Culture

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...

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...

#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...

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 56-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...

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...

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...

#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...

#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 Tough Jobs, Nathan Helfrich is Honored with 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...

Audio interview: Architect Tony Houtz discusses today’s distribution center with industry veteran Dave Irvin

A near-universal truth for designers: the best way to learn about the needs of a unique type of space is by speaking with the people who use it. It's something we do at Cushing Terrell for every new project. For the sake of catching up on current events and learning how COVID-19 has affected distribution, I spoke with Dave Irvin, General Manager of Eagle Beverage, a veteran Montana beer distributor and long-time acquaintance. We covered topics spanning current market conditions, scaling...

Diversity, technology, and knowledge: Adapting to change in the A/E industry

Chief Knowledge Officer Jim Armer There's never been a time when our firm's ability to adapt, and our team's resiliency, have been so greatly tested. We’ve survived downturns in the economy and responded to local and national crises, but the shift we’re undergoing now — as a global society in response to the current pandemic — is something that could fundamentally change how we all live and work, for the long-term. As our industry comes together to partn...

#EarthDay2020: Let’s get moving (literally!) and centralize our waste

Interior Designer Kaare Sola Two years ago, Cushing Terrell in Seattle staged a trial run to evaluate the feasibility of moving to a centralized waste system. What exactly does this entail? A centralized waste collection model is when waste (including recycling, landfill, and compost) is limited to one or two collection points within a space. People who use the space must take their waste to the designated collection area, where it is sorted and removed....

How we’re responding to COVID-19

President Greg Matthews As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation intensifies, so too does our focus on serving our clients. In the interest of keeping our teams working together in the safest, healthiest environments possible, we’re prioritizing self-care and remote work, but we’re here, moving your projects forward as planned. As a dispersed team, we’re accustomed to working virtually and in different locations. Our technology stack, implemented years a...

Challenge accepted! Greening our Cushing Terrell materials libraries

Senior Interior Designer Kaare Sola The backstory... As a senior interior designer with Cushing Terrell and someone who’s passionate about making eco-conscious choices when it comes to our work, I was struck by an "aha" moment during a Greenbuild seminar two years ago. While soaking up a presentation from mindful MATERIALS (mM), I was inspired to make a difference at our firm. The mM database is a free, online resource that helps people make informed dec...

Honored to be at the helm of this great team

Twenty-four years ago, I walked into Cushing Terrell for my first day on the job as an AIT (architect in training). I specifically remember hearing about doing business by the Golden Rule and the client-first mentality that, at the time, had defined the firm for almost 60 years. Today officially marks another “first day” on the job for me — as president of our firm. Now, I assume the responsibility of not only living out these core principles that made such an impression on me, but trul...

#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...

#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...

‘Absolutely Alan’ Anseth honored with 2019 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 each 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 2019 honoree is Alan Anseth, an associate owner and project manager from Billings, Montana, with the f...

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit: Strengthening the community of women architects

Last September, as a fairly new employee with Cushing Terrell, I had my first opportunity to travel for work. Part of our communications team, I met up with architects from four of our offices — Billings, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Seattle — to attend the AIA 2019 Women's Leadership Summit (WLS) held in the lovely city of Minneapolis. My first WLS, it was amazing to be there with team members, plus 750 other attendees! Described as the largest gathering of women architects in one roo...

Evolution that takes you back to your roots

Scott Wilson, President The handshake between Ralph Cushing and Everett Terrell launched our firm 81 years ago and marked the beginning of a unique approach to doing business in the world of design. We’re celebrating that handshake with a name change that takes us back to those founding moments while preparing us for the next chapter: CTA Architects Engineers is now Cushing Terrell. Since Ralph and Everett founded this design practice, the company has gr...

Cushing Terrell in Boise: Invested in community, each other, and fun

Hailing from diverse offices across the United 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. It was 1966. Twenty-seven years after our firm opened its firs...

New program invites young designers to interrogate experts — up first, David Salmela

Design Principal David Koel, an architect for 26 years, is a curious guy. He channels his hunger for knowledge into learning opportunities — from reading to investigation to simply asking a zillion questions of people who know things he doesn't. (This especially comes out in his many discussions with clients.) But Koel doesn't learn in a vacuum — and he thinks asking questions should not only be encouraged but given center stage at a design- and knowledge-centric place like Cushing Terr...

Cushing Terrell in Denver: These unicorns are for real

Hailing from diverse offices across the United 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. Our Denver office is a story of the underdog: an experimental...

Cushing Terrell in Austin: ATX-tremely connected

Hailing from diverse offices across the United 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. Our Austin office was established in 2004 as a locally grown ...

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...

