Cushing Terrell as Food and Beverage Design Studio Director

Stewart will lead new business pursuits, strategic partnership development, and client relationship management for the firm's food and beverage work. Kevin Stewart, Food and Beverage Design Studio Director Cushing Terrell welcomes Kevin Stewart as director of the firm’s Food and Beverage Design Studio. Stewart brings more than 20 years of experience to the Cushing Terrell team, ranging from hospitality, food and beverage, and cultural proj...

Chris Goslin, Refrigeration Engineering Director, Honored with 2022 ICS Award

Chris Goslin may be a director of Cushing Terrell’s Refrigeration Engineering team, but there's not a cold shoulder in sight when it comes to his relationships with team members, partners, and clients. As the 2022 recipient of the firm’s Integrity and Client Service (ICS) Award, Chris has demonstrated the utmost care for his clients and their projects. The phrase consistently associated with Chris is "going above and beyond," and he demonstrates this in all ways, from mentoring team mem...

Pro Bono Design Services: Our First Inaugural Update!

As 2022 comes to a close, we’re celebrating all the many little influences our team members have had across our industry and in our communities.   Cushing Terrell is committed to community engagement and social action. As we see it, “social action” is a designation characterized by movement. It encompasses a wide array of needs and aspirations and includes our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative, a commitment to sustainable design, pro bono work, and service within the com...

Behind the Design: Tracy Baker, Architect and Boise Healthcare Studio Lead

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. Our next #PeoplePassions blog post features Tracy Baker, an architect, healthcare studio lead, mentor, team-bonding enthusiast, proponent of alternative transportation, cyclist, and fan of the pub crawl. ...

Design Forum Pulls in Designers Firmwide for Festival of Sketching, Discussion, and Bonding

September saw Cushing Terrell's Design Forum resurrected as team members from various disciplines and locations met in Boise, Idaho, to sharpen design skills, make friends, and rejuvenate the soul. Design leaders Joel Anderson and Bryan Hallowell — who planned and moderated the two-day event — took time to debrief afterward by answering a few questions about the experience. What, exactly, is a Design Forum? Joel Anderson: We have so much to share as designe...

Town & Country Mill Creek Renovation: Where Convenience Meets Exploration

Seattle-based grocery chain offers up inspiration — and finds some of its own. Like our daily routes in life — efficiently mapped out according to the location of jobs, schools, and activities — trips to the grocery store often follow a predictable pattern. First stop: the produce section for salad greens; right turn to the frozen food aisle for a quick dinner item; loop around to the bakery section for a loaf of bread or dinner rolls; then a bee line to the check-out sta...

Cushing Terrell Awarded Montana State University Campus Energy Master Plan Contract

Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell has been awarded a multi-year, multi-phase contract to develop a campus-wide energy master plan and targeted projects to help Montana State University (MSU) increase its energy efficiency.   Cushing Terrell will assist MSU with its continued progress to design, construct, and maintain buildings on its campus with unprecedented levels of energy efficiency. A large part of this effort will include comprehensive energy planning for existing and...

Cushing Terrell Awarded IDIQ Contracts to Support Interior Department Projects

The multidisciplinary design firm will provide maintenance, upgrades, and protection solutions for an array of U.S. natural and cultural heritage sites. Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell and Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner Hollingsworth Pack have been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract for architecture and engineering (A/E) services with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in support of projects funded by the Great Am...

Seven Key Student Needs and the Design Tools to Support Them

When we design learning environments, we must start with the needs of the users — the students and staff who will occupy the spaces. Through design, we have a great opportunity to dig deeper and employ tools and strategies that positively influence the mental and social health of the people within the building. Are the spaces we design inclusive? Does the environment support a student’s ability not only to learn, but also to thrive? Consider what we’ve learned from research in the areas...