Building culture from the inside out

Creating a strong, inclusive workplace culture is not only a great way to recruit and retain talented team members, it’s also fundamental to the overall health of an organization. As employees, we want to have a sense of belonging and of purpose, knowing that our unique contributions matter and are appreciated. To help build this culture and make CTA’s onboarding process more robust (and fun), we launched the CTA Culture Ambassador program. For each of our larger offices, we’ve identifi...

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 ...

Design-thinking crash course as an AIA awards judge

Imagine diving into a review of 304 design projects, spending 280 hours dedicated to thinking about design and what makes a good design project, and finally, voting for your top choice. If that sounds intense, it was. However, it was also an incredibly collaborative and illuminating experience. This is what it takes to be a juror for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2019 awards program. Homework I began reviewing submissions on August 17, and I kept up a pace of nine each day ...

#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...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Amairani Fruechte

The more calculations, the better 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 didn’t know about engineering until my aunt described her friend’s successful career as a computer engineer. I was intrigued and realized the common characteristic among engineering professions is math, which happens to be my ...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Lindsay Watters

 Sees beauty in art, music, and logical structural solutions 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? Music and math were integral to my young life. Having played acoustic guitar for six years, then classical saxophone through college, I developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of music. I see musi...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Alex Russell

A modern-day magician 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 believe I was destined to be an engineer of some sort. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of things. As a young child, I would often take things apart to see how they worked and then put them back t...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Greg Gedney

A literary engineer with a spirit of adventure 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 originally wanted to become an architect, and in high school, I signed up for a polytechnic school in Arizona to learn architecture and engineering basics specific to residential and commercial buildings. My first...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Jennifer Parkhurst

Thinks heat-loss calculations are cool 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? Bill Nye the Science Guy, because that guy is awesome. My parents always encouraged me to explore my interest in the sciences as well. At a young age, I was interested in the design of Earthships — passive energy homes buil...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Taneasha Roberts

Providing illumination through mentoring 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 naturally excelled in math and science, and I love puzzles. In junior high, I attended a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) camp at the University of Kansas and that was the clincher — I just knew this wa...

#Eweek2019 Spotlight | Alan and Nathan Bronec

Father and son engineering dynamic duo 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? Alan: Growing up on a farm in central Montana, we were 70 miles from the closest town that stocked repair parts for farm equipment. When equipment failed, we didn’t have the time or money to go that far, so we...

Carl Maehl Receives the 2018 Integrity and Client Service Award

The Integrity and Client Service (ICS) Award is the highest honor bestowed internally upon a CTA team member. Nicknamed “The Geno” after 53-year-tenured Gene Kolstad, the award is presented each December with a cash prize. Colleagues are nominated from across the firm, and the winner is judged to excel in three categories: honesty, compassion, and responsiveness. Our 2018 honoree is Carl Maehl, an associate and electrical engineer in Missoula. Carl has been with CTA for nearly 20 years,...

IN THE NEWS: Building Owners Go the “Extra Mile” for Tenants

Our CTA office in downtown Boise was featured in an article by the Idaho Business Review as an example of how landlords are creating or retrofitting spaces that help tenants attract and retain employees. Located in the Eighth & Main Building, our office was designed by CTA in partnership with building owner Gardner Company. From idahobusinessreview.com: At the Eight & Main Building, CTA Boise is home to the firm’s second-largest office, and home to more than 90 te...

Relationships and collaboration as key tenets of Ethiopian building community

In early November, I was privileged to provide 50-60 architecture, landscape architecture, and building construction students and faculty, plus locally practicing architects, a glimpse into professional practice in the United States at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction, and City Development (EiABC). The opportunity was made possible through connections between my wife, Linda Beal, and Nebiyu Sultan, International Relations Team Lead at the EiABC, during Lind...

CTA team members create fun engineering activity for Billings STEM Saturday event

This past Saturday, Hollie Mellgren, Jennifer Parkhurst, and Allyn Jorgensen from CTA Billings volunteered to help local 2nd through 8th-grade students with hands-on engineering activities as part of Billings STEM Saturday's "Adventures in Engineering" event. STEM Billings holds three to four events per school year to engage local students in STEM activities. Over 130 kids signed up for the most recent event! So, what do two mechanical engineers and one structural engineer opt to do for...

#CTASpotlight | Zoe Smith: A Montana Duality

When Zoe (pronounced Zoh) Smith speaks about Montana, she pays respect to the raw survival instinct it demands, its rough-and-tumble roots, and its gruff no-nonsense attitude. Without a doubt, Zoe radiates these same qualities, sharing the essence of her home state. The delightful surprise, though, is that she embodies them without sacrificing an incredibly warm and supportive spirit. Though she was born in Georgia, she comes from a long line of Montanans and has lived in the state for ...
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