Historic Building in Downtown Billings Sees New Life as a Hub for Entrepreneurs

What could be better than a historic preservation project that supports entrepreneurial innovation and long-term economic prosperity? For Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) — a public-private partnership dedicated to sustaining and growing Yellowstone County’s vibrant economy and quality of life — renovating the 100-plus-year-old Montana National Bank building as a business incubator space was the perfect way to facilitate meaningful connections and provide resources for start-ups and ...

Cushing Terrell Promotes Sandi Rudy to Lead the Firm’s Interior Design Group

Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell is pleased to announce leadership transitions for its Interior Design group. Associate Sandi Rudy, RID, LEED ID+C, has been promoted as director of the firm's Interior Design service sector. Rudy will be responsible for the strategic direction of the group, business development and high-level client relationship management, staffing and workload management, mentorship and career development for team members, and overall success, health, and ...

Cushing Terrell Promotes Team Members to Associate Principal

New APs demonstrate leadership in the growth of the firm’s residential and government markets Multidisciplinary design firm, Cushing Terrell, is proud to announce the promotion of two team members to the role of associate principal: Josh Hersel, based in Boise, Idaho, and Shawn Pelowitz, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the growth of their markets — residential and government respectively — and in their ability to develop t...

The Ecology of Education: Designing Optimal, Evolving Learning Environments

The role of the designer is to immerse themselves in the world of the user groups they design for while keeping an eye on the bigger picture, pulling in knowledge and inspiration from a variety of sources. How we live, work, and learn is constantly changing, and so too must the practice of how we design for the built environment. With this desire to understand user groups as well as address fluctuating needs and circumstances, our approach to design must be responsive and facilitate the...

Cushing Terrell Seattle Unveils its New Downtown Office

Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell occupies 9,000 sq. ft. office space in Seattle’s Waterfront District.  Relocating from Lower Queen Anne, the Cushing Terrell Seattle team joins other businesses committed to reoccupying and revitalizing Seattle’s downtown. Needing to accommodate a growing staff and adapt to a shift in workplace expectations, the team, led by Associate Principal Chris Aageson recently moved into the seventh floor of the Agen Warehouse building ...

Cushing Terrell Relocates in Minneapolis; Names Rebecca Muchow Minneapolis Office/Midwest Region Manager

Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell has relocated their Minneapolis team to a new office in the downtown Mill District. Located in the historic Barrel House at 111 3rd Avenue South, Suite 220, the office is adjacent to the Mississippi River and surrounded by iconic destination spots. In conjunction with the move, Cushing Terrell has named Rebecca Muchow, AIA, LEED AP, LFA, as the firm’s new Minneapolis office and Midwest region lead. An architect, associate, and Minnesota nati...

Aspen Lumberyard Project: Envisioning What Affordable Housing Can Be

The term “affordable housing” has at times come with a certain stigma, but this should never be the case, and as imaginative designers, we have the power to change this perception. Everyone deserves a healthy, desirable, affordable place to live. Affluent places such as Aspen, Colorado, thrive because of the people who power commercial, civic, and service-based jobs. In this fast-growing resort town, the city is working to address affordable housing needs through human-centered developm...

Cushing Terrell Named a Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group

We made the list! We’re thrilled to be named a 2022 Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group. This honor reflects the input of our team members and their daily contributions to create an amazing work environment. It feels great to be recognized and to know our people feel valued, empowered, and directly responsible for our firm’s success. President and CEO Greg Matthews “I’m incredibly proud of our team and thankful for each person’s efforts t...

Alan Bronec, PE, Named Director of Cushing Terrell’s Infrastructure Group

Multidisciplinary design firm, Cushing Terrell, enhances its strategic focus on key growth areas — energy services and energy infrastructure design.   Alan Bronec, Principal and Director of Infrastructure Cushing Terrell has announced that Alan Bronec, who currently serves as Principal in Charge of Electrical Engineering, will serve as Director of the firm’s Infrastructure Group. This organizational change aligns with the firm’s strong gro...

Montana State University’s Beloved, Historic Romney Hall Awarded LEED Gold

Celebrating a sustainability milestone inspired by generations of forward-thinking students. Originally constructed in 1922, Romney Hall is one of the most noteworthy buildings on Montana State University’s (MSU) campus in Bozeman. Prominently located along Grant Street and adjacent to the open greenspace of the Romney Oval, this iconic building contributes significant value to the MSU Historic District, and is listed on the National Register of Historic...

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...

Urban Planning: What Cities Can Learn from Minneapolis’ Commitment to Community

The Root District is pulling out all the stops to create an equitable, sustainable, and appropriately dense community in the heart of a major metro area.   There are three red sheds you can see as you drive north on the I-94 overpass from downtown Minneapolis. These sheds are home to one of the oldest farmers markets in the city, part of a neighborhood that is now being called the North Loop Root District. Since 1876, this small corner of the world (First Street and Henne...

Land (Re) Use and Climate Change: Breathing New Life into Old Buildings

Adaptive reuse gives us the opportunity to meld past and present and create a deeper, more meaningful sense of place, all while realizing environmental benefits. The basic concept behind recycling is that it reuses an existing item. In some cases, the item is reused in its existing form: a water bottle is refilled again and again. In other cases, the item is adapted for a new use: a water bottle (or many water bottles) is transformed into a pair of sneakers or yoga pants....

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...

IWD 2022: The Diverse Perspectives and Unique Influence Moms Have on Design

At Cushing Terrell, we value the diverse perspectives our team members bring to our design work and our firm as a whole. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the contributions of working moms. With the disruption caused by the pandemic on the normal routine of our lives, working moms often found themselves responsible for balancing both work from home and school/daycare from home. As we (hopefully) come out of the pandemic, it's crucial that we use the lessons learned from this time t...

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...

[White Paper] The Fluid, Sustainable Future of Retail

Millennials, Gen Z, and Gen Alpha are the stakeholders of the planet’s future. They consider consumption a matter of ethical, social, and sustainable concern — and this has a major impact on the future of retail. In the second installment of our Future of Retail research, Cushing Terrell's Retail Design Studio in partnership with Associate Professor Rebekah Matheny from the Ohio State University Department of Design, describe insights into how ecofeminism and intersection...

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...

A Communications Wizard Who ‘Inspires Everyone Around Her,’ Marni Moore Bestowed with 2021 ICS Award

The Integrity and Client Service (ICS) Award is the highest annual honor bestowed upon a Cushing Terrell team member. Nicknamed “The Geno” after 55-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. Do pay attention to that woman behind the curtain. She's Marni Moore, Cushing Terrell’s con...

Greenbuild 2021: More Than Just a Ripple, Let’s Be the Wave

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a renewed emphasis on health, wellness, and resiliency — in our schools, workplaces, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, and all the ways we gather together and seek care for ourselves. In parallel, and to the degree they’re intertwined, we’ve also seen corporate and government climate pledges reach new heights in the effort to curb the negative impacts of global warming. Companies are being challenged to do better by a workforce with new concerns ...

An Energy Expert Answers the Question: What Is Carbon Neutrality?

Big companies and organizations have been in the headlines lately as they make carbon neutral pledges, publicly stating their commitment to slowing the effects of climate change. These goals are admirable, but are they attainable? And perhaps equally importantly, do we really understand what it means to be carbon neutral? In the building industry, the carbon conversation has been ongoing for years, and those who study carbon emissions are keenly aware that the built environment is a maj...

[White Paper] Driving the Future of Retail Through Experience per Square Foot

How do we optimize for experience in physical retail environments? By engaging the senses, integrating brand and placemaking, and prioritizing wellness. The physical retail environment has become even more crucial for driving sales, even at a time when there's a preference for the convenience of online shopping. The key to engaging consumers in physical spaces is to design in a way that maximizes in-person experiences. These immersive, unique opportunities to interact wit...

Designing Educational Facilities for the Next Generation of Healthcare Workers

There are an estimated 175,900 job openings for registered nurses each year through 2029 — and these are not positions our country or communities want to leave unfilled. The figure comes from a 2019 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it highlights the need to continue building this essential workforce. It also correlates to building and updating learning facilities to best train healthcare workers so they can step into their fields well prepared to keep the nation safe. It’...

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...

Office Design Today: Expect the Unexpected

The future is hard to predict, but a few design tricks can help.  Of all the places we’ve mused over returning to since the onset of the pandemic, toward the top of the list is the workplace. While there’s no across-the-board strategy that’s been adopted to get us there — and some workers never left their posts — one particular sentiment has risen to the top: Office work will never be the same.  We know that work environments must support the changes in how we’ve come to ...

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...

Reduce, Re-use, Re-imagine: How to Slow Climate Change by Slowing Urban Sprawl

The case for compact, vertical, walkable urban neighborhoods In the U.S., we’ve typically defined upward mobility as outward growth: larger properties, bigger homes, more cars. But as we’ve stretched out and claimed more for ourselves, it’s come at the cost of the environment and a comfortable future. Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report on the state of the warming planet, stating: “It is unequivocal that human influe...

Three Ways to Keep Costs Down While Building Material Prices Are Up

With material costs reaching local maximums, it’s time to get creative and think beyond the steel and lumber we know and love. Price spikes like we're currently facing result in a number of challenges for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. But backorders and shortages don’t have to mean pausing or cancelling a project; rather, they may simply mean making smart, conscious design decisions that support sustainable and efficient development. So why not revisit our mo...

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 ...

Placemaking in Pocket Parks: Sustaining Authenticity in Urban Neighborhoods

Placemaking can help us identify and attribute certain characteristics to growing neighborhoods. When we imagine urban green spaces, our mind’s eye may conjure up images of major parks — the likes of Central Park in New York City, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Millennium Park in Chicago, or our very own Olympic Sculpture Park here in Seattle. But often, the most beloved green spaces in cities have the smallest footprints: spaces outside our homes where we go to seek ...

Tech by Design: Shaping Work Environments for Technology Companies

Technology companies not only are known for developing innovative products, but also for how they’ve influenced the modern workplace. From creating environments that support flexible work and function as a home away from home, to research and development labs that inspire creativity — the goal is to enable collaborative, productive teams united by the innovative work they do and their unique company cultures. As we continue to see growth in the technology industry, with federal and stat...

USP 800 Compliance: Best Practices for Designing Compounding Pharmacies

Designers are tasked with creating built environments that are safer and smarter than yesterday. Some of these choices are evident to a casual observer — clearer access to emergency exits, for example — but many are unseen and vitally important. This includes the technologies and systems used in buildings to contain hazardous materials. When it comes to compounding pharmacies, this work may require room pressurization controls, improved ventilation, and proper protective barriers. As st...

Watch the Webinar Recording: Indoor Air Quality Solutions for Healthy Schools and Healthy Students

The past year has been a period of reactionary change for schools, with the pandemic requiring a pivot to remote learning, hybrid options, and careful re-openings. With the opportunity to be proactive, incorporate lessons learned, and effectively invest COVID-19 relief funding, school districts are planning upgrades to their facilities that improve health, safety, and learning for the long term. This challenge found our team looking at the issue of indoor air quality (IAQ) from multipl...

The Power of Public Art: Enhancing the Places We Call Home

A natural offshoot of our team's architecture, engineering, graphic design, and landscape architecture talents, contributing to public art projects is one of the ways we stretch our creative muscles. The most recent example is a concept created for the Carpio Sanguinette Park design competition.  Incorporating art into our public spaces has incredible benefits — for individuals, communities, and local economies. Art draws us out. It inspires questions, dialogue, contempla...

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...
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